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We are building a culture that drives the early adoption and application of advanced digital technologies in the UK

600 +

small businesses: working hand in hand with entrepreneurs

120 +

industrial collaborations

100 m

total investment raised
by 90 companies after engaging with Digital
Catapult in the last year


companies used our nationwide network of testbeds and labs

Creating opportunity from possibility

  • Our programmes and projects drive innovation, collaboration and experimentation. Digital Catapult’s facilities - both physical and digital - bring together startups, scaleups, corporates, researchers and investors to find the right solutions to industry challenges, to boost UK productivity, to open up new international markets and help develop new business models
  • We connect large corporations with agile, inventive startups and world leading researchers from top UK universities, to get the latest thinking out of the lab and into the heart of industry
  • We’re working with businesses of all sizes to discover new ways to solve challenges in the manufacturing and creative industries
  • We undertake collaborative research and development that leads to commercial exploitation and helps to de-risk innovation for organisations
  • We work with world leading corporate organisations to help build productive global partnerships

How Digital Catapult drives the early adoption of advanced digital technologies to make the UK economy more competitive and productive


We provide physical and digital facilities for experimentation and testing

Collaboration and innovation

We discover new ways to solve big challenges in the manufacturing and creative industries

Research and development

We convene and deliver collaborative research and development

Driving change

We work with the two sectors where we can support the use of advanced digital technologies to make the biggest impact: manufacturing and creative industries.

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Creative industries

We’re the only innovation organisation with a specific remit for the creative industries, putting the wow into future storytelling.


Manufacturing industries

Accelerating the number of trailblazer organisations in UK manufacturing and their supply chains working with advanced digital technologies.

Enabling the power of technology

Digital Catapult helps trailblazer companies to develop and demonstrate innovative and successful advanced digital technology products, services, experiences and business models for UK industry to emulate. To do this, we focus on ambitious programmes in artificial intelligence and machine learning, future networks, immersive technologies and blockchain.

Artificial intelligence

Our rapidly expanding AI programme accelerates adoption of artificial intelligence by industry and is helping to grow the UK’s machine learning ecosystem.

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Future networks

Digital Catapult is driving the development of digital infrastructure with a programme of future networks activity that takes research from university labs to commercial reality with our projects focused on IoT and 5G.

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Digital Catapult is making the UK the best place in the world to produce immersive content and applications using virtual, augmented, mixed reality and haptics.

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