Driving change

Manufacturing Industries

Enabling manufacturing industries to recognise the value of advanced digital technologies for solving today’s challenges and capitalising on tomorrow’s opportunities.

Creative Industries

We’re the only innovation organisation with a specific remit for the creative industries on behalf of the UK government, boosting the potential of the UK’s creative sector by unlocking the transformative potential of advanced digital technologies.

Combining creativity
with 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. We focus on ambitious programmes in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, future networks including 5G and the internet of things (IoT), immersive technologies (virtual, augmented and mixed reality, and haptics) and distributed systems including distributed ledger technologies (DLT).


Accelerating the ethical and responsible adoption and application of artificial intelligence and machine learning by UK industry


Driving the development and adoption of digital infrastructure by accelerating the understanding and experience of 5G and IoT - making the networked world a commercial reality


Supporting the current media production sector and paving the way for the future of the sector by enhancing skills in mixed reality applications and content


Exploring opportunities to support and develop the application of distributed systems technologies that coordinate multi-stakeholder ecosystems to increase supply chain transparency

Digital Catapult are excellent in providing access to the advanced technology startup ecosystem, creating new innovation value from a diverse ecosystem to enterprise industries.

Helen Dudfield
Chief Scientist for training, Qinetiq

Who benefits, and how?

Small businesses

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Large businesses

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Government &
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Research and

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Through collaboration and knowledge transfer Digital Catapult NI has inspired innovation across traditional sectors whilst providing support to some of the region’s most innovative tech startups. Understanding sectoral technology needs enables the team to partner with local government and ensure appropriate policy and support is provided to realise the ambition of a tech driven economy.


Regional engagement

Digital Catapult’s national network works with partners across the UK, with centres in London, North East Tees Valley, Northern Ireland, MediaCity and Brighton to provide localised and tailored services where they are needed


Digital Catapult drives regional and national economic growth. Each of our centres has a specific focus that responds to the needs of the local market: manufacturing in the north of England, immersive in Northern Ireland, and 5G and the creative industries in London and Brighton. Digital Catapult’s growing multi-stakeholder network drives local technology innovation, while empowering local stakeholders to reach national and international markets and resources.

  • Manufacturing
  • Distributed Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Future Networks
  • Immersive
  • Our Centres


Using distributed ledgers for warehouse and spare parts, worker certifications and movements of high value items with the Oil & Gas Technology Centre

Digital Catapult Northern Ireland

Harnessing IoT and AI for predictive maintenance on Northern Ireland’s highways with the Department for Infrastructure


Home of the 5G Testbed Accelerator Programme and the Brighton Dome 5G testbed.


Developing digital engineering across multiple sectors for future generations of engineers and engineering products as part of the DETI project

Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Coventry

Partnering with Telefonica UK (O2), Deloitte and Wayra UK to help organisations across the West Midlands harness the power of 5G


Working with Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult to spearhead digital transformation in the offshore wind industry through the Wind Digital Innovations Forum

North East Tees Valley

Supporting residents in Sunderland to live more safely and independently using assistive technologies. Home to our Immersive Lab and PROTO Studio.


Accelerating net zero industrial supply chains through the early adoption of advanced digital technologies with TWI and the Industrial Net Zero Innovation Centre (INZIC)


Leading innovation from the heart of the Knowledge Quarter

Hereford & County Durham

Proving IoT technology in a live manufacturing environment to unlock productivity, streamline processes, improve yield and increase quality control

County Durham & Hereford

Proving IoT technology in a live manufacturing environment to unlock productivity, streamline processes, improve yield and increase quality control


Home to one of our nationwide network of Immersive Labs for innovating with the latest immersive technologies