Welcome to the Catapult Programme

A Catapult is a technology and innovation centre where the very best of the UK's businesses, scientists and engineers can work side by side on research and development, transforming ideas into new products and services to generate economic growth.
Catapults add an important new dimension to complement existing research and development programmes established by the Technology Strategy Board.

All Catapults use the power of people and organisations working closely together to unlock opportunity, reduce innovating risk and speed new products and services towards commercial reality.
Catapult centres will help businesses to adopt, develop and exploit innovative products and technologies. They offer concentrated expertise, access to cutting edge equipment and specialist facilities to develop and test ideas in reality.

Cell Therapy Catapult to work with Athersys on projects to advance European development of MultiStem® therapy

Cell Therapy

Cell Therapy Catapult to work with Athersys on...

The Cell Therapy Catapult is working with Athersys, Inc on multiple projects to progress the development of Athersys'...

The Cell Therapy Catapult, which is focused on the development of the UK cell therapy industry to increase the nation's health and wealth, is pleased to announce that it is working with Athersys, Inc (Nasdaq:ATHX) on multiple projects to progress the development of Athersys' MultiStem® cell therapy product in Europe. Among the projects, Cell Therapy Catapult will undertake a European market access assessment for the MultiStem product which considers factors such as data requirements for evidence-based decision making, payers' value perceptions and pricing benchmarks.

The Cell Therapy Catapult, which was established by the UK Government in 2012, is a centre of excellence for the translation of cell therapies into commercially viable propositions. With £70m of funding over five years, it has almost 100 staff with expertise across clinical development, regulatory affairs, manufacturing scale-up, supply chain and business issues such as reimbursement and market access.

Athersys' proprietary MultiStem cell therapy is an ‘off the shelf' stem cell product in development for the treatment of multiple distinct diseases and conditions in the cardiovascular, neurological, inflammatory and immune disease areas. The product, which consists of multipotent adult progenitor cells obtained from healthy, consenting donors, is produced from human stem cells obtained from adult bone marrow or other tissue sources. Unlike traditional bone marrow transplants, the resulting product may be manufactured on a large scale, ensuring product consistency, and exhibits a 'drug -like' profile. Currently, MultiStem is the subject of five clinical programmes, and is also being assessed in preclinical studies in a range of indications.

Keith Thompson, CEO of the Cell Therapy Catapult, said, 'Understanding market dynamics and reimbursement issues is a crucial part of the development of cell therapies such as MultiStem. We are pleased to be using our expertise in this analysis for Athersys, and look forward to helping other UK and international cell therapy organisations move their products towards the market.'

'We are happy to be working with the Cell Therapy Catapult, which is widely recognised as a leading European centre for the development of cell therapies, on this and other important projects', commented Gil Van Bokkelen, Chairman and CEO of Athersys. 'The market access assessment will provide information that is important to our further development of MultiStem in Europe and beyond.'

High Value Manufacturing

UK inventors fight to turn brilliant ideas into reality

A small firm in north-east England is on the cusp of transforming the treatment of eye...


Call to Tender - Electronic Project Portfolio Management Tool

Transport Systems

Invitation to Tender - Electronic Project...

We have issued an Invitation To Tender for the provision of an electronic project portfolio management tool.

Transport Systems Catapult has issued an Invitation to Tender for the provision of an electronic project portfolio management tool to support the delivery of a portfolio of technology and innovation projects and programmes. Interested parties should download the tender documentation - Letter of Invitation, Acknowledgement Form, ITT, and Confidentiality Form. The deadline for questions is Thursday 13th March 2014 and the deadline for submissions is Tuesday 18th March 2014


Connected Digital Economy

Catapult appoints new non-executive directors

Five new non-executive directors have been appointed to the Connected Digital Economy Catapult board...

Andy Green

Five new non-executive directors have been appointed to the Connected Digital Economy Catapult board, with wide-ranging experience in big data, academia, telecoms and games.

The five new board members are:

  • Laura Shesgreen, a former CFO of Skype who has worked in a series of successful start-ups 

  • Chris van der Kuyl, the founder of brightsolid, the owners of Friends Reunited. He is one of Scotland's leading entrepreneurs and is Professor of Digital Entertainment at the University of Abertay Dundee

  • David Docherty, who has worked for the BBC and Telewest, and is a successful author. He is CEO of the National Centre for Universities and Business

  • Professor Dame Wendy Hall from Southampton University, a world-renowned expert in areas such as advanced web technologies, digital libraries and human computer interaction. She has published over 400 papers and was the first non-American to be elected President of the Association of Computing Machinery

  • Ian Baverstock – an angel investor, founder of Tenshi ventures and a successful entrepreneur. As well as being a past president of TIGA he has valuable experience from the Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network. 

Our first task is to advise and support Neil and his executive team in the strategic development of our business plan and the critical resource choices to support our vision of igniting digital innovation to power sustained economic growth in the UK.

They will join existing non-executive board members Warren East and Nick Appleyard, Chief Executive Neil Crockett and Chairman Andy Green.

Commenting on the appointments Andy Green said: "I couldn't be more excited at the prospect of working with this diverse and talented group of people. We have worked hard to bring together a team with a wide variety of backgrounds, and we are all united by the desire to help UK based entrepreneurs grow successfully and help ignite the UK economy.


For more information please see Andy Green's blog.



ORE Catapult CEO meets Narec’s newest apprentices following merger of the organisations

Offshore Renewable Energy

ORE Catapult CEO meets Narec's newest...

The CEO of the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, Andrew Jamieson, was in Blyth today visiting the National...

The CEO of the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, Andrew Jamieson, was in Blyth today visiting the National Renewable Energy Centre's (Narec) world-leading testing facilitates and meeting some of its newest recruits.

The visit follows the announcement that the two organisations are merging with immediate effect creating a national champion for the development and cost reduction of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy across the UK.

He toured the facility with outgoing Narec CEO Andrew Mill and Ronnie Campbell, MP for Blyth Valley. He also met three of Narec's newest apprentices; Vinny Haliburton (19) and Matthew Eltringham (19) from Blyth, and George Hedley (18) from Whitley Bay.  They began apprenticeship with Narec this week.  


Picture caption: L-R Tony Quinn, Operations Director, Ronnie Campbell MP, ORE Catapult CEO Andrew Jamieson, Vinny Haliburton, Matthew Eltringham, George Hedley and outgoing Narec CEO Andrew Mill. 


Independent expert to push forward Catapult network to new heights


Independent expert to push forward Catapult...

Leading technology entrepreneur Hermann Hauser will outline how the Government's network of elite technology and...

Leading technology entrepreneur Hermann Hauser will outline how the Government's network of elite technology and innovation centres can be fully exploited to benefit the economy in the long-term. See the Medium term strategy for Catapult centres: Hauser review - call for feedback.

Commissioned by Business Secretary Vince Cable, and Science and Universities Minister David Willetts, Hermann Hauser will look at how to build on the progress already made and maximise the benefits from any possible expansion of the Catapult network.
The Business Secretary made the announcement during the official opening of the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult's offices in Glasgow. This brings the number of Catapult centres to seven.
By combining the existing knowledge in the offshore renewable sector with new resources, the ORE Catapult aims to drive innovation and ensure maximum UK benefit from offshore renewable energy resources. A report commissioned by the ORE Catapult estimates this could be worth up to £6.7bn per year to the UK economy by 2020.
I am pleased Herman Hauser has agreed to undertake this review because he has already proven he has the vision to set Government bold but achievable goals - Vince Cable
Business Secretary Vince Cable said:
"Britain has an enviable track record in innovation but in the past we have sometimes failed to commercialise new technology. That is why the Catapult centres are so important for securing future economic growth, and ensuring that not only can we seize new global opportunities, but more importantly that we can leave the competition trailing in our wake.
"I am pleased Herman Hauser has agreed to undertake this review because he has already proven he has the vision to set Government bold but achievable goals."
Hermann Hauser who will deliver his recommendations to ministers this summer said:
"Following on from my 2010 report on technology and innovation centres, I am delighted to have been asked by Vince Cable and David Willetts to oversee the review of the future shape, scope and ambition of the Catapult centres in the medium to long term. I look forward to engaging with all interested parties on this important policy area."
This is the right time to take stock of the significant progress already made by the Catapults as we think about the future scope and scale of the network in the future - Iain Gray
Technology Strategy Board Chief Executive Iain Gray said:
"This is the right time to take stock of the significant progress already made by the Catapults as we think about the future scope and scale of the network in the future. There is no one better than Hermann Hauser to do this review and we are absolutely committed to working with him to ensure a productive consultation period."
There are currently seven Catapults covering a range of sectors, with public and private sector investment of over £1.4bn over their first 5 years of operation. Two additional Catapults – Energy Systems and Precision Medicine – are scheduled to open next year. They focus on complementing existing research and innovation efforts by providing a business led, capital intensive infrastructure.

Future Cities

Future Cities Fellowships

Future Cities Catapult invites applications for Knowledge Exchange Fellowships


Europe’s Biggest Space Business Competition Enters Its 10th Year

Satellite Applications

Europe's Biggest Space Business...

The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is looking for individuals, teams or companies with ground-breaking...

Do you have a brilliant idea that uses satellite navigation technology?  The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is looking for individuals, teams or companies with ground-breaking ideas in applying positioning, navigation or timing technology, to rapidly accelerate their ideas into successful businesses.

Whether it's an app, software platform or new piece of technology, the ESNC can connect you with a world-class network and provide expert business mentoring with guidance in protecting Intellectual Property (IP), refining your business model and maximising investor appeal. 

The UK leg of the Europe-wide competition is now open for submissions; home grown innovators have achieved outstanding success in the competition, winning the overall European prize twice in the past 10 years, and placing in the top 5 every year we've entered.

"Winning the UK leg of the European Satellite Navigation Competition transformed our business", says iGeolise Co-Founder and Director, Peter Lilley.  His company helps customers search for services and places using time rather than distance, and works with major organisations including the UK's largest estate agency group, Countrywide, Zoopla and Visit Britain.  "On the strength of winning in 2012, we achieved national publicity which brought in our very first client.  The competition acted as a springboard to attract further clients and by the end of 2014, we expect to turn over in the region of £1m."

Stuart Martin, CEO, Satellite Applications Catapult and sponsors of the UK ESNC competition explains:  "The UK's thriving technology sector is ideally placed to benefit from the boom in space-based information that characterises ‘the new space age'.  By 2030, the UK is expected to have a £40bn space based industry - £37bn of that market value will be driven by new products and services built on space imagery, data and technology.  The ESNC offers a fantastic opportunity to bring space and business together; it enables visionary people to harness the power of the vast amounts of satellite data coming online to create new products, and who knows, it might even create an entire new industry."

The competition is designed to help identify and promote new ideas so your product or service does not have to be on-sale to be eligible, nor do you need a detailed business plan to enter.  Simply go to www.galileo-masters.eu and submit your entry on line by 30 June 2014.

To find out more about the UK leg of the competition, please visit www.ukesnc.com or contact Doug Watson at doug.watson@sa.catapult.org.uk.



For further information please contact:

Kirsten Robinson on 07539 660790 or Jules Tipler on 07811 166796


Notes to Editors

The UK leg of the ESNC is run jointly by the Satellite Applications Catapult and the University of Nottingham and supported by the UK Space Agency, Technology Strategy Board, CGI, Airbus Defence and Space, Marks & Clerk Intellectual Property Services and the European Space Agency, Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC).

The UK winner will be announced in September and the overall European grand prize winner in October.  All entrants will receive technical and commercial feedback on their idea from the judging panel and will be eligible to participate in Catapult business support programmes.


Competition Prizes

UK Winner 2014 (worth £10,000):  £5,000 cash prize and business support package including business consultancy, IP advice, technical consultancy, introductions to technology partners and funding opportunities, high profile national and international PR campaign.

UK Second Prize 2014 (worth £5,000): £1,000 cash prize and business support package including business and technical consultancy.

UK Third Prize 2014 (worth £1,000): Business support package including business and technical consultancy.

European Grand Prize:  European Winner receives additional €20,000 cash prize.


Competition Facts and Figures

·         Since the ESNC first launched in 2004 there have been over 8,200 participants.

·         Over the past 10 years there have been 10 overall winners, 149 regional winners and 48 special prize winners.

·         The UK was among the first nations to sign-up to the competition which now extends across more than 20 European regions.

·         The UK has consistently been placed in the Top 5 in the Europe-wide final and has won the European grand prize twice.


Previous Winning Ideas

ManagePlaces – UK Winner 2013.  By combining real-world sensor data with tasks and responsibilities, teams that have to work remotely can improve efficiency and save money.  ManagePlaces has developed a software tool that stores organisations' sensor and location data securely in the cloud, and processes and analyses the data to provide summarised dashboards that are available on the web, mobile or tablet.  The system integrates sensor data with project tasks to deliver an optimised priority list that is based on your current location, creating a connection between remote workers, and delivering a real-time virtual operations room.   ManagePlaces Co-Founder, Georgios Michalakidis says: "The prize and recognition opened up doors that allowed us to expand the team and further invest in research and development." (www.manageplaces.com)

TeamSurv – UK Runner Up 2013.  An innovative project to community source and share navigational data. By installing one of the company's data loggers to on-board navigation instruments, mariners are helping to improve the accuracy of coastal water information, by logging depth and position data whilst they are at sea, and uploading the data to the web for processing and display.  TeamSurv have engaged almost 300 boats in the project, with funding secured for the next stage of product development and successful trials completed in the UK, France and the Baltic, and operations now expanding to the USA and South Pacific. TeamSurv Director, Tim Thornton says: "With the support of the ESNC the company has generated a significant amount of publicity.  This has raised our profile, resulting in more boats signing up to participate, and greater credibility from support agencies and potential partners." (www.teamsurv.eu