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The Catapult Network helps businesses realise their potential, seize the right opportunities and grow their innovative capability. Working with national and international partners, Catapults de-risk the commercialisation of new products and services, getting them to market faster.

Whether a business wants to explore and test new product ideas, accelerate their adoption, improve efficiency, make their business operations more sustainable, or investigate market gaps, Catapults have dedicated teams to explore specific needs in detail. 

Work with Catapults can be catalysed by a commercial contract, a collaboration on a grant, a partnership, accelerator programmes, among other approaches.  Catapults provide:

  • Access to world-class unique R&D infrastructure, expertise and capabilities, through service provision tailored to your needs
  • Test and demonstration environments in real-world conditions and deployment of innovative solutions to accelerate commercialisation and value chains
  • SMEs tailored support to help address systemic barriers, de-risk innovation, access finance and scale-up
  • Collaboration and partnership building on R&D funding programmes, bringing businesses, academia, service providers, regulators, end-users and others key players together to address common challenges in innovation.

Catapults cover a range of different sectors and themes, from health to net zero, connectivity, productivity, sustainability, and much more. 

Tailored Support

Catapults create tailored offerings to best suit the SME and start‐up communities they serve through a variety of approaches. For example, Catapults can provide technical expertise and sector knowledge to navigate regulatory and government processes along with access to networks of customers, services and funders. Catapults also offer support with market analysis, bringing valuable insight to market trends and growth opportunities to support business strategy.

Catapults develop toolkits and transferable methodologies to investigate evaluate and improve products, processes and technologies. They provide advice on business and workforce development, commercialisation and becoming investment ready. Many Catapults run Growth Accelerator and Incubator Programmes, to scale up and help identify routes to finance as well as identify paths to international export of professional and technical services.

Whilst the Catapults are not typically grant funding bodies, they will work with your organisation to identify and assist with securing appropriate funding, and also partner with key organisations to manage the delivery of such grant-funded projects.

A Trusted Partner

Catapults are uniquely placed to explore the opportunities that exist in their technology areas, acting as neutral, technology-agnostic, trusted partners. They are strong conveners in their respective communities, and work with policy makers, industry and regulators to reduce and overcome systemic barriers, drawing on the UK research base to create attractive R&D environments that anchor inward investment.