Upstream is here to support innovation, collaboration and business growth – to make the borough a place to thrive. We are a partnership between Hammersmith & Fulham Council and Imperial College. Our focus is on the science, tech and creative industries.contact us
We are here to look after existing businesses, support startups and scale ups and attract new businesses to the borough. This includes:
Home to international and innovative businesses, blessed with river views, exceptional transport links, and a thriving arts scene, Hammersmith & Fulham has long been a great place to work and play.
Working with Imperial College London, H&F council published its Industrial Strategy in 2017. This outlined a vision to transform the borough into a global beacon of innovation and growth. The Partnership for Growth and Innovation aims to help make this vision into reality.
The Partnership for Growth and Innovation (or ‘Upstream’) is a joint venture between Imperial College and Hammersmith & Fulham Council that was set up in January 2018, with Prema Gurunathan and Jenni Young operating as Managing Director (jobshare). An Enterprise Advisory Group comprising of senior representatives from College and Council and business leaders provide guidance to the partnership.get in touch
Jenni’s experience spans marketing, communications, technology, media and entertainment. As Marketing & Centres Director for Digital Catapult, she led the successful launch and delivery of five Centres. In addition to working as CMO for a tech startup, she mentors for the Accelerator Academy, FFWD and New Entrepreneurs Foundation and is a member of Tech London Advocates.
Prema’s background is in corporate affairs. As Head of Public Affairs at ADS, the trade association for the aerospace and defence industries, she built support for the aerospace industrial strategy, which received £1.1bn from HMG. She is a consultant with clients including tech startups and is a member of Tech London Advocates.
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