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 and their adoption, improve efficiency, make their business operations more sustainable, or investigate market gaps, Catapults have dedicated teams to explore specific needs in detail.
Business scale-up is enriched by the development of mutually beneficial partnerships in order to compete globally, and this can be catalysed by a commercial contract with a Catapult or collaborating on a grant. Catapults work with businesses to identify opportunities for R&D, collaboration and partnership building, bringing together businesses, supply chains, academia, charities, service providers, end-users and others. Catapults also offer support with market analysis, bringing valuable insight to market trends and growth opportunities to support business strategy.
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 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 grant funding bodies, they will work with your organisation to identify and assist with securing appropriate funding, and also to collaborate or manage the delivery of such grant-funded projects. Read more about our SME support.
Catapults are uniquely placed to explore the opportunities that exist in their technology areas, acting as neutral, technology-agnostic, trusted partners. They work with policy makers, industry and regulators to reduce and overcome barriers, drawing on the UK research base to create attractive R&D environments that anchor inward investment.