Removing barriers to commercialisation for SMEs

Launch Academy is ORE Catapult’s flagship technology accelerator programme, designed to enhance the UK’s offshore wind supply chain, enable greater UK content and support cost reduction by identifying innovative solutions to real industry problems.


Launch Academy 2024

Launch Academy 2024 will provide a group of up to ten companies the opportunity to participate in a structured and comprehensive programme, delivered by ORE Catapult with input from key industry players and external delivery partners over 7-9 months.

The programme is driven by challenges provided by industry sponsors and delivers a diverse variety of modules to support the cohort companies on their journey to commercialisation.


About Launch Academy

Learn more about the programme and how Launch Academy supports the commercialisation of UK-based SMEs as they seek to introduce innovative new products and services into the offshore wind industry.


Launch Academy East of England

Nine companies across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex are now embarking on their journey to pioneer new products and services for the UK’s offshore renewable energy sector as part of Launch Academy East of England. This is the first time ORE Catapult has run its flagship Launch Academy programme in the East of England – a region that is one of the UK’s largest offshore renewable energy hubs.


Launch Academy 2023

Launch Academy 2023 was the latest national cohort that started in March and completed in December 2023. Find out more about the sponsors, challenges and news around the latest here:

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Sponsors & Partners 2023

Find out more about the latest National Launch Academy partners that provide technology development and business support across all areas of business.

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Technology Challenges

Our industrial partners have developed a series of technology challenges to be tackled by our cohort of successful SMEs.

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Launch Academy 2020

Meet the companies who successfully completed Cohort 1 of Launch Academy in December 2020.

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Launch Academy: Video

This video introduces Launch Academy and demonstrates how it provides a complete ecosystem to support the commercialisation of ambitious companies launching new products and services in the offshore renewables sector.



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Chris Del Valle

Innovation Manager - Accelerators

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Chris currently works as an Innovation Manager at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, with a particular focus on technology accelerators.

Passionate about supporting the development of technologies enabling the clean energy transition, Chris is driven by a desire to support SMEs and innovators to flourish in the dynamic, fast-evolving renewable energy industry. Chris leads in the delivery of Launch Academy, ORE Catapult’s flagship technology accelerator programme, which is designed to support SMEs developing innovative technology solutions relevant to the offshore renewable energy sector by accelerating technology development and removing barriers to commercialisation.

Prior to joining ORE Catapult, Chris previously held a number of roles accruing experience managing a number of SMEs in the entertainment and retail trade sectors. In particular, he gained targeted experience in supporting companies to rapidly scale up and become established both in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

Chris obtained an MSc in Renewable Energy Systems and the Environment from the University of Strathclyde in 2022, which coupled with a background in Mechanical Engineering provided a grounded understanding of the renewable energy landscape and the challenges linked to the wider energy transition. Chris is currently working towards Chartered Engineer status with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and is a committed STEM ambassador with a passion for sharing knowledge and experience with future generations.

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