Each of our centres has a specific focus that responds to the needs of the local market, nurturing the best and most exciting expertise to drive growth in both the regional and national economies; manufacturing in the north of England, immersive in MediaCityUK and Northern Ireland, and 5G and the creative industries in Brighton.

We’re always looking for new partners to work with to deepen our existing relationships and discover ways to create fresh opportunities for all regions in the UK.


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Our centres across the UK


Digital Catapult is located in Kings Cross, part of the Knowledge Quarter in London, and the base for over 120 experts drawn from a range of industries and backgrounds. It is also home to the Future Networks Lab, Immersive Lab London and the 5G London testbed.

North East Tees Valley

In the heart of Sunderland, Digital Catapult North East Tees Valley offers a cutting-edge incubation space for startups developing new products and services using emerging technologies, all supported by a team of industry experts and academics.

The North East is a leader in immersive technologies and in 2018 PROTO, a new state of the art facility for VR and AR, opened an £8 million research and development facility, a huge opportunity for organisations to test and create digital solutions.

Digital Catapult North East Tees Valley’s Digital Manufacturing Programme is an initiative designed to help manufacturers of all sizes understand the impact of advanced digital technologies and how to use them to future-proof their businesses. It has engaged with 42 small and medium sized local manufacturing businesses to date, supporting £275k of investment.

Digital Catapult North East Tees Valley supported the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018, launched an IoT testbed with Sunderland City Council, and worked with startup Reality Zero One to develop engaging immersive content which helped attract an additional 30,000 visitors to Northumberland National Park’s new visitor centre.


Digital Catapult’s Immersive Lab MediaCityUK is a partnership between Digital Catapult and The Landing, MediaCityUK’s tech hub specialising in high growth startups. The Immersive Lab is located at The Landing alongside Vodafone’s new 5G testbed and The Landing’s existing user testing facilities and rapid prototyping lab, enhancing the equipment available at The Landing for startups and global companies.

Northern Ireland

Working closely with InvestNI and the Department for the Economy, Digital Catapult Northern Ireland focuses on being at the forefront of innovation by building partnerships and bridging the gap between industry and academia, helping large and small organisations work smarter and more efficiently by realising and adopting innovative digital technologies.

Its new facility at the Ormeau Baths in Belfast was opened in early 2019. A new Immersive Lab provides local businesses with a bespoke facility to demonstrate the potential of immersive technologies.

Digital Catapult Northern Ireland signed a MOU with BBC NI to create opportunities to reach new audiences, utilise emerging novel technologies and use content from the BBC Rewind archive portal. The relationship will see BBC Northern Ireland and Digital Catapult work together to share facilities, workspaces, equipment and expertise, advance projects within the immersive sector, develop talent and skills within both organisations and work together on exhibitions, workshops and events.


Digital Catapult Brighton helps innovators bring digital services and products to market. Working closely with local business, academia, the public sector and the Digital Catapult network across the UK, Digital Catapult Brighton helps unlock value from proprietary data, generate new jobs, drive innovation and create millions in linked investment and funding.

Digital Catapult’s first 5G testbed was built for the Coast to Capital LEP and launched in Brighton in 2018. The first testbed in the UK open for commercial use, it allows small businesses access to state of the art 5G technology, providing space to test and explore the potential new applications of 5G.

Alongside the 5G Brighton Testbed, Brighton is also home to Digital Catapult’s 5G Testbed Accelerator Programme which supports small businesses at early stage and scaleup stage.


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Collaboration between local startups and corporates is vital for a region like the North East. Over the last year we’ve seen some incredibly successful partnerships between small technology firms and bigger brands like Nissan, Nexus and LNER, as well as an increasing interest in open innovation from a number of public sector organisations. By educating traditionally non-digital sectors on the potential of emerging technologies, we’ve been able to create opportunities for startups that have had a real impact. These have led to commercial contracts, international exposure and in some cases the creation of entirely new companies. The skills and experience of the North East Tees Valley team - working with technologies like ML/AI, immersive and IoT/ future networks - have played an important role in supporting companies from all sectors to become more productive and more competitive through technology adoption.

David Dunn

CEO, Sunderland Software City

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Digital Catapult’s presence in Northern Ireland is constantly removing barriers to digital transformation for traditional industrial sectors such as agriculture, tourism, construction and manufacturing. Our experts in AI, IoT, and immersive tech are identifying growth opportunities for innovative NI tech startups and collaborating to unlock potential and new market opportunities.

Adrian Johnston

Director, Digital Catapult Northern Ireland

It's really vital to Digital Catapult to engage with regional stakeholders across the entire ecosystem

Sarah Robb

Head of Regional Centres