Annual Engagement & Impact Report
Andy Green reviews the year, reflects on his time as Chair of Digital Catapult, and picks some of his highlights from the last five years.
When the Catapult network was established, advanced digital technologies were still at a very early stage of their development and adoption and Digital Catapult became a key organisation in helping to lay the foundations for connecting innovative startups and industry. As these technologies have evolved further over the past five years and become part of the broad discussions across the economy, it is clear that by building upon our early work, there is a huge opportunity for Digital Catapult to help deliver economic growth and enhance productivity for the UK. We have seen this through our innovation and technology programmes, helping to drive research and development from the lab into commercial reality, supporting open innovation to foster the startup ecosystem and developing collaborative projects that push the boundaries of what emerging technologies can offer industry.
Since I’ve been Chair, I have witnessed a step change in the role that advanced digital technologies have had in business, both large and small, in the startup and scaleup community, and in society at large. Over the last five years Digital Catapult has cemented its position as a central point in the UK tech landscape, working alongside UKRI, InnovateUK, the eight other Catapults and many hundreds of stakeholders in the UK’s innovation landscape.
The 120 talented and committed people who work at Digital Catapult are its biggest asset, and I’m privileged to see first-hand the impact that our business, and this dedicated group of people, are having on growing the UK economy through the application of advanced digital technologies. £100m of investment in the last 12 months spread between over 90 companies and welcoming more than 600 businesses through the doors of Digital Catapult are major highlights for this financial year.
Outgoing Chair of Digital Catapult