October Satuccino



Satellite Applications Catapult
Fermi Avenue
OX11 0QR


03/10/2018 - 2:30 pm


03/10/2018 - 4:00 pm

Catapult Updates

Catapult Update 1 – Gemma Wilson, Knowledge Exchange Manager

Closes at 5pm 30 October

The Space Placements in Industry (SPIN) programme provides funding for companies to offer internships to recent graduates or post-grads to work on a specific project. The application process this year has two focusses – Earth Observation and, for the first time, Spaceflight. The funding, from the Agency’s SPIN scheme, is for projects that can be carried out by a recent graduate (graduated in 2017 or 2018) or postgraduate student in a relevant discipline.

Projects must be based in the UK in an organisation active in the specific area which is an SME, university, charity, not-for-profit organisation or government agency; or for Spaceflight related projects ONLY – a large organisation active in the UK. Placements can run over a mutually agreed period, but must be completed no later than 28 February 2019.

Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/funding-available-to-industry-for-work-placements

Catapult Update 2 – Rob Moon, Project Manager

DISC is the Disruptive Innovation for Space Centre and will provide access to equipment and expertise to help UK companies innovate and accelerate the development of new products and services. For further information and to register your interest, please see the link below.


Company Pitches

Company Pitch 1 – Riham Satti, MeVitae 

Riham Satti is a TEDx speaker, multi-award winning business leader, and entrepreneur. Recognised by Forbes as ‘Female Founder Taking the UK by Storm’. Riham’s main interests lie in leveraging technology to unleash human potential and human intelligence. She co-founded MeVitae in 2014, and now involved in several women in tech initiatives; founder of Linkedin’s Women in Tech group and director at TechTonic Women. Riham holds two postgraduate degrees – Clinical Neuroscience from the University of Oxford and a Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering from Imperial College London. Her years of academic research, includes publications in computational neuroscience, and thesis into the modelling and organisation of the human connectome.

Website: www.mevitae.com

TEDx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=34&v=4utLmi9uoNM

Company Pitch 2 – Alastair Graham, Geoger  

Alastair Graham and Andrew Cutts, Hosts of the ‘Scene From Above’ podcast

Twitter Handle: @eoscenefrom

Website: scenefromabove.org

Alastair Graham (@ajggeoger) and Andrew Cutts (@map_andrew) come together to present an informal podcast (@eoscenefrom) looking at the world of modern remote sensing and EO. Fuelled by their passion for all things raster and geospatial, the #scenefromabove podcast aims to be a mix of news, opinion, discussion and interviews. A new episode is released approximately every three weeks, with seasons comprising six episodes. We are always on the lookout for cool stories and interview possibilities regarding the exciting new uses of EO today, so stay in touch and join the conversation through Twitter.

Company Pitch 3 – Mark Bradford, WW Strategic Alliances Director, SES Networks 

SES Networks are building a collaborative partner network and are looking to make new connections and recruit a wide array of partners, both old and new to support innovation and growth, and deliver the best outcomes and experiences to our customers. They wanted to pitch the partner program to the attendees in the hope we could support some of the entities in the room to innovate and scale.

Some of our case studies can be found at: https://www.ses.com/networks/case-studies

One potential topic is the goal of expanding Cloud Computing:

SES Networks is enabling high-performance, fibre-like connectivity to customers globally. SES Networks is using satellite-based connectivity to deliver an improved digital experience in customer segments such as governments, global telecommunications, maritime, aerospace, energy and other markets with remote or mobile end points. With cloud adoption increasing worldwide, SES Networks is collaborating with many partners to help ensure that applications and solutions can be deployed on the Cloud to markets that currently have limited connectivity due to unreliable or non-existent terrestrial networks. SES Networks’ O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite network delivers improved resilience and always-on managed connectivity services to Cloud customers.  In this area we’d be keen to speak to any companies interested in innovating new services together.

Website: https://www.ses.com/networks/ses-partner-programme

Cluster Pitches

Cluster Pitch 1 – Tong Gu, Accelerated digital ventures  

I am Tong, an investor at ADV. We are a £150m patient capital VC backed by British Business Bank, Legal & General and Woodford Investment. We invest in UK tech companies at seed to Series A stage and can follow our money through venture and growth rounds. We are looking for vision led founders who are building generation defining businesses.

Website: https://accelerated.ventures/

Cluster Pitch 2 – 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.  She will be available for scheduled 30-minute sessions at our Meet the Expert sessions at the November Satuccino.  If you would like to book a meeting, please contact marketing@sa.catapult.org.uk

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.

Victoria will also be delivering a workshop at the November Satuccino explaining the process of bidding into the Business Application funding stream at ESA.  It will cover, the process, timelines, how to approach your APQ and what support is available to you.

Cluster Pitch 3 – Carol Sunderland, Innovate UK  

An update on current and sector related funding opportunities from Innovate UK

Open Competition Rounds (for any subject area)

  • grant funding option – competitive but worth entering if there is a strong proposition
  • loans option – aimed at late stage developments and scale ups

These competitions are running now and until mid-November.

Scope-specific Competitions

  • in the themes of Digital Health and Agritech from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF)
  • funded by specific government departments including DFID
  • related to the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)
  • related to the UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme

For further details, please see the Innovate UK website https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/search

November Satuccino

You can register for next month’s Satuccino by clicking here.

We will be hosting a Satuccino: Extra Shot in November. Please join us at the NETPark Incubator, you can register by clicking 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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