Andrew Tipping joined the Catapult (formerly Narec) in May 2012. Within the Research and Innovation team Andrew’s role is focussed on developing the strategy and managing the delivery of the Catapult’s Technology Commercialisation programme. With a background in Market Research and Business Development Andrew works as an advisor to the Catapult’s network of innovators – helping them to identify routes to market, assess business cases and find funding avenues and investment opportunities. Andrew has six years’ experience in offshore renewables, spending three years in international Business Development working with leading renewable technology developers seeking to prove their new innovations through testing and demonstration.
Part of his role includes the management of ORE Catapult’s Innovation Challenges, which aims to stimulate needs driven innovation in the UK supply chain. By working with wind farm Owner/Operators to identify industry challenges and engaging private investors to fund new solutions, Andrew is working to create the commercialisation pathway for new innovations entering into the sector. Andrew recently led the commercialisation risk assessment of four floating wind concepts as part of LIFES50+, a multi-partner European project. Andrew developed the methodology for assessing the commercial readiness of the technologies, and interviewed key stakeholders across the floating wind industry in Japan, France, the UK and the US.
Prior to joining the Catapult, Andrew spent two years working in market research specialising in technology commercialisation, helping companies to raise investment and develop new business propositions.