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Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation 2018 events

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is looking for women who are rising stars in business innovation. Applicants must be confident, with the support of an award, that they can make a significant contribution to one of the Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges:

  • Artificial intelligence and data.
  • Ageing society.
  • Clean growth.
  • Future of mobility.

Innovate UK are offering 8 Women in Innovation Awards. The winners will receive a £50,000 grant and a bespoke package of mentoring, coaching and business support.

For more information, please click here.

In addition to the Women in Innovation funding competition, Innovate UK are also running four regional “Building success” events to give practical advice to women innovators, along with keynote speeches, panel discussions and lots of networking.

  • Cardiff – 5 November 2018
  • Glasgow – 28 November 2018
  • London – 6 February 2019
  • Belfast – 5 March 2019

To register please click here.

University of Oxford Space Industry Day

Date: 27 September, Venue – Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, University of Oxford.

The purpose of the day is to:

  • Showcase Oxford University research and innovation of relevance to the space sector
  • Enable Oxford University researchers to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by the space sector
  • Collaborate with partners such as ESA, RAL Space and the Satellite Applications Catapult in showcasing our joint capabilities
  • Enable potential collaborations between Oxford University researchers and the space sector to be initiated

To register for the event please click here.

Defence and Security Accelerator

DASA have launched a lot of competitions recently, but please see below relevant opportunities for the Space and Satellite Network:

  1. The Invisible Battlespace – help solve how UK Defence could take a radically different approach to conducting operations across or within the increasingly congested and contested electromagnetic environment. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-competition-the-invisible-battlespace
  2. Metasurfaces for defence and security – novel and innovative technologies and approaches that translate recent breakthroughs in metasurface science into practical demonstrational products. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/competition-summary-metasurfaces-for-defence-and-security/competition-document-metasurfaces-for-defence-and-security
  3. Biosensing across wide areas – rapidly detecting and locating hazardous biological agents deposited in the field. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-competition-biosensing-across-wide-areas

Innovate UK KTN Events

Enabling New Space Conference – 19 October

The Enabling New Space conference will explore new developments and remaining obstacles to enabling a space and business revolution. New Space is seeing technologies enabling new business models, and transitions from being overwhelmingly publicly funded to private, and from principally serving public customers to private ones.

Click here for more information.

H2020 Space: Information and Consortia Building Event 2018

Briefing on Horizon 2020 European Funding: information and brokerage, consortia building and proposal development for the next Horizon 2020 funding calls. Innovate UK, Knowledge Transfer Network and the UK Space Agency are hosting the Horizon 2020 Space event which is aimed at supporting collaboration across the UK and Europe.

Click here for more information.

Innovate UK Funding Calls

Digital Health Technology Catalyst 

The Digital Health Technology Catalyst (DHTC) is a £35 million fund, being run over 4 years. It is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

The DHTC is a core element of the government’s plans to implement the Accelerated Access Review (AAR). It aims to address some of the challenges that the review identified around the development of digital health innovations, and to help grow the digital health sector. Two funding calls to note are:

  1. Digital health technology catalyst round 3: collaborative R&D: UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million to speed up development of commercial digital health solutions. Click here for more information
  2. Digital health technology catalyst round 3: feasibility studies: UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million to speed up development of commercial digital health solutions. Click here for more information

Agri-tech Catalyst Round 7: Agriculture and Food Systems Innovation

There is up to £3 million of funding available from the Department for International Development (DFID) for early-stage feasibility studies, mid stage industrial research and late-stage experimental development. Projects must work on agri-tech and food chain innovations with partners in eligible African countries. 

Productive and Sustainable Crop and Ruminant Agricultural Systems

UK Research and Innovation, through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, will invest up to £20 million in innovation projects. These must improve productivity and sustainability by developing enhanced decisions support, precision agriculture technology solutions and systems for crop and ruminant agriculture. 

Projects can include: 

  • combining digital technologies and engineering solutions with biological, environmental and/or social science
  • developing technologies and solutions that connect farms and supply chains
  • transferring technology from another sector into agriculture, providing this requires innovation

Speaker Updates

Gemma Ball, Public Transport and Infrastructure Lead – Intelligent Transport

BAE Systems will work with SMEs on the day to develop ideas to solve problems in 8 “challenge areas”. These topics will be drawn from both customer requirements and technology exploitation opportunities and may include:

  • Microwave Hardware
  • Tracking, Telemetry and Command Innovations
  • Complex Antennas
  • Remote Sensing
  • Security
  • Radiation Hardened Components
  • Power Generation
  • MOD led challenge (to be confirmed)

Attendees can submit their ideas throughout the course of the day, and BAE Systems will review each in terms of the technology, route to exploitation and customer appetite. BAE Systems will look to take promising ideas forward, working with the SME to help them develop and exploit their ideas and gain access to the larger customers.

The event is on the 23 October and there will be a webinar briefing on the 18 September. You can register for the event here.

Katie Miller – Business Development Executive, Skyrora Ltd

Skyrora Ltd is a new space launch company, based in Edinburgh. Skyrora are currently involved in the development of an all new, holistically designed launch vehicle and service. This is targeted at the burgeoning small satellite market.?A number of logistical and design approaches are expected to give Skyrora and their XL launch vehicle a market leading balance of cost and responsiveness. A key factor in achieving this is in the use of Hydrogen Peroxide as a, versatile, storable, self pumping, and self igniting oxidiser. This brings significant design and operational virtues in combination with kerosene. Cost-effectiveness will be further enhanced through the application of additive manufacturing, advanced forming techniques, and design-for-manufacture.

Skyrora’s operational vehicles will compose the Skyrora 1 sub-orbital launch vehicle and the Skyrora XL orbital launch vehicle. Skyrora 1 is a single stage vehicle, designed to conduct scientific experiments providing quick access to space in a cost-effective manner. Carrying 100-150kg of payload to approximately 100km, providing a microgravity environment for up to 4 minutes. Skyrora XL is a three stage launch vehicle dedicated to injecting 100-350kg payloads into sun-synchronous orbit, polar orbit and low-support orbit with altitude ranges from 200km up to 1000km.

Lucy Kennedy, CEO, Spottitt Ltd

Spottitt is a Harwell based start-up which was spun out from a successful European Space Agency Business Applications demonstration project. Spottitt’s CEO Lucy Kennedy is passionate about the potential for Earth Observation data and analytics to positively impact numerous sectors and the importance of making satellite imagery and analytics accessible and affordable.

Spottitt’s USP is the provision of fully automated, self-service satellite analytics for the energy, environment and infrastructure sectors. To our clients self-service means that in a few clicks via the Spottitt geoportal they can search and access open source and commercial satellite imagery/date and go on the conduct complex analytics. Spottitt is time and cost efficient.

Spottitt updates include:

  • Credit card payment and pay as you go subscription now live
  • 15% – 25% discount of annual subscription sin September
  • Spottitt’s services featured on Veracity www.veracity.com, DNV-GL’s new global market place for data and analytics launching 6 Sept.

As Spottitt transitions from a technical project to a commercial organization we are always open to advice, business development support and collaborations.

Spottitt website – www.spottitt.com

Lucys email: lucy.kennedy@spottitt.com

Thrive Multi Visual Limited, Claire Lewis, CEO

Thrive MultiVisual Ltd is developing an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system, with the capability to disrupt the current state of the art and revolutionise chicken production. The AI system is loaded onto an autonomous rover that can (1) rapidly and accurately weigh broiler chickens and (2) combine flock weight information and shed environment information gathered from a wide range of sensors to provide farmers with insights and decision-making information that they can use to improve chicken welfare and performance.

The immediate focus is to develop an AI that can measure and optimise individual bird health, weight and activity.

Data streams will feed into an ‘on-the-go’ user interface to allow farmers to monitor chickens from any location, and connect to shed infrastructure to make adjustments to optimise health, welfare and productivity. The system will also be able to share live data feeds to veterinarians, meat processors, auditors, and other key stakeholders for their use in providing advice, and significantly improve food processor and grocery retailer sourcing and planning.

Thrive’s value proposition is its product offering to farm as a subscription service enhancing its affordability with an ROI of 2:1 for both indoor and outdoor chicken farming systems, with an addressable market of £72m in the UK alone. Thrive is also able to offer a secondary data product through a licencing model to multiple stakeholders; chicken meat processors, grocery retailers, food service businesses, auditors and veterinarians for real-time data.

Thrive is operating across 6 chicken sheds and an associated 300,000 chickens every day, has developed a farmer working group, and is supported by a global leading agriculture supply company, the UK’s largest chicken welfare charity and higher welfare food brand (RSPCA), and a leading UK expert in the poultry industry.


Dr Joanna Hart, Harwell Space Cluster Development Manager

Venturefest Oxford is on 12th September at Oxford Brookes, do sign up for tickets if you haven’t already (venturefestoxford.com). Harwell Campus and Harwell Space Cluster will be represented throughout the event by:

  • TechTonic Breakfast: Lucy Edge, Satellite Applications Catapult COO will be speaking
  • STFC and Harwell Campus Networking Area: over 10 Harwell Campus organisations will be present along with STFC and Harwell Campus
  • Two all-female panel sessions: the morning session on space technology will feature Airbus, Effective Space, Oxford Space Systems and RAL Space, chaired by Joanna Hart, Harwell Space Cluster Development Manager. The afternoon session on space enabled applications will feature Databasix, Huduma, Rhea Technology and Spottitt, chaired by ESA’s Roberta Mugellesi Dow. A great opportunity to highlight the amazing female talent that we have working at Harwell Space Cluster.
  • Closing Panel session: Dr Barbara Ghinelli, UKRI-STFC, Harwell Campus Business Development Director Venturefest Oxford is the latest opportunity to raise the profile of Harwell Space Cluster and the organisations within it, so please do retweet.

Kerry Sanz, Local Group Committee, Women In Aerospace UK Director of Programmes, Neptec UK

Women in Aerospace was set up in the US in 1985 and was extended into Europe in 2009 with the aim of expanding women’s opportunities for leadership and their visibility in the aerospace sector. WIA organisations now exist in Canada, Africa, Mexico and across Europe.

The UK National Group was started at the Reinventing Space conference in 2016 with the aspiration to improve the diversity of the Aerospace sector in the UK through networking and support. To do this we focus on three key areas:

  • Networking
  • Showcasing experts
  • Tackling unconscious Bias

WIA-E UK events are run at least once per month, around the country and online. You can find us on the WIA-E website and see some of our previous events on our YouTube channel. We recently hosted a networking event talking about Unconscious Bias at the Space Applications Catapult and over the next few months we will be hosting a book signing in London by Libby Jackson,  a visit to AstroSat, and celebrating our second year at the Reinventing Space conference.

The organisation is open to everyone. To become a member just join the WIA-E international organisation and you are automatically a member of the UK local group.  http://wia-europe.org/

For more information contact Kerry on her email: KSanz@neptec.com

Henrieta Sanislova, Business Incubation Centre Manager, Westcott Incubation Centre

The Westcott Business Incubation Centre is a new centre based in the Westcott Venture Park, in Buckinghamshire. The Centre is looking to support innovative companies working in the area of rocket propulsion, 5G applications and UAVs. The companies will benefit from specialist business and technical support, access to specialist test facilities and free office space in a shared working area. If you are interested in finding out more, contact the Centre Manager Henrieta Sanislova on henrieta.sanislova@wbic.org.uk  or visit www.wbic.org.uk

On the 2 October we will be celebrating the launch of the Westcott Space Cluster and the official opening of five new space-related facilities on site. If you are interested in joining us, please contact us on westcottevents@westcottspacecluster.org.uk.

Victoria Christmas – ESA Business Applications UK Ambassador Platform Network

The ESA Business Applications UK Ambassador Platform is expanding as a regional network to meet the growing needs of the UK Space Sector. Victoria’s role, working with the network coordinator Ian Downey, is to support your business in its application for funding to the European Space Agency’s Business Applications team.

Explicitly that means Victoria can help analyse and review your business case, provide you with constructive feedback and support the preparation of your Activity Pitch Questionnaire (APQ) and Outline Proposal.

Victoria has worked in bidding across various sectors, including space applications, for over 15 years, so if you would like some advice or guidance, specifically pitching into ESA Business Applications, please contact her. She can also put you in touch with your Regional Ambassador and get you started on discussing your application.


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