Business & industry

Business & industry

The Catapult centres are a powerful initiative within the UK innovation landscape designed to help businesses develop exciting new ideas within receptive and invigorating environments.

These centres of excellence bridge the gap between business, academia, research and government; they promote collaboration and knowledge exchange allowing many progressive businesses and organisations to build new partnerships with reduced risks.

Catapults are an invaluable resource to companies in a wide range of markets and transform their innovative ideas into new products and services, generating economic growth.

Helping business

Catapults help businesses to adopt, develop and exploit innovative products and technologies. As the next stepping stone towards commercialisation, they offer concentrated expertise in areas vital for that journey.

The benefits of working with Catapults:

  • Access to facilities: Catapults have state-of-the-art facilities that the industry will want to use and engage with, that are too specialised or requiring capex beyond the means of many companies.
  • Skilled resource: Catapults will employ skilled people to work collaboratively on innovation projects.
  • Access to a dynamic network environment:  Catapults will provide a neutral environment for potential customers to come to understand business-focussed innovation. Like minded people can come together and transfer knowledge as well as create networks. Ideas and concepts can be scoped and prototyped in a faster and more engaging environment than is possible in stereotypical industry environment. Catapults can provide access to technical expertise usually not available to SMEs.
  • Trusted environment: Catapults will create an environment of trust, in which SMEs are happy to come and share thinking and ideas in the knowledge that intellectually property will be managed carefully.

Each centre adds an important new dimension to existing research and development programmes established by Innovate UK, they will help business.

Providing access to cutting-edge equipment, specialist facilities along with using the power of people and organisations working closely together, the Catapults unlock opportunity, reduce innovation risk and speed new products and services towards commercial reality.

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