Petalite have several partnerships with companies and grant funding bodies to help accelerate the adoption of the technology platform, please find their links below.

Private Investment

Startup Funding Club was formed in 2012 by Stephen Page and four experienced entrepreneurs and investors. Recognising the boom in numbers of exciting new startups in the UK and the difficulty to access seed funding, Startup Funding Club aims to plug this gap through a collaboration of entrepreneurs, investors and service providers active in the UK startup community. All of the founders and advisors have been involved in funding, managing, and mentoring new businesses for many years.

Grant Funding

Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. For more information visit UK Research and Innovation’s website.

Innovate UK drive productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base.


Vivarail has designed and built a train that can be used now and in the future:. All power modules are inter-changeable so a train built with a diesel engine can be changed to batteries or fuel cells.

Trains can run as hybrids so a battery train can house supplementary diesel engines as a fail-safe
The Automatic Charging Point allows battery trains to run on non-electrified lines

Designs are underway for Vivarail’s next generation of new-build trains which will use the same power systems as the Class 230 – the modules mean all Vivarail trains can take advantage of new technologies as they emerge

Government Partners

The Department for Transport are responsible for providing policy, guidance, and funding to English local authorities to help them run and maintain their road networks, improve passenger and freight travel, and develop new major transport schemes. They are also investing in, maintaining and operating around 4,300 miles of the motorway and trunk road network in England through Highways England

setting the strategic direction for the rail industry in England and Wales – funding investment in infrastructure through Network Rail, awarding and managing rail franchises, and regulating rail fares


Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network. BSEEN offers intensive start-up support to students and graduates living in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP region. Part-funded by the ERDF and in conjunction with our partner institutions, we provide workshops, grants, office space and mentoring to help kick start your business.

Climate KIC are Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate change, consisting of dynamic companies, the best academic institutions and the public sector. They integrate education, entrepreneurship and innovation resulting in connected, creative transformation of knowledge and ideas into economically viable products or services that help to mitigate climate change.