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 commercialisation 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 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 Ventures
The Future of Sustainable Packaging
Pulpex is a patented, first-of-its-kind packaging technology company with a mission to deliver sustainability through renewable packaging. Delivering much-needed and highly anticipated category change, it enables brands to rethink their packaging proposition and achieve their sustainability goals at scale.
Case Study: Pilot Lite Capital
w'air is a revolutionary, sustainable clothing care system which is a low-impact way to remove stains, deep clean or simply refresh your clothes between washes using just a fraction of the water and detergent of conventional laundry.
Food brand innovators pivot in the face of Covid
12 October 2020
How have food brands navigated the changes wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic? Dave Behringer, CEO of Pilot Lite USA, hosted a panel of food execs at the recent FutureFoodTech conference to talk about shifting priorities and strategies.
W'air launches brand new website
6 October 2020
Ahead of the offical product launch in a few months, w'air has revealed its new website showcasing a 'hero film' and other relevant content.
Pilot Lite to present at Future Food Tech
9 September 2020
Pilot Lite's David Behringer and Sandy Westwater speak at the upcoming virtual Future Food Tech with some of the largest food and beverage companies in the world.
Plastics need no longer become waste
15 July 2020
PepsiCo's ambitious dream of a world "where plastics need no longer become waste," is one step closer to becoming reality with the creation of the first fully-recyclable PET-free paperbottle.
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.