Innovator Support


Innovation is crucial to transforming the UK energy system to meet carbon reduction targets and achieve our clean growth ambitions. Yet many UK innovators face systemic barriers preventing products, services and business models getting to market at scale.

Energy Systems Catapult has a new Innovator Support Platform (ISP) that draws on our capabilities and assets, along with those of our partners.  The ISP will provide innovators with tailored incubation and acceleration support to help address systemic barriers, de-risk innovation, help businesses scale and secure investment.

The Challenge and Opportunity

Transforming the UK energy system to be clean, secure and affordable, will require innovation across the whole energy system, from electricity to heating and transport, and from generation to supply and consumer services.

Energy Systems Catapult and the Energy Innovation Centre commissioned research (published in May 2017) that found start-ups and SMEs face a range of challenges to engage with and access the energy sector – which is historically conservative and risk-averse.

The research can be found here: #CollectiveFuture Insights: : Helping SMEs access the energy industry .

Yet there is also an opportunity for innovation, as the energy system transforms from a centralised, highly regulated and siloed system to a future low carbon, distributed, consumer-centric system.

Our Approach

The Innovation Support Platform (ISP) will help innovators navigate the challenges of energy system transformation and capture the opportunities, by delivering support across three tiers:

ISP will be supported by a network of delivery partners, such as pre-existing incubators, to help innovators to establish, develop and grow their businesses.

Contact us

Please get in touch if you wish to discuss any of these opportunities with us.

"We can’t praise the team highly enough at Energy Systems Catapult in how they have helped us to really look at our energy innovation business in a completely different light."

Jim Allen, Managing Director of Green Energy Networks

Universal Support 
Standardised support available to all SMEs including access to Catapult partner relationships, insight reports, newsletters, the Energy Knowledge Exchange (EKX), plus sign-posting to: funding calls, investors, test facilities, international stakeholders, and events.
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Incubation Support
Tailored support for selected SMEs utilising Catapult assets and capabilities, and delivery partner offerings, such as Business Sprint’ workshops, Business Model Development, Energy System Integration assessment, Consumer Insights, Concept testing and validation, Identification of candidates for Acceleration support.
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Acceleration Support
Acceleration Support provides scale-up support for selected high-impact potential SMEs and links to investors. Support may also include Business Model Development and validation, access to Demonstration Environments such as ‘Living Labs’ and ‘Energy Town’, Engagement with potential Corporate Customers, Investment Readiness and Partnership, and access to International opportunities.
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Bid Opportunities
Energy Systems Catapult works with government departments, local authorities and European funding bodies to help overcome one of the biggest hurdles facing innovators - raising funding. Our Account & Bid Management Team can guide you through the various funding options to help you decide the best way to raise finance and fund your business to bring your innovation to market.
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