July Satuccino



Satellite Applications Catapult
Electron Building
Fermi Avenue
Harwell Campus
OX11 0QR


06/07/2016 - 2:30 pm


06/07/2016 - 4:00 pm


Thank you to those who attended the July Satuccino. We had a fantastic turnout with such a great mix of organisations attending and enjoying the sunshine!

If you were unable to attend or would like a recap on the pitches from this month please see below.

Catapult Updates

  • Chilean Workshop – We are hosting an event on 15 September to Explore Opportunities in Chile. This event aims to provide UK-based Space companies, of all sizes, with the information they might need to explore Chile as a potential market for export. For more information click here.
  • Energy Opportunity Update – We have started co-operation with the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC). The EIC was launched in 2008 to accelerate the development and deployment of innovation among the transmission and distribution network operators that power our homes and businesses. EIC supports the innovation ambition of industry partners from the gas, electricity and renewables sectors by helping them to discover clever technologies and ideas that meet their challenges.We have had a couple of meetings with representatives of distribution network operators (DNOs) and gas distribution networks (GDNs). The meetings focused on practical applications of satellite technology and its benefits to infrastructure monitoring. We have also started introducing SMEs to the EIC and plan to organise a workshop on EIC’s challenges.
  • Spin Up Factory – Click here to find out more about the Spin Up factory.
  • ESNC Competition Update – It is the last week to enter the ESNC, the innovation competition looking for business ideas that apply satellite navigation, positioning and timing technology.  The winner of the UK region will receive £5,000 and business support to accelerate the development of their idea.  The winning idea will be put forward to compete with all other regional winners with the potential to win an additional 10,000 Euros.  Apply online at www.esnc.eu – it’s a simple form to complete and should take just a couple of hours – it could be the best 2 hours you spend this year.  Closing date is 08:00, Monday 11 July.
  • Copernicus Masters Update – The European Commission has launched a business mentoring programme to fast-track ideas entered into the Copernicus Masters Earth observation competition.  In 2016, finalists from each of the seven Copernicus Challenges will be reviewed by an international panel and up to 40 will be invited to join the Copernicus Accelerator.  Through the programme, participants will receive support from experienced mentors and work with them to advance their ideas.  Participants will be able to determine the focus of this coaching whether it’s creating a business plan, getting investor-ready or accessing support to acquire new customers.  The programme will last between six and eight months and will kick-off with a boot camp as part of the Copernicus Masters Awards Ceremony from 24-26 October in Madrid, to which entrants will be supported to attend.  The Copernicus Masters competition is open until 18 July.  Entry is via a simple online form at www.copernicus-masters.com.
  • SpaceCom – The Catapult is taking part in SpaceCom, Houston for the second year. The event runs from 15-17 November and is expecting to attract over 2,500 delegates from an international audience. This year’s conference focuses on ‘Space Applications Fuelling Business Innovation’. The organisers are giving UK SMEs the opportunity to share a case study or give a short presentation in one of their downstream workshops, focusing on Energy, Maritime, Advanced Manufacturing, Agribusiness or Medical.If you are interested in attending, joining the Catapult stand, or would like to take a speaking opportunity, please contact marketing@sa.catapult.org.uk asap. It could be the beginning of new international business opportunities.

Company Updates

Other Updates

  • Jane Ford, UKspace – The Catapult, UKspace and Lockheed Martin will be running a joint Space Applications and Technology Industry Day on 21 September. Click here for more info.
  • Tim Just, Innovate UK

Competitions – Heni Sanislova

Competition 1 – The CivTech® pilot offers an unprecedented opportunity to engage with the public sector in a meaningful, effective and productive way by solving a Challenge, building a product, and developing a relationship with a major public sector organisation. It’s a chance to build a business, and do some good along the way. Backed by the Scottish Government, it’s going to provide an unprecedented route for entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and other businesses to develop the benefits of digital transformation in the public sector.

The Challenges you find have been set by public sector organisations and are the ones that you can apply to solve within the CivTech® pilot.

Challenge 1: How can we help improve air quality in urban areas?
Challenge 2: How can we make our flood forecasting information better used by a wider audience?
Challenge 3: How can we get health and social care data and analysis to the widest possible audience?
Challenge 4: How can we make our data publications more accessible and appealing?
Challenge 5: How can we promote the tourist destinations along the A9?
Challenge 6: How can we use technology to design smart roads?

For further information and to apply click here.

Competition 2 – Funding competition: innovation in infrastructure systems
Businesses can apply for a share of up to £15 million to develop innovative solutions to challenges in the infrastructure systems sector. The aim of this competition is to encourage the development of business-led innovative solutions that will help provide:

• affordable, sustainable and secure energy
• connected transport
• urban living
• integrated infrastructure and resilience of infrastructure to environmental and social pressures

Click here to find out more.

Next Satuccino

We will be taking a break over August, and so the next Satuccino will be held at 14:30pm on Wednesday 7 September. We look forward to seeing you there!


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