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.

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What we do

We are here to look after existing businesses, support startups and scale ups and attract new businesses to the borough. This includes:

  • initiatives and events that connect academia, innovators, entrepreneurs and corporates, allowing them to collaborate.
  • targeted interventions to support local startups and scaleups.
  • showcasing success stories and exciting innovations in the borough.


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.

Who we are

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.

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Jenni Young

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 Gurunathan

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.

Our Enterprise Advisory Group

Dr Steve Allen


John Anderson

Director of Financial Strategy, Imperial College London

David Burns

Interim Head of Economic Development, LBHF

Councillor Stephen Cowan

Leader of LBHF

Sophie Devonshire

CEO, The Caffeine Partnership

Professor David Gann

VP for Innovation, Imperial College London

Greg Jackson

CEO, Octopus Energy

Councillor Prof. Andrew Jones

Cabinet Member, Economic Development and Regeneration

Jo Rowlands

Strategic Director Growth, and Place, LBHF

Dr Claire Thorne

Executive Officer to the Vice-President (Innovation), Imperial College London