Energy Launchpad: Innovation Support for SMEs

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 Systems Catapult created the Energy Launchpad to draw on our capabilities (and those of our partners) to provide innovators with both universal and tailored support to help address systemic barriers, de-risk innovation, help businesses scale and secure investment.

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A digital gateway for innovators and SMEs to access Energy Systems Catapult’s unique combination of whole energy systems expertise and specialist business support.

The Energy Innovation Challenge

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 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 .

In 2018, the Innovator Support Platform was launched and helped 44 SME Innovators with tailored Incubation and Acceleration support to springboard their products, services and business models towards commercialisation and scale up. A further 182 SMEs have accessed our Universal offering.

In October 2020, the Innovator Support Platform became Energy Launchpad, building on the success of the ISP to continue providing these three main levels of support – Universal, Incubator and Accelerator – while boosting those offerings with new opportunities across: Supply Chain, International, Networking and Collaboration and Investors.

Three Levels of Energy Innovation Support

Energy Launchpad will help innovators navigate the challenges of energy system transformation and capture the opportunities, by delivering support across three tiers:

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

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Tailored support for selected SMEs utilising the Catapult assets and capabilities, and delivery partner offerings, such as business model development, energy system integration assessment, consumer insights guidance, digital fitness, market testing and validation, investor readiness, specialist advice, as well as identification for Acceleration support.

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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.

From energy storage to zero carbon building projects – find tailored business and technical support for business growth that helps unlock the clean growth opportunity.

Discover more funding for energy projects HERE.