We open doors at home and abroad to create start-up success stories – propelling your business step-by-step from innovation assessment to commercial scale-up

Are you an

Innovator ?

Is your energy innovation company ready to

Scale  up ?

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Accelerating Net Zero innovators to success

If you are a high-growth potential start-up, our Energy Launchpad & International platform draws on technical, commercial and policy experts to help your business thrive and make connections with domestic and international partners.

We offer your business three levels of support:

  1. Universal

  2. Incubation & Acceleration

  3. International

We offer a broad range of capabilities, tools, and test & demonstration environments from Energy Systems Catapult and partners to help you secure customers, attract investment, and grow your business.


IMAGE: Founder and chief executive of climate-tech business Equiwatt, Johnson Fernandes, at Energy Systems Catapult’s Innovating to Net Zero event.

Universal Innovation Hub

Open to all, our Universal Innovation Hub offers free support to help you better understand the challenges and capitalise on opportunities within the energy innovation landscape, including: guides, insights & data; access to events & workshops; and sign-posting to funding calls, investors & international opportunities.

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Incubation & Acceleration

Our Incubation & Acceleration service propels start-ups step-by-step from innovation assessment to commercial scale-up.

Drawing on a range of capabilities, tools, and test & demonstration environments from Energy Systems Catapult and partners to help you understand your route to market and agency in the value chain, securing customers, attracting investment, and growing your business.

We offer bespoke innovation needs assessments, technical & commercial expertise, mentoring and coaching, and facilitating partnerships and networking with potential corporate customers and investors.

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Energy Launchpad International makes connections between UK innovators, experts from Energy Systems Catapult and international partners to accelerate Net Zero.

For UK innovators, we open export routes to international markets and facilitate international partnerships and investment opportunities.

For international partners, we provide strategic advice on Net Zero pathways, offer expertise on decarbonising your energy system and help develop innovation-ready conditions for Net Zero innovation.

For international investors, we facilitate partnerships and easy access to UK investment opportunities.

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Opportunities: Innovator Challenges, Funding Calls & Events

Energy Launchpad Live: Net Zero Logistics & Transport Infrastructure – November 2023

Get ready for our third Energy Launchpad Live networking event. The focus will be on how we decarbonise logistics and freight transport infrastructure including distribution/warehouse/depot sites, and the exciting innovations that already exist to tackle these challenges.

This event will provide another exciting opportunity for you to connect with like-minded individuals and establish new relationships with potential future partners, while also giving you food for thought about future opportunities and challenges in the logistics market.

More details to be confirmed soon. To be the first to receive information for this event, please register your interest here.

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Case Studies

Smart whole-house Net Zero retrofit

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.

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.

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

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Ventive needed to better understand which market segments were ready for complex retrofit solutions, what business models could finance their product and how to deliver improved consumer services.

Energy Launchpad delivered for Ventive:

  • Segmented the market, quantified the opportunities and prioritised sectors based the value Ventive created.
  • A viable “Comfort-as-a-Service” commercial model that makes Ventive Home more affordable for both tenant and landlord.
  • Evidence for Nottingham City Council (and other housing housing providers) how Ventive could support their plans to retrofit around 20,000 homes in response to the climate emergency.

Where are Ventive now?

  • Ventive begin manufacturing their Ventive Home innovation from May, 2022 with 7,500 systems set for UK homes within 18 months.
  • New and bespoke manufacturing facility at Hartlebury, Worcestershire, creating 40 new jobs.
  • Production set to rise to 100,000 by 2025, to accelerate the UK’s drive towards Net Zero.

Energy Launchpad - Impact & Reach

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