An award-winning global specialist adding bandwidth to corporate R&D teams to accelerate and deploy innovation in the market
Since 2009, Pilot Lite has partnered with Fortune 500/FTSE 100 corporates worldwide, successfully launching more than 200 validated ventures, including technologies, businesses, and ESG initiatives.
Who we are
Pilot Lite is the hands-on, trusted venture management partner for corporates in the CPG, food & beverage, and consumer healthcare industries.
On a fee-for-service basis, we help corporate clients identify, de-risk (and share risk), validate, and launch early-stage technology, new ventures, and ESG initiatives across developed and emerging channels and markets.
How we help
Pilot Lite uses our proven, modular, end-to-end venture management process to validate, commercialise, and deploy new corporate ventures and ESG initiatives.
Scouting & Origination
We provide strategic AI-driven scouting and origination of new business (product / technology or channel) or IP opportunities for future commercialization, focusing 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 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.
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.
Test & Learn to 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.
(6 months) In preparation for mass scale, where our corporate clients leverage their proven muscle to build businesses, Pilot Lite tests all partners' ability to cope with supply chain and geographic expansion. Upon completion of pre-scale, brands and corporates can seamlessly reintegrate the deployed technology or products back into their systems (EAPs, SAPs, etc).
We are not investors. While corporations often champion breakthrough innovation, they often have difficulty diverting funds from legacy businesses to fledgling ventures starved for critical capital. In each stage of the venture process, where appropriate, Pilot Lite can facilitate investment through its network of financial institutions, high net worths, funds, and family offices.
From Unproven Tech into UK's #1 Snack Brand
Pilot Lite successfully commercialized a stranded corporate technology, creating a category-busting, award-winning crisp with the lowest fat and salt content in the market.
The world's first truly recyclable 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 its global CPG partners.
The world's first eco-friendly, handheld fabric care device
w'air is a revolutionary and versatile fabric care system that spot cleans, deep cleans & refreshes anything from sneakers and sofas to clothing and carpets using just a fraction of the water, energy and detergent of conventional methods.
Simply Roasted Racks Up More Awards
6 October 2023
Simply Roasted, a Pilot Lite-backed company, has received two more awards for its triple-cooked, never fried, delicious, better-for-you crisps.
Pulpex Awarded Grant Funding From Innovate UK
29 September 2023
Pilot Lite-backed Pulpex, the proven, patented, and scalable packaging technology company, has been awarded grant funding from Innovate UK.
The Simple Root Named Included in Innovation Awards
15 September 2023
Congratulations to The Simple Root, the global, veggie-first plant-based food brand for being named a finalist in three categories of the World Plant-Based Innovation Awards 2023.
The Pilot Lite team comprises 30 core professionals who combine proven best-of-class corporate, consultancy, and entrepreneurial expertise and a broad pool of over 100 technology, geocentric, financial, and commercial management professionals and subject matter experts worldwide. Our leadership team selects professionals from within this associate network based on the required skill sets and geographic location of the project. These 'boots on the ground' set PIlot Lite apart from other service offerings and are key to the success of our clients' ventures.
Pilot Lite's leadership offers critical skill sets and experience in investment management, business planning, and brand transformation across a wide spectrum of industries. We engage with and challenge our customers’ organizations, which gives us unrivaled access, insight, and relationships.