Mike Badley, CEO of Sigma Technical, who succeeded in attracting significant funding following participation in the first round of the SpaceTech South West incubator.

UK Space Agency launches second mission to back space entrepreneurs of the future

An exciting opportunity has arisen with the SpaceTech Incubation Initiative who are offering up to six promising space technology businesses the chance to participate in an award winning entrepreneurs’ programme on behalf of SETsquared, the global number one university business incubator.

The programme, which will be held at Exeter Science Park from 26-28 February 2018 aims to boost small businesses looking at new space technology in the South West. It includes a unique package of entrepreneurship training, bespoke business support and the opportunity for grow-on space. There will also be access to grant support. Funded by the UK Space Agency, the South West programme is part of the UK Space Incubator Network.

Having been successfully launched in March and following exceptional interest, this is the second call for applications to the programme. 

One of the first graduates of the programme, Mike Badley has since launched his cutting-edge business. Sigma Technical is a pioneering robotics firm that is developing a state-of-the-art diagnostic and physical training machine. Mike attracted £5000 of funding through the South West Centre of Excellence for Satellite Applications and significant support from Innovate UK. His impressive design has also resulted in Sigma receiving a Seal of Excellence from the European Commission via Horizon 2020. Mike now has his own facility at the Exeter Science Park Centre.

Growing businesses, start-ups, and individuals with great ideas around developing space technology, applications for satellite or other space-related data, or with applications of digital and other technology for space environments are encouraged to apply.

Applications close at 11:59 PM on 21 January 2018. For more information and details on how to apply, please visit the website: www.spacetechsouthwest.co.uk.

SpaceTech is an initiative of the South West Centre of Excellence for Satellite Applications (SWCoESA; funded by the Satellite Applications Catapult and the UK Space Agency) in partnership with Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd., SETsquared and the University of Exeter. Providing the opportunity for entrepreneurs focused on space-centric innovation, SpaceTech enables participants to gain support and expert input from industry.

For more information about the Exeter Science Park Centre visit www.exetersciencepark.co.uk, call 01392 247 047 or follow the Exeter Science Park on Twitter @ExeterSciencePk. To get in touch with Sigma Technical, visit their website for details: www.sigma-technical.com 

Date: 19 December 2017

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