New business incubators will help space industry grow
by Staff Writers
London, UK (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
The UK Space Agency has announced 200,000 pounds of funding for 4 new business incubators to boost the number of start-up companies in the space sector across the UK.
The incubators, in Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Leicestershire and London, will provide world-class science innovation support for entrepreneurs and small businesses to help grow the UK space industry.
The funding follows the launch of the government's Industrial Strategy, which includes a 50 million pound programme to enable new satellite launch services and low gravity spaceflights from UK spaceports, to boost the economy and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
UK Space Agency Chief Executive, Dr Graham Turnock, who made the announcement at the STFC RAL Space Appleton Space Conference in Oxfordshire, said:
"The funding for these new business incubators will see the excellent network of support we have in the UK expand and provide further opportunities for exciting start-ups in the space sector, with 15 incubators working across 22 locations.
"The Industrial Strategy underlined the government's commitment to make Britain the best place to start and grow a business, withprosperous communities across the UK. Supporting new businesses across the UK is central to reaching our ambition of capturing 10% of the global space market by 2030 and I am sure these new incubators will have a fantastic impact."
The funding will see 50,000 pounds go to Oxford Innovation, for two new incubators in Fareham and Bordon in Hampshire, 50,000 pounds for Seraphim to establish a space accelerator in London and 50,000 pounds for the Satellite Applications Catapult at Harwell to establish a space incubator at Westcott, Buckinghamshire. The University of Leicester will receive 50,000 pounds to establish a graduate pre-incubator to help students develop entrepreneurial ideas.
The space sector is a UK success story, underpinning industries worth more than 250 billion pounds to the UK economy. Last week Business Secretary Greg Clark launched the Industrial Strategy, which sets out a long-term vision for how Britain can build on its economic strengths, address its productivity performance, embrace technological change and support businesses and workers.
A key policy includes driving over 20 billion pounds of investment in innovative and high potential businesses, including through establishing a new 2.5bn pound Investment Fund, incubated in the British Business Bank.
The 50 million pound space programme builds on the 99 million pounds already invested in the National Satellite Test Facility run by STFC RAL Space at Harwell, which was recommended by the UK Space Facilities Review, a report commissioned by the UK Space Agency to look at ways to help grow the UK space industry.
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