Start-ups set to take-off with new Energy Launchpad

Published: 21 October 2020

Today our Innovator Support Platform becomes Energy Launchpad as we begin counting down a range of new offerings to boost UK innovators.

Since the Innovator Support Platform was launched two years ago, we’ve helped 44 SME Innovators with tailored Incubation and Acceleration support to springboard their products, services and business models towards commercialisation and scale up. A further 182 SMEs have accessed our Universal offering.

About the Energy Launchpad

Energy Launchpad will continue to offer these three main levels of support – Universal, Incubator and Accelerator – giving SMEs access to technical expertise on all aspects of the energy system, support with business modelling and commercial propositions, and help to identify funding and prepare for investment.

However, in the coming weeks we will boost our offerings with new opportunities in:

  • Supply Chain
  • International
  • Networking and Collaboration
  • Investors

Paul Jordan, Business Lead for Innovator Support and International at Energy Systems Catapult, said: “Today really marks the start of the ignition sequence for Energy Launchpad and over the next few weeks and months we’ll be revealing new offerings to help innovators to take-off across the UK.

“Our existing Incubation and Acceleration services have been a great success – with innovators benefitting from tailored technical and commercial support to help address systemic barriers, de-risk innovation, help their businesses scale and secure investment.

“However, we’re enhancing other offerings, in particular, to help innovators to collaborate and branch out. This includes developing better collaboration between SMEs and the supply chain. Encouraging active investment from a broad range of investors to support the growth of innovators. And helping SMEs better understand international energy markets, including market structures and key contacts, and provide more opportunities to export UK Innovation.”

Energy Innovation Support for SMEs

Many cutting-edge and high-growth potential SMEs have received support from Energy Systems Catapult, find out more about our current innovators here and some of our past alumni here.

The Energy Launchpad will continue to help innovators navigate the challenges of energy system transformation and capture the opportunities, by delivering support across three tiers:

Energy Launchpad Universal

Universal is the front door to Energy Systems Catapult for SMEs, helping newcomers gain insight about the UK energy system and the Catapult, find partners, access events and workshops, plus sign-posting to: funding calls, investors and international opportunities.

Energy Launchpad Incubator

Incubator is tailored support for selected SMEs utilising the Catapult assets and capabilities, and delivery partner offerings, such as business model development, energy system integration assessment, consumer insights guidance, digital fitness, market testing and validation, investor readiness, and specialist advice.

Energy Launchpad Accelerator

Accelerator provides scale-up support for selected high-impact potential SMEs. Support includes those areas outlined in incubation but in more depth, as well as help to access demonstration environments such as our Living Lab, engagement with potential corporate clients and investors, and links to international opportunities.