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A digital gateway for SME innovators to tap in to our Universal assistance as well as the latest innovator challenge calls to access Energy Systems Catapult’s unique combination of whole energy systems expertise and specialist business support.

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Turning clean energy innovators into successful entrepreneurs

Our Energy Launchpad works with high-growth potential start-ups, propelling them step-by-step from innovation assessment to commercial validation.

Innovation is crucial to transforming the energy system to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions and to help the UK capitalise on clean growth. Yet many UK innovators face systemic barriers preventing products, services and business models getting to market at scale.

Energy Launchpad draws on a range of capabilities, tools and testing labs to accelerate deployment and turn innovators into entrepreneurs.

 

Universal

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

Incubator

Tailored support for selected SMEs utilising the Catapults capabilities and tools, and those of our delivery partners. This includes business model development, energy system integration assessments, consumer insights guidance, digital fitness, market testing and validation, investor readiness, specialist advice, as well as identification for Acceleration support.

Accelerator

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.

What we offer

Energy Systems Catapult supports innovators to commercialise energy products and services, with performance validation, real-world consumer insights, business model analysis and system integration.

Case Studies

Business Model Innovation

Ventive started out as a designer and manufacturer of innovative passive ventilation systems, before expanding into developing a smart, zero carbon home solution, that includes: low carbon heating and cooling, electrical and thermal energy storage, hot and cold water and ventilation all in one box – Ventive Home.

Following a rigorous Innovator Challenge application process of SMEs developing innovative smart heating and cooling solutions, Energy Launchpad selected Ventive to receive support for commercial development.

With different market segments at varying stages of readiness for complex retrofit solutions, innovative business models are required to finance and deliver improved consumer services.

So the key challenge for Energy Launchpad was to quantify the market opportunity, prioritise the sectors based the value being created and then develop the commercial model and route to market.

  • Ventive secured a pilot project with Nottingham City Council to demonstrate the feasibility of Net Zero retrofitting of social housing at a reasonable cost.
  • The tenant gets great indoor air quality, excellent levels of comfort and dramatically lower energy bills.
  • The local authority or housing association get a simple to install and cost-effective whole house retrofit solution, with all technologies accessible in the one box plugged into the outside of the home.
  • Ventive now has a viable “Comfort-as-a-Service” commercial model that makes Ventive Home more affordable for both tenant and landlord.
  • Ultimately Nottingham City Council plan to retrofit around 20,000 homes in response to the climate emergency and Ventive are in a prime position to help them execute that ambition.
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Energy Launchpad case study: Ventive Home retrofit-in-a-box

Energy Launchpad - our impact

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Insights and Impact from the first 3 years of the Energy Launchpad

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Energy Launchpad International Impact Report: India and Thailand

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Energy Launchpad works with innovators, propelling them step-by-step through technical validation towards commercial vindication.

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