Converting corporate R&D into viable and valuable businesses globally
Pilot Lite is a pioneer and international leader in venture management with a successful track record of more than 10 years helping multi-national corporations accelerate the commercialization of their R&D and innovation.
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 markets.
Pilot Lite Capital typically acquires and directly invests into Corporate stranded or uncommercialized IP, products and brands, predominantly with ethical or sustainable attributes and develops these ventures into free-standing, revenue-generating businesses.Learn 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 clients' 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.
The world's first roasted, HFSS-approved potato crisp
In Spring 2021, Pilot Lite announced the launch of a game-changing snack product: Simply Roasted - a premium potato crisp that offers the great taste of a traditional fried crisp but with only half the fat and significantly less salt.
The world's first recyclable, 100% PET-free paper bottle
Pilot Lite and Diageo collaborated to establish Pulpex, a sustainable packaging technology company that has developed a patented, first-of-its-kind, single-mould paper bottle that is being adopted for use by a consortium of global CPGs.
The world's first eco-friendly, handheld fabric care device
w'air is a revolutionary, 3-in-1 sustainable fabric care system that removes stains & spills, refreshes fabrics and clothing between washes and deep cleans delicates using just a fraction of the water, energy and detergent of conventional laundry.
Simply Roasted voted 'Top Launch 2021'
17 January 2022
We are delighted to announce that Simply Roasted was awarded ‘Top Launch 2021’ by The Grocer. To be recognised in such an incredibly competitive category was the ideal way to wrap up 2021 and gives the brand great momentum going into the new year.
Our approach to commercializing stranded R&D
20 December 2021
Pilot Lite has been converting stranded corporate R&D assets into successful new businesses for more than a decade. Our end-to-end approach is the subject of the latest white paper in our Venture Series, available now for download.
ELC joins the Pulpex consortium
16 November 2021
The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) today announced that it has joined the Pulpex partner consortium, becoming the consortium’s first prestige beauty company to support the development of a recyclable paper bottle made from responsibly sourced pulp.
Saving the planet one gadget at a time
5 November 2021
With COP26 well underway, there has perhaps never been a more intense spotlight on all things sustainable. As such, we're grateful to Metro.co.uk for showcasing the w'air device in both its printed and online feature today.
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.