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ORE Catapult Launch Academy 2024 - Now accepting applications (Deadline: 8th December)

Posted on 24 November 2023

ORE Catapult Launch Academy 2024 - Now accepting applications (Deadline: 8th December)

ORE Catapult (Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult) are very pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our flagship technology accelerator programme, Launch Academy. Applications for Launch Academy 2024 went live on 6th November and will remain open until 8th December.

This upcoming year’s programme of activity represents ORE Catapult’s fourth iteration of our award-winning 9-month technology accelerator programme, and is supported by three fantastic industry sponsors:

Successful companies can expect to receive nine months of technology development, business case analysis, commercialisation, and business growth support delivered by ORE Catapult and a cadre of specialist external delivery partners, in addition to an opportunity to develop links and relationships with the leading offshore wind developers sponsoring the programme.

Our request: We are very keen to highlight this opportunity to as many companies as possible and would greatly appreciate it if you could kindly pass this message on to any companies that you think may benefit from participation in Launch Academy 2024. Additionally, sharing information on the programme within your wider networks and highlighting to relevant industry trade bodies, clusters, regional authorities etc would also be very much appreciated.

Launch Academy 2024 is accepting applications from companies developing innovations targeting a variety of technology thematic challenge areas, developing directly by ORE Catapult in collaboration with industry sponsors. These include:

  • Project Pipeline:
    • Installation: Impact-reducing innovations relevant to the Installation stage of an offshore wind farm’s lifecycle
    • Operation: Impact -reducing innovations relevant to the Operational stage of an offshore wind farm’s lifecycle
  • Future Energy Systems:
    • Electrification and Decarbonisation of Vessel Operations
    • Shore Charging and Grid Maximisation
  • Smart O&M:
    • Condition Monitoring
    • Surface Coating and Protection
    • HSE
  • Open Call
    • An open call for applications from any company developing a technology, product or service relevant to the offshore wind sector

Further information on the technology thematic challenge areas can be found in the PDFs attached, or by navigating to the Launch Academy 2024 landing page here. In addition, if any interested companies would like to hear more about the Launch Academy 2024 programme itself, ORE Catapult hosted a Briefing Webinar for the programme which included presentations from each of the programme’s industry sponsors for 2024 on November 10th. A link to the recording from this session can be found here.

Eligibility: Any company actively seeking to commercialise a technology solution in the offshore wind sector is welcome to apply. This opportunity is available to UK-registered companies, or companies with an ambition to establish a presence in the United Kingdom.

Successful companies will be shortlisted following the close of applications on December 8th, with finalists invited to pitch in January/February 2024 and winners announced shortly thereafter.

For more information, please feel free to contact either me or my colleagues, Ravneet Kaur and Dylan Hill, at Ravneet.Kaur@ore.catapult.org.uk and Dylan.Hill@ore.catapult.org.uk.