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December Satuccino


Catapult Updates:

Alastair Lees, Global Services Development Manager, EASOS Programme

EASOS is a world leading management information and decision support platform to help monitor and manage government and business challenges. It was developed as part of the UKSA IPP Programme working with 11 UK companies and 23 Gov departments. EASOS provides live flood forecasting, deforestation and Marine oil pollution detection service in Malaysia.

They are looking to expand EASOS further in two dimensions:
1. Geography (new markets)
2. Capabilities
Their aim is to offer UK companies access to new markets for their capabilities.

EASOS are looking for companies who have technically mature offerings in areas such as Agriculture, Air Quality, Subsidence, Renewables, Mining & Extractive industries and many others!

If this opportunity excites you and you have a technically mature offering, then block your diary for the the morning of 6 February 2019 before Satuccino to learn more! More information on this to follow.


Company Pitches

Company Pitch 1 – Max Schofield, Fisheries Analyst, OceanMind

OceanMind is a not for profit organisation working to increase the sustainability of fishing globally. This is achieved by addressing Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, which is putting unsustainable pressure on global fish stocks.

OceanMind utilise a range of satellite derived data sources to detect the presence of vessels. They have developed machine learning algorithms to interpret vessel activity. This information is scrutinised by fisheries analysts to provide actionable insight to clients.

‘Data only has value when you combine it with expertise to make insights’

OceanMind’s expertise is currently used to increase the transparency in the ‘hook to plate’ phase of seafood supply chains and to monitor both Exclusive Economic Zones and Marine Reserves, delivering insight that enables enforcement of illegal incursion.

Find out more at:

Company Pitch 2 – Anja Frey, Space Project Manager, AVS

AVS is proud to be one of the world’s leading companies in the design and development of bespoke
equipment for large science and research infrastructure across the globe.

AVS conceive and develop unique mechanisms, instruments and robotics for Earth Observation, Exploration, Telecommunication and Science missions as well as Ground Support Equipment and In-orbit servicing applications. AVS are also working towards a new, extensive catalogue of space products covering thermal applications, mechanisms and Electric Propulsion systems, that enhance and create mission opportunities and capabilities.

The variety of engineering and scientific knowledge at AVS allows them to work with exceptional teams and incredible technologies worldwide. This currently includes development of two instruments on the NASA M2020 Rover, innovative thermal control solutions for telecommunication satellites, the first European water plasma thruster and new ion thrusters for CubeSats. In order to deliver such complex solutions, AVS Space relies on highly qualified personnel, advanced assembly and integration areas, clean rooms and state-of-the-art engineering and design facilities.

Find out more at:

Company Pitch 3 – Dr Matt Bennett, Managing Director, Uncrewed Technologies Ltd

Uncrewed Technologies are developing a high-altitude platform for testing space hardware. As a compliment to existing lab testing, they believe verifying hardware operation in the stratosphere offers an additional risk-reduction step on the path to space. This dynamic real-world environment combines low-temperature, increased UV and radiation and pressure at less than 1% of sea-level. Being around 30 km high extends the pre-launch test options for both onboard and ground radio and antenna operation. Such an altitude also offers a valuable opportunity to verify Earth observation sensor performance.

The platform’s lifting balloon is a popular and reliable type used thousands of times a year worldwide for atmospheric measurement. The remaining hardware is unique to the company, offering payload exposure at altitude for up to 12 hours and a fully-controlled descent to a pre-agreed landing area. A payload support interface is provided, with optional regulated power supplies, data-logging and accessing serial interfaces through a 2-way RF communication link. Their customers’ payloads can be in the region of 5 kg with dimensions of 30 x 30 x 30 cm.

Contact Matt Bennett to discuss your test requirements and how Uncrewed Technologies could help:

Company Pitch 4 – Luis Crespo, Director of Innovation and Business Development Manager, Ad Telecom

AD TELECOM is specialised in the areas of Radiofrequency, Digital Hardware and Space Technology. It commercialises its own line of products within the critical communications sector and provides engineering services. This is an integral service, satisfying the engineering requirements of the client from preliminary product conception to the mass production, assembling, quality control, licensing, logistics and after-sales services.

AD TELECOM, which has a multidisciplinary staff of engineers to fully cover all the industrial needs, is highly experienced in digital hardware based on FPGA and microprocessor technology, printed circuits design, software design, prototype development, industrial design and assembly-line production.

For more information visit:

Extra Shot Company Pitches

Richard May, Innovation Director, Oxford Innovation and Programme Manager for OI Space Incubator

Cluster Pitches

Cluster Pitch 1 Stephen Mayers, Sector Lead Digital Innovation , SETsquared Partnership

The SETsquared Partnership is the enterprise collaboration between five of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities (Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Surrey and Southampton) and has been ranked by UBI Global as the world’s number one top business incubator managed by a University since 2015. Since its inception in 2002, SETsquared has supported over 2,500 hi-tech start-ups in developing and raising over £1.5bn investment, contributing more than £3.8bn to the UK economy.

The Scale-Up Programme is an initiative targeting the unique requirements of key fast, growing sectors of the UK economy. The programme focuses on high growth businesses looking to scale-up and accelerate their path to commercialisation across four key areas: Digital Innovation; Environment, Sustainable, Marine and Maritime; Health & Wellbeing and Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing.

Their support services include 1) providing a single gateway into academic expertise and facilities, 2) introductions to corporates and investors, 3) access to new talent, 4) support to identify appropriate grant funding, academic partners & submit high-quality bids and 5) business mentoring support.

To apply for the programme click here


Cluster Pitch 2 Heni Sanislova, Business Incubation Centre Manager , Westcott Business Incubation Centre

Cluster Pitch 3 Catherine Holt, Horizon 2020 UK National Contact Point for Space , Innovate UK

Horizon 2020 Space Call – 2019

The space calls are currently open (deadlines in March 2019) with the following topics:


  • Copernicus market uptake
  • Copernicus evolution – Research activities in support of cross-cutting applications between Copernicus services
  • Copernicus evolution –a gap analysis to prepare future activities for Copernicus data and information validation and quality enhancement
  • International Cooperation Copernicus – Designing EO downstream applications with international partners
  • EGNSS applications fostering green, safe and smart mobility
  • EGNSS applications fostering digitisation
  • EGNSS applications fostering societal resilience and protecting the environment
  • EGNSS Awareness Raising and capacity building


  • Technologies for European non-dependence and competitiveness
  • SRC – In-Space electrical propulsion and station keeping
  • Earth observation technologies
  • Access to space
  • Space Weather
  • Advanced research in Near Earth Objects (NEOs) and new payload technologies for planetary defence
  • Research and innovation network of governmental users of secure satellite communications  

In the event of a Brexit no-deal the UK Government will provide an underwrite for UK organisations in funded grants. For more information about the underwrite please click here or for the call please click here.

UK Israel open collaborative competition 2018

UK and Israel have announced a joint funding competition under the EUREKA framework. This will support collaborative, business led research and development (R&D) projects  with UK project total eligible costs between £200,000 and £250,000 and lasting up to 24 months. Projects must be innovative, involve a technological risk and target large global markets. Proposals from any technological or market area are eligible but must demonstarte a clear game-changing and/or disruptive innovative idea leading to new products, processes or services.

To be eligible for funding your collaboration must:

  • be led by a UK business of any size
  • include at least one business in the UK and at least one in Israel

The call is open until the 27th February 2019 and for more information please visit the Innovation Funding Service.

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