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Prize 2016

The regional winner for the UK will receive:

  • £5,000 cash prize to invest in their business idea and £2,000 for the runner-up
  • A business support package to help get your idea off the ground or accelerate your existing product or service
  • Technical support from the UK competition partners
  • An introductory discussion on Intellectual Property with Marks & Clerk, leading patent and trademark attorneys
  • One year's Guest Small Business Membership of the Royal Institute of Navigation and an elevator pitch slot at the International Navigation Conference 2016
  • Access to a series of ESA Business Incubator Centre (BIC) support workshops. These cover topics such as; branding, marketing, sales, accountancy, intellectual property, and HR for small businesses. This can be used to help transform the winning idea into a feasible business plan leading to a full application to the ESA BIC Harwell
  • National PR activity
Each applicant will receive feedback on their idea and will be encouraged to join the growing community of space entrepreneurs in the UK.

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom comprises England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland with a population of around 64 million. The region is a leading contributor to the global space and aerospace industry and the UK space sector is increasingly recognised for its significant contribution to the UK economy. Following sustained growth over the past decade, underpinned by a broad commitment to excellence and innovation, the space sector contributes £11.8bn per year to the UK economy and employs 35,000 people. The UK commands a 7% share of the global space market and has ambitions to increase this to 10% as the global market swells to a predicted value of £400 billion by 2030. The UK provides a supportive and innovative environment for companies to succeed in international markets and there is a growing entrepreneurial space community at the UK Space Gateway in Harwell Oxford with regional growth hubs across the country. As well as 40 space-based start-ups, the Harwell Campus is home to the Satellite Applications Catapult, RAL Space's state-of-the-art test facility and ESA's new European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT).

Regional Organiser
Satellite Applications Catapult

The UK ESNC challenge is managed by the Satellite Applications Catapult with the support of our UK competition partners. The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent, not-for-profit innovation and technology company, created to foster growth across the economy through the exploitation of space. Catapult helps 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. Based in Harwell, near Didcot, the Catapult was established in May 2013 by Innovate UK (the Government's innovation agency) as one of a network of centres to accelerate the take-up of emerging technologies and drive economic growth.

Regional Partners

The University of Nottingham (GRACE)

The University of Nottingham has joined forces with the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) to create a new, world-class centre of excellence in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) with a total investment of GBP 9.2m. The Nottingham Geospatial Building (NGB), the home of the GNSS Research and Applications Centre of Excellence (GRACE) opened its doors on 21 October 2009. GRACE is part of the University of Nottingham's Nottingham Geospatial Institute (NGI), an internationally recognised centre of excellence in surveying, positioning, and navigation technologies. It focuses on helping organisations, businesses, start-ups, and entrepreneurs to take advantage of satellite navigation, positioning, timing, and location-based technologies. We provide business support, consultancy services, training, and testing for the exploitation of new ideas and the creation of new business opportunities. By offering a portal for sharing ideas, engaging with people, and learning about new technologies, GRACE serves as a hub for the GNSS community and beyond.

UK Space Agency

The UK Space Agency is at the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space. It provides funding for a range of programmes via programmes such as the National Space Technology Programme and FP7 and works closely with national and international academic, education and community partners.

Innovate UK

Airbus Defence and Space

Number 1 in Europe and no. 3 worldwide, Airbus employs 15,000 men and women in five countries: France, Germany, the UK, Spain and the Netherlands. 15,000 professionals chosen from among the very best, all passionate about space and driven by the great adventure of our time - bringing the infinite potential of space down to Earth for the benefit of mankind. Guaranteeing Europe's access to space as the established leader in space transportation, satellite systems and services, Airbus has for over 40 years been dedicated to bring you all the space you need - now and in the future. It is a mission which resonates with many of the most prestigious names in space - Ariane, the International Space Station, Envisat, Mars Express, Skynet 5 ... It is a mission with a consistent commitment, to offer our customers the best possible solutions in the market, with unbeatable levels of, quality, cost-efficiency and schedule adherence.

ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Harwell

The ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Harwell supports entrepreneurs and high-tech start-up companies to transfer space technologies, applications and services into viable non-space businesses. The ESA BIC Harwell 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.

The unique combination of more than £40,000 funding, technical expertise, office space and business support that STFC and ESA offers provides a perfect environment for high-tech start-ups to flourish.

CGI Group Inc.

Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the sixth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. With approximately 72,000 professionals located in offices and global delivery centers in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, CGI offers a comprehensive portfolio of services including high-end business and IT consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance, infrastructure management as well as more than 100 proprietary solutions. With combined annualized revenue of approximately $10.4 billion and an estimated order backlog of approximately $17.7 billion, CGI's shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in both the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the FTSE4 Good Index. Website: www.cgi.com.

Marks & Clerk MC

Marks & Clerk LLP is a well-established intellectual property firm with over 125 years' experience, advising clients in protecting patents, trademarks, designs and copyright. Their unique group also includes Marks & Clerk Solicitors LLP, who are one of the leading intellectual property firms in the UK, and Marks & Clerk Consulting LLP. The group's strong international presence is represented by offices in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. Their patent attorneys and solicitors have strong scientific and technical backgrounds complementing their legal position, and are able to advise clients across the full spectrum of technologies including electronics, mechanical engineering, biotechnology and cleantech. Their international network of trade mark attorneys provides advice to organisations across a wide range of sectors including academic and research institutions, science parks, electronics and gaming, food and beverage, fashion, sports, media and FMCG. Since 2010 their national and international attorney practice has been awarded the ISO 9001 certification for quality management systems, demonstrating their commitment to providing a consistently high level of service. www.marks-clerk.com

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GNSS based UAV monitoring system for Airfields using Passive radar Observations (GUAPO)

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Satellite Applications Catapult
Mr Douglas Watson
Electron Building, Fermi Avenue
Harwell, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QR
United Kingdom

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