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July Summer BBQ Satuccino

Thank you to everyone who joined us in the sunshine for our annual Summer BBQ. All the updates from the event can be found below:

Good news stories

Congratulations to Oxford Space Systems who have secured £6.7 million in funding.

Oxford Space Systems (OSS) has secured £6.7 million in funding from a syndicate of investors including IQ Capital, Longwall Ventures, Foresight Williams, OTIF, Midven and Wren. The current round, led by Longwall Ventures, brings the total amount raised in external funding to £10m since OSS’ launch in late 2013.

The lead of our East Midlands Centre of Excellence, Prof Roland Leigh and his Company Earthsense, have Joined in a Project to Reduce Air Pollution in Oxfordshire. 

EarthSense, the air quality specialist, is working with Oxfordshire County Council and Tantalum (connected vehicle company) to measure the impact of road traffic on air quality, They are fitting these vehicles with their Zephyre air quality measuring sensors to get real-time data of vehicles emissions and local air quality in Oxford.


VentureFest Oxford, 12 September

Harwell campus is taking a stand at Venturefest Oxford on 12th September at Oxford Brookes. There will be space for about 15 Harwell Campus companies to have a pop-up banner and small table top display. If you would like to be one of those companies, please complete the application form by Friday 27th July and send to Natasha Nicholson (Natasha.Nicholson@stfc.ac.uk). Successful applicants will be informed before 10th August.

Venturefest also offers the opportunity to apply to pitch to a range of investors, support organisations and skilled individuals. Please follow the link below for more information and the application form. https://venturefestoxford.com/venturefest-2018/pitching-for-success/

South East International Business Growth (SEIBG) Programme 

The Department for International Trade (DIT) South East are now able to offer a range of new subsidised activities that will provide small and medium sized businesses with additional specialist support to help them reach their full international sales potential.

Delivered by experts in international trade, the SEIBG programme is designed to meet the individual needs of each business. It includes up to 12 hours of free coaching and development from our specialist Trade Advisers, combined with UK events and partially funded overseas activity, all geared to building and sustaining your international sales growth.

For more information, see the attached flyer here.

The European Satellite Navigation Competition is open for entries to the 31 July 2018.  

The competition looks for innovative applications in the use of satellite positioning, navigation and timing technology.  The winner of the UK region will receive £5,000 and a tailored business support package. All winners are supported to attend the International Award Ceremony on 4th December in France.  To enter, complete the online application form at www.esnc.eu.  If you have any questions or need support with your application please let us know.

KTN/Satellite Finance Network surgeries – 24th July and 21st August

The Satellite Finance Network is running full-day surgeries at the KTN in the Design Centre in Islington. the next two dates are 24th July and 21st August. Get in touch Joanne Wheeler to book a place  joanne.wheeler@satellitefinancenetwork.org.

Hanger 51 opportunity with L-Marks and IAG.

The 10-week program will give start-ups the opportunity to trial their products at scale with real customers and work closely with IAG senior management team and experts across the Group.  Closing Date is 5th August. For more information please go onto the website https://www.hangar51.com/

Join the Satellite Applications Catapult SME Forum!

This group can be used to discuss opportunities, activities and challenges posed in the community.

The Satellite Applications Catapult uses this group to communicate with SMEs to seek input in shaping and encourage engagement with its activities. We actively encourage you to exploit this area to discuss industry news, developments and areas where the Catapult can aid your growth. Join our group now! https://www.linkedin.com/groups/6542993

Catapult Updates

Catapult Update 1 – John Vesey, Business Development Lead

The UK Space Agency has today announced that it is allocating up to £4 million to find hi-tech solutions to the major health and care challenges facing the NHS in its 70th anniversary year in a joint initiative with NHS England.

These challenges, outlined by NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens in his speech to the NHS Confederation conference earlier this month, are:

  • Managing long term conditions including joining up health and care services
  • Earlier diagnosis of cancer
  • Transforming GP services and other primary care
  • Meeting mental health needs

Innovators will bid for money to turn technology originally designed for space, from exploration to satellite communications, into medical applications that improve NHS treatment and care.

Up to four applications will receive UK Space Agency funding to develop their ideas along with support and advice from the body, NHS England and the European Space Agency.

Previous examples of space tech being adapted for NHS use include a pill camera that can be swallowed by patients, dementia tracking slippers, breast screening vans that beam images back to assessment centres, wearable monitors to help prevent falls among the elderly and apps that help prevent skin cancer.

For more details of how to get involved in this initiative, please contact emily.gravestock@ukspaceagency.gov.uk.

Catapult Update 2 – Mark Jarman

For any more information above the below opportunities feel free to contact the EO team: info@sa.catapult.org.uk

  • RSPSoc Business Innovation Award

The Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society is delighted to announce a new award to be presented each year at the societies’ Annual Conference focused around the commercial exploitation of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry. Entitled the ‘Business Innovation Award’, the award has been created to recognize the leading technologies, products and services the societies’ corporate company and individual members are delivering to user across different market sectors.

Nominations should be sent by email to the Society’s office in Nottingham (rspsoc@nottingham.ac.uk) and must be received no later than 27th July 2018.

  • UK National Earth Observation Conference – Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsors and exhibitors are being sought for the UK National Earth Observation Conference, the main UK event in Earth Observation and photogrammetry. The 2018 Conference will bring together the UK community from across research, Government and industry to discuss how EO research, technological innovation, products and services will impact upon wider society. The UK National Earth Observation Conference 2018 is being organised by the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc), NERC National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) and the Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation (CEOI), 3 of the leading UK entities in the fields of remote sensing, Earth observation and photogrammetry. Supported by a network of partners including the UK Space Agency, Satellite Applications Catapult, BARSC, UKSpace, ESA, NERC and DEFRA, the organisers are well placed to bring together the scientific, technological and business communities to deliver a premier National conference focused around Earth Observation into the Future. The conference will be held from the 4th-7th September 2018 at the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus, UK.

More information on the conference: https://www.nceo.ac.uk/article/national-earth-observation-conference-2018/

  • Colombian Cocoa Newton Fund Project Opportunity

The Colombian Cocoa control system project (COLCO) will bring together leading UK and Colombian entities to address the Colombian cocoa sector’s need for increased quality and volume in cocoa production. This is essential to meeting the Colombian Ministry vision for Colombia to be leaders in the production and sale of cocoa and its derivatives in the region, and vital in supporting Colombia’s push for sustainable local socioeconomic development, especially in post-conflict regions.

We will be looking to sub-contract UK partners with experiences of different technologies (e.g. IoT, EO, and manufacturing technology) and data management tools to deliver a number of components of the project. These opportunities will be announced in late August/ Early September.

Catapult Update 3 – Florian Deconinck, Small Satellite Programme Manager

The In-Orbit Demonstration Programme provides missions for business to trial services. Support by Innovate UK, the first 4 missions make use of 4 x AAC-Clyde buses and launch deployment from Nanoracks. The programme works as an open call with quarterly selection gates. The first mission will be delivered with Orbital Micro System to provide a prototype for weather forecast data collection.

The Catapult and UKSA have agree to expand that programme by providing a 6U mission delivered by Open Cosmos. The announcement was done 14th June with the deadline for entities to register their interest Friday 20th July.

More information available on our website: https://sa.catapult.org.uk/our-opportunities/opportunities/iod-mission-6/

Catapult Update 4 – Tom Jones, Earth Observation Specialist

Satellite Applications Catapult (Catapult) is partnering with ESA, Oxford University and Nvidia to enable the inaugural Frontier Development Lab (FDL) Europe that is to be hosted across the recently created ?-Lab in ESRIN and Oxford University’s Kellogg College.

The FDL is an artificial intelligence research accelerator established to maximise new AI technologies and capacities emerging in academia and the private sector and apply them to challenges in the space sciences. Across an 8-week intensive programme the brightest minds in AI shall collaboratively focus their attention upon solving key challenges in the space sector.

Typically an ‘outward looking’ programme, this year’s European Lab is looking explicitly at Earth Observation challenges; Mission Control for Spaceship Earth and particularly AI for EO.

FDL 2018 Brochure and summary of previous outcomes can be viewed by clicking here.

For more information contact Tom.Jones@sa.catapult.org.uk

Company pitches

Company Pitch 1 – Crona Hodges, Director, Geo Smart Decisions

Crona has been running Geo Smart Decisions since 2011. She is from a background in environmental science and her PhD looked at bridging the gap between the requirements of vegetation and habitat mapping and the potential for remote sensing to complement and add to the outputs from traditional mapping techniques.

Geo Smart Decisions has continued along this track working with environmental consultancies looking to Earth Observation for solutions in mapping and monitoring of natural vegetation. Crona’s spell in the private sector between research and setting up the business, provided her with international experience of the environmental planning sector and consequently many of Geo Smart Decisions projects source process and analyse imagery for large infrastructure projects in both Africa and the Middle East.

Since going fulltime at the end of 2016, the company has experienced organic growth and developed the company portfolio working with public and private sector clients and more recently with projects in the third sector. The common thread between GSDs projects is the use of spatial and Earth Observation data to better understand and make decisions that affect the natural environment, both present day and from a historic perspective as well as going forward in the context of monitoring and impact assessments.

Geo Smart Decisions website – http://geosmartdecisions.co.uk/

Company Pitch 2 – Natalia Efremova, CTO, Deep Planet

Deep Planet is building a multi-purpose machine learning (ML) platform that leverages satellite imagery and other geospatial data sources to provide actionable insights for customers. We use historic satellite imagery, combined with on-land data and current economic trends to train advanced ML models in order to predict plant stress and future yields. Based on these predictions we provide recommendations to customers to help them improve returns and reduce costs.

Deep Planet aims to disrupt the precision agriculture (PA) market by selling forecasting and monitoring analytics such as identification of early signs of crop and water stress, improving crop yields and reducing fertilizer, pesticide and water usage.

Deep Planet’s value proposition is that it is at least 4 times cheaper, faster and more scalable than current methodologies used by farmers and businesses to monitor crops and can effectively substitute manual labour, moisture sensors, drones etc.

Deep Planet’s customers include small, medium and large sized growers, agronomists, insurers, commodity traders, enterprises and governments.

Our capabilities today:

  • Detecting vineyards from satellite imagery
  • Crop stress, water stress and soil moisture prediction
  • Additional techniques we use: super resolution, cloud removal etc.

Deep Planet website – http://deepplanet.ai/

Company Pitch 3 – Will Hillman, Geospatial Intelligence Officer, Geollect

Geollect Limited is a geospatial-intelligence start-up that delivers timely and actionable intelligence utilizing innovative techniques within image analytics, location analytics, data mining and data science to provide dynamic risk assessments. Geollect provides both regional and global ranges of intelligence through our innovative automation techniques that combine imagery insights with georeferenced and time referenced data that provide considerable cost savings, increase efficiency and accuracy and provide an improve decision management tool.

Our applications span a wide range, however we primarily focus in the blue economy; providing decisive advantages to insurance professionals in loss prevention, underwriting, claims handling and claims adjusting.

Geollect Website: http://www.geollect.com/

Cluster Pitches

Cluster pitch 1 – Catherine Capone, Programme Manager, Royal Academy of Engineering

The SME Leaders Programme at the Royal Academy of Engineering supports promising leaders of high-growth engineering SMEs to develop their skills and team, to better enable them to reach their growth targets. The Academy encourages the pursuit and growth of excellence in engineering, equipping C-suite staff with the skills necessary for lasting impact. The awards provide:

  • A £10,000 grant to fund your choice of leadership training courses
  • 6 months of one-to-one coaching
  • Masterclasses and workshops delivered by senior business leaders
  • Provision of an experienced personal mentor
  • Access to our drop-in workspace in central London

he deadline for applications is 13 August 2018. We open applications for the programme every six months. For any questions please email Catherine.capone@raeng.org.uk

More information also available on the website: https://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/support-for-entrepreneurs/sme-leaders-programme

Cluster pitch 2 – Catherine Holt Horizon 2020 UK National Contact Point for Space

  • Open grant funding competition: round 2, £20 million, open 12th July

Applications welcome for projects that offer cutting-edge or disruptive ideas or concepts with a view to commercialisation. All proposals must be business focused and can be in any area of technology, science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy.

Website link: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/188/overview

  • EUREKA Eurostars 2: round 10, £2.5 million, open 2nd July

Eurostars supports SMEs in leading international collaborative research and innovation projects by helping them get access to guidance and funding. A Eurostars project must develop a new product, process or service and be led by a research-performing SME. Projects can be up to €360,000 funding for each UK project partner or 60% of eligible project costs, whichever is the least and can last up to 36 months.

Website link: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/75/overview

  • Business Basics: boosting SME productivity, trial and proof of concept, £2 million, open 26th June

The Business Basics Programme aims to test innovative ways of encouraging SMEs to adopt existing technologies and business practices that boost productivity. Proposal should relate to actions that SMEs can take to become more productive by either adopting existing technology and/or adopting modern business practices.

Website link: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/192/overview

Cluster pitch 3 – Conor O’Sullivan, Investment Manager, Seraphim Capital

Conor is Investment Manager at Seraphim Capital responsible for engaging early stage space start-ups looking for funding. Seraphim is the world’s first and largest venture fund dedicated to investing in space and drone technology businesses. Seraphim has recently launched it’s own accelerator, Seraphim Space Camp (www.spacecamp.vc), that will be running it’s 2nd cohort of 6 companies in Sept/Oct 2018.

Companies are welcome to apply to the Accelerator by stating their interest and sending a pitch deck to conor@seraphimcapital.com

Seraphim Capital website: http://seraphimcapital.co.uk/

Cluster pitch 4 – Ling Xu – Innovations Programme Manager – STFC

Innovation Through Insight –Boost your productivity through STFC’s Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme

The Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) has launched the Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme to assist industry in improving productivity. This Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) programme is designed to help companies overcome difficult manufacturing or process performance issues by utilising STFC’s cutting-edge large-scale science facilities.

Through STFC’s Bridging for Innovators programme, you will be able to access unique laboratories and engage with world class researchers. Working closely with these scientists you will develop projects that will address your specific challenge and help you make a step-change to your business.

Apply for funding today: https://stfc.ukri.org/

Cluster pitch 4 –Sue O’Hare – ESA BIC Harwell Operations Manager

Question: what has so far supported 67 space-related start-ups, including 1/3 of the companies in the Harwell Space Cluster? Answer: the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) at Harwell, managed by the Science & Technology Facilities Council. We are one of 20 ESA BICs across Europe delivering a comprehensive programme of support, including grant funding to accelerate progress towards market, technical and business support, office space, and access to all the fantastic opportunities for networking and collaboration at Harwell. Our latest companies are Deep Planet who are pitching today, and Thrive Multi Visual who are using rovers, AI and smart sensors to improve welfare in livestock farming.

Our exciting news, announced today, is that we are now the ESA BIC UK. The same programme, delivered across all three of STFC’s campuses: Harwell, Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire and the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. To join us look at our website www.esa-bic.org.uk  or contact Sue O’Hare (sue.ohare@stfc.ac.uk ).

Cluster Pitch 5 – Jane Ford, Communications Manager, UK Space

  • 2018 Size and Health of the UK Space Industry survey

The UK Space Agency (UKSA) have recently launched the 2018 Size and Health of the UK Space Industry survey. The UKSA runs this survey every 2 years and it is really important that you take part and contribute as your responses will help to guide government policy and funding decisions, as highlighted by the Chief Executive of the UKSA (see here). You may have seen the 2016 Size and Health of the UK Space Industry report (availablehere). These decisions have an impact on organisations such as yours, so your participation is important.

London Economics have been selected once again to carry out the survey on behalf of the UKSA and they have asked me to contact you directly to ask for your support. This evidence will be used to track the growth of the industry, identify any limiting constraints, and to make the best possible case for funding. If you are only able to provide partial or approximate information, that would still be useful. All information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence, and only aggregate anonymised information will be published.

If you have any queries about the survey please contact Greg Sadlier at London Economics (020 3701 7707, gsadlier@londoneconomics.co.uk) or Alex Leudar at the UK Space Agency (0207 215 6919, alex.leudar@ukspaceagency.gov.uk ).

Please complete the survey here: http://surveys.londoneconomics.co.uk/s/SpaceSurvey2018/

  • SME Future Supply Chain 20 September

UKspace together with ADS Scotland and Airbus are planning a SME Future Supply Chain day in Scotland in September, 20th September. More info to be announced soon, keep an eye on the UKspace website: https://www.ukspace.org/events/

September’s Satuccino

We will be having our summer holiday next month so we will come together again in September. You can register now here.

More Information

If you would like to know more about Satuccino, or to get in touch regarding Business Support at the Catapult, please email us at marketing@sa.catapult.org.uk or call us on 01235 567999.

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