Technology & Service Acceleration
For those looking to experiment, build and test technology in the lab or in real-world environments, to help you get your services in the hands of users faster.
In the fast-paced world of technology, momentum is key. We offer you a platform to experiment fearlessly, transform your concepts into reality, and propel your technology-driven services into the hands of users. With our expertise we can help not to only accelerate your journey but also contribute to the collective advancement of technological innovation.
Overview of programmes available, please see each programme description below.
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Westcott Incubator & Accelerator
The Incubator and Accelerator Programme at Westcott is a new funding opportunity that will enable businesses of various sizes and maturity, to access the facilities and expert teams based at Westcott to explore, build, and test their innovations.
Space Commercialisation Engine
The engine is a programme that supports innovative EO ideas through research, investigation, and development of an early-stage prototype within an accelerated time scale. This process also allows access to networks of partners and looks to open investment opportunities.
The process includes a review of the commercial case for the idea and then develops from idea to early-stage proof of concept within a 3-6 month period. Managed by the Satellite Applications Catapult, the Space Commercialisation Engine has access to considerable design and technical expertise, including cutting edge technologies from university partners.
Environmental Space Living Lab
The Environmental Space Living Lab unites space, market and tech experts with policy makers, academia and end users. This collaborative space enables the exploration and analysis of challenges, co-designing and testing innovative solutions, and accelerating their commercialisation. By doing so, it drives business growth while generating long-term social and environmental impacts.
Innovate UK Edge
A business support and grant funding programme from IUK to support innovative start-ups to make step changes toward scale. Identify your growth stage and explore the support available on their website.
ESA Business Incubation Centre
The ESA Business Incubation Centre United Kingdom (ESA BIC UK) is part of ESA Space Solutions and provides start-ups with technical expertise and facilities, business support, networking, office space and funding needed to overcome innovation challenges and accelerate business growth.
Part of ESA’s thriving Europe-wide network of Business Incubation Centres, the ESA BIC UK is managed by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and draws on both organisations’ outstanding track record in business incubation – providing a unique environment perfectly engineered to accelerate innovation and unlock commercial potential. Each year we support start-ups working in sectors including aerospace, healthcare, energy, agriculture and digital technology.