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The Space Commercialisation Engine Launch

13 October 2021

In celebration of our new Catapult presence at Space Park Leicester, we’re delighted to invite you to our first-ever event, taking place on Wednesday 13th October 2021.

The event taking place in a hybrid format will allow attendees, in-person and virtually, to see the opportunities and value of our business support programme.

As well as giving you the chance to meet the Satellite Applications Catapult team based at Space Park Leicester, it will be an opportunity to find out more about our exciting new business support programme, the ‘Space Commercialisation Engine’. The Space Commercialisation Engine provides a dedicated blend of design and business capability, with access to Earth Observation data and expertise, to grow your business and make a difference.

During the event, which will take place between 10 am to 1 pm, you will also hear about the latest developments from within the East Midlands’ growing space cluster as well as meeting representatives from some fantastic space-focused organisations.


9:00 am Registration, tea & coffee

10:00 am Welcome, Stuart Martin, CEO, Satellite Applications Catapult

10:05 am An Introduction to the University of Leicester, Professor Nishan Canagarajah,
President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Leicester

10.10 am Keynote speaker, Will Hutton, political economist, author and columnist.

Will is one of the leading economics commentators in the UK. In a long and distinguished career, he
has been Economics Editor of Newsnight and Economics Editor at The Guardian, Editor-in-Chief of The
Observer and Chief Executive of The Work Foundation. Will was Principle of Hertford College for nine years until August 2020. Will is currently an Associate with the London School of Economics
Centre for Economic Performance, a non-executive director of the Satellite Applications Catapult,
co-chair of the Purposeful Company, an associate of the Oxford Martin School, and writes a regular column for The Observer.

10:40 am The Space Commercialisation Engine, Nick Trigg, Business Innovation Manager,
Satellite Applications Catapult

10:55 am An Introduction to Space Park Leicester, Professor Richard Ambrosi, incoming Executive Director, Space Park Leicester

11.00 am BREAK

11:15 am The Business of Earth Observation Panel Session (Moderated by Will Hutton)

• Charlie Candy, Chief Revenue Officer, Planet
• Mariam Crichton, Group Managing Director, 4 Earth Intelligence
• Dave Fox/Fiona Cocks, Geospatial Insight
• Adina Gillespie, Director European Business Development, GHG Sat
• John Remedios, Director, National Centre for Earth Observation

12:00 pm Growing the Space Ecosystem, Colin Baldwin, UK Space Agency

12:10 pm Summary & close, Nafeesa Dajda, Head of Regional Growth, Satellite Applications

12:15 pm Lunch & Networking (Optional tour of the Space Park facility)

Satellite Applications Catapult
+44 (0)1235 567999
We help organisations make use of, and benefit from, satellite technologies, and bring together multi-disciplinary teams to generate ideas and solutions in an open innovation environment.

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