Innovate UK Launchpads

Innovate UK Launchpads is a programme aimed at supporting emerging clusters of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK.

Innovate UK Launchpads

A pioneering initiative that builds on local innovation strengths, supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to deliver jobs, growth and higher productivity. Launchpads are tailored to cater to a specific innovation cluster, addressing some of the key challenges facing SMEs in the cluster.

Within a Launchpad, we will support the cluster of businesses, adapting standard Innovate UK products and services to meet the unique demands of the cluster.

Launchpads align with the Government’s goals in the Levelling Up White Paper.

Launchpads currently funded by Innovate UK are:

Liverpool City Region Launchpad: Targeting the Liverpool city region, this Launchpad focuses on the Advanced Manufacturing Sector with Digital Technologies and Net Zero outcomes.

Tees Valley: Tees Valley Net Zero Launchpad – The Launchpad will support outstanding innovation projects by businesses active, or growing their work activities, in the net zero innovation cluster centred on Tees Valley.

South West Wales: Net Zero Industry Launchpad – Located in this region of Wales, Launchpad is dedicated to the pursuit of sustainable solutions in the realm of net-zero industrial emissions.

North East England: Digital Technologies Launchpad – Positioned in North East England, this Launchpad will be at the forefront of digital technologies applied into fast growth and emerging markets.

West Yorkshire: Health Technologies Launchpad – Based in West Yorkshire, this Launchpad is dedicated to pioneering breakthroughs in health technologies, improving healthcare outcomes.

Scotland: Bio-based Manufacturing Launchpad – This Launchpad will drive innovations in bio-based manufacturing, promoting sustainable production methods.

Northern Ireland: Life and Health Sciences Launchpad – Situated in Northern Ireland, this Launchpad is dedicated to the advancement of healthcare solutions and medical breakthroughs.

Coventry and Warwickshire: Immersive & Creative Technologies Future Launchpad – building on the region’s existing strengths in video game development, this Launchpad will support innovative programmes that focus on developing and adapting new technologies across various industries.

Eastern England: Agri Tech and Food Launchpad – this launchpad centres on supporting business-led projects that grow activities in the agri-tech and food technology cluster in Eastern England – encompassing Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Great South West: Marine and Maritime Launchpad – focusing on innovation projects by businesses active, or growing activities, in the marine and maritime innovation cluster in the Great South West. This is defined as Cornwall & Isles of Scilly, Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

A co-developed programme

Each unique Launchpad has been co-developed with the local leadership in the area. By working closely together we are developing a support offer that addresses the cluster’s specific needs and is embedded in the local innovation ecosystem.

How they work

Each Launchpad supports businesses on their innovation projects and to collaborate and contribute to a supportive ecosystem. Several different types of support will be offered, including funding for research and development, access to innovation specialist support, and opportunities to network and collaborate. The support will enable the development of new products or services and the testing and validation of innovations by Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs).

In addition to providing direct support to innovative organisations, each Launchpad will stimulate innovation and growth within the local economy. By supporting emerging clusters of innovate businesses, and working in co-creation with the location’s local leadership, Innovate UK aims for more places in the UK to host world-leading and globally connected innovation clusters.

There are no current Launchpad calls, but please visit our funding pages to find open opportunities.

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