Four UK innovators backed by Vinci

Four UK construction technology start-ups have received backing from Vinci via its Catalyst programme.

Catalyst is run by Leonard, Vinci’s innovation arm, and supports mature companies in a position to start rolling out their products and services in partnership with the Vinci group.

Ten firms in total are being backed by Catalyst and will have preferential access to Vinci executives, and Leonard will support them up to the point where the partnership with Vinci is formalised.

The four UK businesses are:


Founded by clinical and research audiologist, Dr David Greenberg, Eave has developed smart ear defenders (see main image) linked to an online platform to prevent hearing loss from environmental noise while still delivering full 360-degree situational awareness. Eave was also recognised in the annual Cemex Ventures Top 50 ConTech Start-ups list (


Infogrid combines the world’s smallest IoT sensors with the power of AI to optimise and automate building management, saving time, money, protecting the environment, and improving security.


nPlan helps contractors identify and prevent major project delays before they happen. Having learned from more 500,000 construction schedules, they accurately identify delay risks on projects during tender and execution, formulating plans to deliver projects on time. nPlan’s technology has already being used by Network Rail (, and the business is building a partnership with Atkins (

Voyage Control

Voyage Control (UK) is a software solution improving construction logistics and supply chain management to streamline processes, enhance safety and protect the environment. Like Eave, it was also recognised in the annual Cemex Ventures Top 50 ConTech Start-ups list

The other six companies are:

  • AI Clearing of Poland develops a platform powered by AI to monitor the progress of infrastructure works, based on geospatial data.
  • Carbon Upcycling Technologies in Canada offers a carbon utilisation technology that creates advanced concrete additives from CO2 gas emissions.
  • Omniflow from Portugal is a smart IoT Lamp-pole powered by wind and solar energy, offering sustainable solutions for smart cities, powering high value-added services such as 5G cells, security cameras or IoT sensors.
  • Utilis from Israel offers infrastructure assessment and monitoring solutions, based on L-band SAR satellite analysis, specifically in the fields of water supply and transportation infrastructures.
  • vHive of Israel is a software solution that enables enterprises to deploy autonomous drone hives to digitise their assets and operations in the field, particularly in the inspection of cell towers, cranes, facades and more broadly any type of construction project or structure.
  • Viibe from France is a download-free video assistance technology dedicated to technical support centres providing expert remote diagnosis.

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