Pilot Lite Group

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

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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.                                  
 

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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.

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How we help

Pilot Lite’s unique, proven approach to end to end validation and deployment

Scouting & Origination

(16 weeks)

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. 

Validation

(10-12 weeks) 

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. 

Business Readiness

(3-8 months) 

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.

Launch

(3-24 months) 

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. 

Scale Up

(6 months) 

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. 

Funding Collaboration

 

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.

Case studies

Case Study:

Better-For-You Crisps

This Spring, Pilot Lite and its Mindful Snacker Company 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.

Better-For-You Crisps
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PET-Free, Pulp-Based Recyclable Bottles

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.  

 

PET-Free, Pulp-Based Recyclable Bottles
Case Study:

Re-imagining Laundry

w'air is a revolutionary, 3-in-1 sustainable clothing care system that can remove stains, refresh garments between washes and even deep clean your delicates using just a fraction of the water, energy and detergent of conventional laundry.                               

 

Re-imagining Laundry

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News

Simply Roasted: Escaping the HFSS Ad Ban

Simply Roasted: Escaping the HFSS Ad Ban

7 May 2021

As the government prepares to crack down on the promotion and advertising of high fat, salt and sugar foods, brands are launching healthier new products and reformulating existing lines to stay below the threshold.

Castrol Announces Pulpex Partnership

Castrol Announces Pulpex Partnership

5 May 2021

We are delighted to reveal that Castrol has today announced itself as the latest company to join the Pulpex global partner consortium to design paper bottles for use with Castrol’s products.

Earth Day 2021 - Restore Our Earth

Earth Day 2021 - Restore Our Earth

22 April 2021

Today is Earth Day and we're proud that sustainability is at the core of each of our Pilot Lite-backed ventures.

Welcome to the Bottle of Tomorrow

Welcome to the Bottle of Tomorrow

16 April 2021

The Johnnie Walker paper-based bottle will change spirits packaging forever. Made from sustainably sourced wood pulp, it’s our first recyclable paper-based spirits bottle. We can’t wait to introduce you to it.

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About Us

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.

Meet the team

Mike Anstey

Mike Anstey
CEO & Co-Founder

Stephen Hay

Stephen Hay
Chairman

Simon Haworth

Simon Haworth
Chief Investment Officer

Pier Massa

Pier Massa
COO & Regional Head - Europe

Sandy Westwater

Sandy Westwater
CFO & Co-Founder

Graham Hedger

Graham Hedger
Non-Executive Director

Euan Burns

Euan Burns
Group Technical Director

Mary Henderson

Mary Henderson
PLG Global Communications

Dave Behringer

Dave Behringer
CEO PLV USA Inc

Remi Rasenberg

Remi Rasenberg
Creative & Marketing Director

Jonny Hewlett

Jonny Hewlett
PLV Venture Lead

Sadiq Edu

Sadiq Edu
Africa Adviser

Patrick Muthoka

Patrick Muthoka
Kenya

Muyiwa Oke

Muyiwa Oke
Nigeria

Min Zhou

Min Zhou
China

Adrian Mutton

Adrian Mutton
India

Contact

If you would like to find out more about Pilot Lite or what we can do for your business, then call or email us and let's start a conversation.

+44 20 3393 6490

info@pilotlitegroup.com

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