Digital Catapult is here to drive the UK economy through the practical application of digital innovation. We do this to make UK businesses more competitive, more productive and to drive regional growth.

How do they do that?

Digital Catapult is a technology innovation Centre that unlocks digital growth in the UK economy. It works with companies of all sizes to transform their businesses by accelerating the practical application of digital innovation. We bridge the gap between research and industry, finding the right technologies to solve problems, increase productivity and open up new markets faster.

Digital Catapult connects experts with established enterprises, start-up and scale-up businesses, and researchers to discover new ways of solving big technological challenges in the digital manufacturing and creative industries.

It provides experimental and testing facilities and access to experts so that new services and applications can be trailed to bought to market faster and we do this across the UK via our five innovation Centres. This breaks down barriers to technology adoption for start-ups and small businesses, de-risks innovation for enterprises and uncovers new commercial applications for digital technology in the fields of immersive, connectivity, data and artificial intelligence.

Digital Catapult works across a range of four key technology drivers that we believe can positively disrupt business models and create competitive advantage:

Data-driven: new ways to work with personal data with more control and trust, applications of blockchain and smart contracts, cybersecurity particularly for emergent threats


Connected: the Internet of Things and associated enabling networking technologies such as Low-Powered Wide-Area networks and 5G


Intelligent: artificial intelligence and particularly machine learning



Immersive: augmented, virtual and mixed realities, and related new forms of human interface



By applying business and technology know-how to the new commercial opportunities unlocked through Digital Catapult’s programmes and collaborations, new markets and opportunities can be created for UK digital companies.

Digital Catapult makes innovation happen by removing barriers to growth faced by businesses.

How does it do that?

Digital Catapults interventions range from those that impact at sector level, to that are relevant to groups of companies in a sector and those that have a direct impact on individual companies. They include:

  • Building, coordinating and increasing access to large scale tests beds
  • Driving engagement between small companies and large companies
  • UK, EU or International Collaborative Research & Development projects
  • Accelerating the growth of markets by supporting ecosystems and helping exports
  • Development of standards
  • Building prototypes, testing feasibility of technologies
  • Helping large companies become more efficient through the introduction of digital innovation
  • Providing access to facilities, skills and space

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