Acceleration Support for Innovators

Introduction

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 created a new Innovator Support Platform (ISP) that will draw on our assets and capabilities, along with those of our partners.  The ISP will provide selected innovators with tailored Acceleration Support to help them establish, develop and grow their businesses.

Our Approach

The Innovation Support Platform (ISP) will be delivered across three tiers: Universal, Incubation and Acceleration. 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.

Acceleration Support provides scale-up support for selected high-impact potential SMEs and links to investors:

  • Further 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,
  • Access to International opportunities.

Acceleration Support will focus on four key themes: Heating and Cooling, Digital Platforms and Services, Network Integration of Future Transport Demands and Smart Buildings.