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We help SMEs take innovative solutions from idea to market.

Our SME programme will help you secure funding, run a test bed, find delivery partners & new customers. This is suitable for SMEs of all sizes.
Driving innovation
for UK SMEs
New services
launched in 2 years
Funding secured
to help SMEs take services to market
Asset classes
provide funding for Net Zero across all sectors

The SME programme.

We provide networking, business and innovation support for companies at all stages of their evolution.

Join our SME network, a catalyst for innovation.

Every year we facilitate hundreds of interactions between SMEs and the markets we operate in through our proven Innovation Ecosystem.

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SME network
at a glance
in our network
across CP Catapult each year
year on year
supported on Commercial and CR&D programmes
Investor days
To showcase your innovative solutions to a network of VCs and angel investors, for a chance to raise seed and Series A money.
SME Masterclass
A series of masterclasses to overcome barriers to growth by addressing specific business needs, and helping businesses to develop new concepts, prototypes, products and services.
Business Needs Assessment
Work with our expert team to identify areas for growth & improvement, develop an action plan, and find resources to help take your business to the next level.
Connections Café
Business support and networking events that bring together our SME Community and key representatives of industry, government and funders to discuss cross-industry topics.
Industry days
Networking events to convene with the marketplace, and meet industry players who are potential buyers for your solutions.


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SME Accelerators provide intensive support for cohorts of startups, aiming to get them ready for investment quickly. Our programmes work with high potential SMEs in transport and urban innovation spaces.

Funding & Grants

We help secure early stage, proof-of-concept funding. Providing investment to de-risk emerging solutions and speeding up their route to market.

Opportunities & Case Studies

Maritime Accelerator 2024
Introducing the Maritime Accelerator 2024, a dynamic initiative powered by Connected Places Catapult, dedicated to nurturing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with pioneering solutions applicable to the maritime industry and beyond.
Hydrogen Innovation Initiative Demonstration 24-25
Companies can apply for up to £35k to demonstrate technology related to the production, conversion, distribution or end use of hydrogen.
Freight Innovation Fund Accelerator Cohort 3
The UK Government has committed to a dedicated £7m cross-modal Freight Innovation Fund (FIF) as part of the Future of Freight strategy, which sets out the Government’s long-term vision for the UK freight sector.
Clean Futures Accelerator
Calling all West Midlands innovators. Apply to the Clean Futures Accelerator and receive up to £50K to push the boundaries of your technology.
Maritime transports
Transport Research and Innovation Grants 2024
Transport Research and Innovation Grants (TRIG) provide early-stage funding for innovations in science, engineering, or technology delivered by The Department for Transport's (DfT) project delivery partner, Connected Places Catapult.
Hydrogen Storage
Hydrogen Innovation Initiative Venture Building Programme
Develop collaborative ventures to commercialise hydrogen technologies for logistics, centred around the river Thames.
High speed rail
HS2 Accelerator
Connected Places Catapult, in partnership with HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport, has launched its search for six small businesses to develop new technology ideas for the rail scheme; to be selected for trial and funded by HS2 and its main contractors.
Glasgow Airport Living Lab Digital Twin Competition
Glasgow Airport’s Living Lab Digital Twin Competition is a strategic initiative funded to facilitate the development of digital twin technology solutions specifically tailored for the aviation sector.