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 an 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 ISP has launched a digital Innovator Support Portal to provide SMEs with an online gateway to investors and international opportunities, including:
- Introduction to Energy Sector – guides to the GB energy sector
- Insights – market intelligence, horizon scanning, research
- Partnering – connect with a network of innovators and experts
- Funding – funding finder tool, innovation calls and investor links
- Catapult Network – learn about all 8 Catapults
- International – discover global opportunities.
The Energy Innovation 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.
Research available 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 to Innovation Support
The Innovator Support Platform (ISP) will help innovators navigate the challenges of energy system transformation and capture the opportunities, by delivering support across three tiers:
Standard support for all SMEs including access to Catapult partner relationships, guides, insight reports, newsletters, the Energy Knowledge Exchange (EKX), plus sign-posting to: funding calls, investors, test facilities, international stakeholders, and events.
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.
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 our ‘Living Lab’, Engagement with potential Corporate Customers, Investment Readiness and Partnership, and access to International opportunities.
Find tailored business and technical support for business growth that helps unlock the clean growth opportunity.
Discover more funding for energy projects here.