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.

Accelerating innovative technology development by removing barriers to commercialisation

Launch Academy provides targeted technology development, business growth and professional services support and expertise to ten SMEs developing innovations for the Offshore Wind industry over a period of nine months.

This support is delivered via a variety of modules and includes:

  • Technology Development Support
  • Business Case, Market and Use-Case Analysis
  • Offshore Wind Sector Knowledge & Education
  • Intellectual Property (IP) Strategy Support
  • Legal Advice & Expertise
  • Strategic Accounting Support & Knowledge
  • Value Proposition Development
  • Marketing Expertise
  • Investment Readiness
  • Innovation Funding Signposting and Support
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy Development



To apply to Launch Academy 2024, follow the link to submit your business details to the application portal.

The deadline for applications is Friday 8th December, 2023.



In 2024, Launch Academy is delighted to be supported and sponsored by three leading Offshore Wind developers: BP, RWE & ScottishPower Renewables

Launch Academy is a technology accelerator programme, delivered by ORE Catapult, with direct support and engagement with the offshore wind industry. Through participating and partnering with ORE Catapult, industry sponsors provide a direct industry pull through Launch Academy’s Technology Themes and are able to engage with cutting-edge innovation developed throughout the entire UK supply chain.

Launch Academy is also supported by an incredible host of industry partners and organisations who provide a plethora of support throughout the nine-month duration of the programme, alongside ORE Catapult’s very own experts in technology development, market analysis, business case development and commercialisation of innovative technologies.


Launch Academy 2024: Technology Themes

Smart Operations & Maintenance (O&M) > Download the challenge here

Project Pipeline > Download the challenge here

Future Energy Systems > Download the challenge here


  • Are you an SME or start-up, developing an innovative technology, product, or service relevant to the offshore wind industry?
  • Is your company UK-based, or do you intend to set up a UK base?
  • Does your company’s innovative technology, product or service fall within TRLs 3 – 8?

Key Dates:

Application Window Opens: 6th November

Application Window Closes: 8th December

Applications Assessed: 8th December – 5th January

Shortlisted Applicants Invited to Pitch: 8th January

Pitch Stage: 29th January – 9th February

Successful Applicants Chosen & Notified: 14th February

Programme Begins: 6th & 7th March

Programme End: November 2024



Would you like to learn more about the Launch Academy 2024?

We held a webinar briefing on November 10th. You can hear all about the fantastic opportunities available for our latest cohort of innovative companies here:WEBINAR RECORDING HERE

Contact Our Team

Chris Del Valle

Innovation Manager - Accelerators

Email Chris Del Valle

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