The Launch Academy is a national technology accelerator programme for the offshore wind industry, focusing on near to market solutions. It is designed to enhance the UK’s offshore wind supply chain, enable greater UK content and support cost reduction through innovation.
The programme provides the complete ecosystem to support the commercialisation of ambitious companies launching new products and services in the sector. ORE Catapult has brought technology development and business support under one roof, allowing companies to access its own in-house technical capability alongside a range of business growth expertise from our partners.
The programme will take one cohort per year of nine companies, offering legal, marketing, accountancy, IP, HR and investor readiness support as well as modules delivered by ORE Catapult such as technology assessment, export market introductions, supply chain readiness and business case review.
Successful companies will receive support services worth approximately £25,000 per company, assisting them to grow and develop their technology and business, and commercialise their solutions:
Through our industry partners , we provide applicants with unique access to market leading end users. At the end of each cohort, the innovators will pitch to the industry partners and ORE Catapult’s network of investors.
Success of the programme will be measured by the number of innovative solutions securing contracts, demonstrators or R&D partnerships with end users as well as the number and scale of investments.
You can apply for Cohort 2 of the National Launch Academy by responding to one of our Technology Innovation Challenges. More information on the modules that make up the programme can be downloaded here. Deadline for applying to the Cohort 2 is 15th December 2021.
Join us as our offshore wind industry and business support experts discuss the opportunities and growth support available for UK SMEs with ambitions to enter the sector, and how they can apply to join the Launch Academy.
Alex Louden joined ORE Catapult in September 2017 having completed his MSc in Renewable Energy and Environmental Modelling. This built upon Alex’s background in Environmental Science giving him a holistic understanding of renewable energy technologies and the wider energy transition.
Alex’s role as Innovation manager sees him building relationships with a number of stakeholder types such as SMEs and academic partners. Through attending events, conferences, and developing strategies for engaging with stakeholders he is involved in building collaborative projects to contribute to de-risking technology and reducing costs in the offshore renewable energy industry.