Space Mission UK is an exciting series of entrepreneur missions specifically designed to support UK startups with their ambition to build world-leading space and satellite application companies. It’s supported by Innovate UK and produced by Chinwag.
The first mission focused on small satellites, CubeSats, Nanosatellites and their applications, and took 9 UK companies to Utah, Silicon Valley, and Los Angeles in August 2015.
The mission programme in August included: a visit to the Small Satellite Conference in Utah, meetings and networking opportunities with big names in the sector including NASA JPL, Lockheed Martin, and Virgin Galactic, pitch events with O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and Space Angels Network, and much more.
Space Mission 2.0, which visited Houston in November 2015, had a full programme of company and site visits including the NASA Johnson Space Center, company pitches to the Houston Angel Network, attendance at SpaceCom 2015, and more.
“The Space Mission to the US West Coast was one of the best organised industrial events I have attended. From first engagement with the UK companies, the visit plan itself, the on-site support team and the follow-ups, the mission has been thoughtfully put together and effective. It is not easy to create a buzz in the USA but this event showed that, with careful preparation, it can be done!” – Chris Lee, UK Space Agency
Read on for more information about what’s included in a typical mission, who can apply and the typical costs of taking part. To keep up-to-date with missions and find out as soon as the next trips are announced, please sign-up to our email alerts below and follow @innovateuk.
The mission programme will be tailored based on the companies attending, typically this will include:
The final programme is developed with input from the companies taking part in the mission. Don’t forget to include companies and events you’d like to target in your application form.
The previous Space Missions have had immediate impact for the companies involved, including securing over £1 million in investment, collaborating with major organisations such as NASA and the European Space Agency, winning contracts with the Ministry of Defence, and much more.
Typically, a contribution of £1,999+VAT will be payable from each mission delegate towards the costs of the trip. Although specific details will vary for each mission, this typically includes:
Local grants may be available to offset some of these costs. Companies that are accepted on the mission will be introduced to their local international trade advisors who will be able to provide further details.
Space Mission UK is designed to support innovative startups and SMEs based in the UK developing space and satellite applications with high growth potential.
Companies will be selected based on innovation and their suitability for the international destination market in a competitive process. Delegates will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to get the maximum benefit.
More information or questions, please contact [email protected].