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What are Catapult centres?

Catapults are not-for-profit, independent physical centres which connect businesses with the UK’s research and academic communities.

Each Catapult centre specialises in a different area of technology, but all offer a space with the facilities and expertise to enable businesses and researchers to collaboratively solve key problems and develop new products and services on a commercial scale.

Catapults currently serve 10 sectors

There are now 10 Catapults up and running or being established:

Benefits to businesses

Hundreds of thousands of businesses in the UK are hungry for growth and capable of bringing brilliant new products and services to market. However only a few have all the resources, expertise, equipment or contacts they need to develop their ideas into new products and services.

The Catapults are there to bridge the gap between these ambitious businesses and the expertise of the UK’s world-class research communities. They do this by reducing the risk of innovation and accelerating the pace of business development.

There are some excellent examples featured on our website of how businesses are benefiting from working with the Catapult centres

Introduction to Catapult centres

Brian Holliday, HVM Catapult at Innovate 2015 - role of Catapults in UK

Digital Catapult: A year in the life

Success in Europe

Catapults are successfully gaining EU funding for their projects. The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult secured €2m as a partner in a project worth almost €8m. The Nanofacturing project is focused on scaling up manufacturing processes associated with producing nano medicine formulations at the required scale and according to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements.

Also the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult is drawing down €400k in a €7m project focused on 'Qualification of innovative floating substructures for 10MW wind turbines and water depths greater than 50m’.

How to engage with the Catapult

Each of the centres has a business development team who would be keen to speak with interested businesses. As a starting point, all the Catapults have an online presence at with full contact details for each centre.

Or you can contact Innovate UK’s Catapults team who can help and point businesses in the right direction – email

There are a number of ways to engage with each individual Catapult. As well as these standard routes in, each of the centres will run individual and specific events such as hackathons and networking sessions, as well as taking part in relevant major trade shows and SME focussed events around the country such as the Venturefests.

Follow Catapult Centres on Twitter: @Catapult_UK

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