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 is developing a new Innovator Support Platform (ISP) that will draw on our assets and capabilities, along with those of our partners. The ISP will provide all innovators with Universal Support to help them navigate the transformation of the UK energy system.
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.
Universal Support provides standardised support available to all SMEs including access to Catapult partner relationships:
- Insight Reports, Publications and Newsletters,
- Energy Knowledge Exchange (EKX) intelligent search here,
- Sign-posting to: funding calls, investors, test facilities, international stakeholders & Ofgem Innovation Link,
- Events and showcases,
- Digital and investor platform.
A key partner under Universal Support is the Energy Innovation Centre, who the Catapult has been working with for almost 3 years helping a wide range of SMEs focused on innovations for the electricity distribution networks, for example, accessing Network Innovation Competitions. The range of EIC services can be found here and EIC success to date here.
Over the next 12 months, EIC and the Catapult will be working together to build further Universal Support offerings, such as building on the successful EIC Hub digital platform and help link SMEs to the investor community and international opportunities.