Converting corporate R&D into viable and valuable businesses globally
We are the hands-on, trusted venture management partners that will take a venture from concept through to full implementation of a product or service
We have a 10 year track record of successfully maximising the value of R&D ventures for some of the world’s largest companies
How we work
Pilot Lite Ventures helps our corporate clients identify, de-risk, validate and launch early-stage technologies, new ventures and stranded intellectual property across developed and emerging channels and marketsLearn more
Pilot Lite Capital typically acquires and directly invests into Corporate stranded or uncommercialised IP, products and brands, predominantly with ethical and/or sustainable attributes, and develops these ventures into free-standing, revenue-generating businessesLearn more
How we help
Pilot Lite’s unique, proven approach to end to end validation and deployment
Scouting & Origination
We provide strategic scouting and origination of new business (product / technology or channel) or IP opportunities for future commercialization with a focus on building strategic and sustainable platforms.
The outcome is a set of 5 to 10 tangible investment opportunities that fit our client’s strategic objectives with a set of explicit steps to validate and action the investment and, where the opportunities satisfy our own investment criteria, the potential for direct funding collaboration between Pilot Lite and the client.
Our Pilot Lite commercialization team, working with our extensive network of subject matter experts, rigorously validates innovation opportunities through a uniquely commercial lens to assess their 'doability', sustainability and financial viability.
The outcome of this work is an immediately actionable plan to move the opportunity towards implementation and readiness for pilot launch. For opportunities that satisfy our own investment criteria, Pilot Lite can also participate through direct funding collaboration.
Once validated, a period of preparation for launch is required. Pilot Lite’s team takes on accountability for a pilot launch of the opportunity, leveraging our capabilities and methodologies to accelerate and de-risk the opportunity in market. Our team addresses all the core work streams highlighted in Validation, firming up critical planned pathways, raw materials, supply, co-manufacture, sales, logistics and regulatory activities. We initiate and close all contracts in preparation for a green light to launch.
At the end of this stage, the opportunity is ready for an initial pilot launch in market to maximize learning prior to a full scale launch.
Pilot Lite deployment teams take new ventures into market to actively stress test all aspects of launch, including consumer response, supply chain performance and technology robustness. We directly managing all aspects in preparation for a scaled up effort.
This step de-risks the opportunity and accelerates subsequent scale up into the selected target markets.
In preparation for mass scale, where our corporate clients leverage their proven muscle to build businesses, Pilot Lite is deployed to test all partners across the supply chain and their ability to cope with geographic expansion.
Pilot Lite expects the next stage following scale-up to involve either the corporate parent re-absorbing the venture or spinning it out into a stand-alone business. Where the ventures satisfy our own investment criteria, Pilot Lite can also consider investment in such spin outs at this stage of development.
At all stages of consideration, Pilot Lite, through its Capital division, can participate in co-investment R&D that fit our own rigorous investment criteria.
Whilst corporates often champion breakthrough innovation they often have difficulty diverting funds from legacy businesses to fledgling ventures and consequently starve them of critical capital. Therefore, in each of the above stages of consideration, should it be appropriate, Pilot Lite Capital has the ability to invest either alongside the client to become a co-investor and scale-up partner, or as an acquirer of stranded or uncommercialized projects or ventures.
Who we help
Case Study: Pilot Lite Capital
Sustainable Packaging: Pulp Technology
We are developing an innovative and patented technology to replace glass and plastic bottles with biodegradable pulp fibre bottles to assist corporates in the drinks, personal and health care and home care sectors to meet their sustainability goals and to create a competitive advantage.
Managing your external supply for innovation
13 February 2020
According to McKinsey, to acclerate innovation, more companies are turning to outsiders for help – especially their suppliers. Getting supplier innovation to work means rethinking incentives, relationships and management. Read what they have to say here – and also make sure that if you are attending Future Food-Tech, 19-20 March in San Francisco, that you hear what our CEO Mike Anstey has to say about the matter in his keynote.
Jonny Hewlett joins Pilot Lite
16 January 2020
Pilot Lite is delighted to announce that Jonny Hewlett has joined the team as Venture CEO for our W’air sustainable clothing care project. Jonny brings with him a great breadth and depth of C-suite level general management, trade marketing and commercial experience with three of the strongest companies in their respective fields, P&G, Marc Jacobs (LVMH) and Diesel.
Proud sponsor of Future Food-Tech 2020
9 January 2020
We are once again proud to be a key sponsor of Future Food-Tech, the world’s leading event series which focuses on the most disruptive technologies transforming our food system. The next event is currently scheduled to take place from 23-24 June, to bring together over a thousand c-suite food brand executives, investors and entrepreneurs to share ideas, network, collaborate and invest. To keep up-to-date with how the event will unfold, please visit: https://futurefoodtechnyc.com/
Our core team is made up of professionals who combine proven best of class corporate, consultancy and entrepreneurial expertise, together with a wider pool of over 100 technology, geocentric and financial management professionals and subject matter experts worldwide. We engage with and challenge our customers’ organisations, which gives us unrivalled access, insight and relationships.