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.
Through our industry partners Siemens Gamesa and Red Rock Power Ltd, 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.
Our offshore wind industry experts discussed the opportunities and growth support available for UK SMEs with ambitions to enter the sector. If you missed the webinar live, access a recording of the discussion.
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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.