In addition to the Satellite Applications Catapult, which manages the UK leg of the ESNC, the following organisations are sponsors:
The UK Space Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and at the heart of UK efforts to explore space, exploit space-based applications and technology, and support academic and industrial communities.
Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. Its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. As well as investing in programmes and projects, much of its work is in spreading knowledge, understanding policy, spotting opportunities and bringing people together to solve problems or make new advances.
Airbus Defence and Space is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises.
Ashby House is a management consultancy providing business growth advice. Its two key sectors are, in the case of businesses with a turnover greater than £5m pa, addressed directly or, for businesses smaller than that, via one of the public sector agencies.
The ESA Business Incubation Centre in Harwell supports entrepreneurs and high-tech start-up companies to transfer space technologies, applications and services into viable non-space businesses. It provides access to business support and facilities that enable high-tech SMEs and entrepreneurs to develop space technologies into successful non-space businesses. It is one of seven such partnerships ESA has in place across Europe.
Marks & Clerk LLP is a well-established intellectual property firm with over 125 years’ experience, advising clients in protecting patents, trademarks, designs and copyright. The group includes Marks & Clerk Solicitors LLP, one of the UK’s leading intellectual property firms, and Marks & Clerk Consulting LLP. The group’s strong international presence is represented by offices in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.
The University of Nottingham is one of the world’s best universities, distinguished for its commitment to learning and world-class research. It has 43,000 students, is one of the world’s greenest universities (winning the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’). and is ranked in the Top
75 of the QS World University Rankings.