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Business Opportunities using Satellite Technology

July 6, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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The iNet and Loughborough University Space Incubator Programme present a specialist networking event on Thursday, 6th July at Sterling Geo in Loughborough.

“Tracking migrating birds, detecting illegal mining, monitoring environmental changes, keeping motorcyclists safe and monitoring volcanic plumes – are all being tackled with satellite data.”

Applications in climate, environment, weather, energy, utilities, logistics, transportation, gaming, security, smart cities, healthcare, tourism, Internet of Things ..

Hear about the business benefits of using space-enabled data
This event is designed to raise awareness of the ways in which using space-enabled data can enhance your products and services enabling you to differentiate your offering from the competition. It aims to provide useful insight into the range of information available and how to access and incorporate satellite data. Using satellite imagery, navigation, positioning, precision timing and communications places you in the ‘space sector’ which opens up new opportunities for funding and support.

Meet innovative local companies using satellite data 
We are delighted to showcase two highly innovative local companies who have both built great business propositions on the back of ‘space-enabled data and services’:

Sterling Geo of Loughborough and
EarthSense Systems of Leicester

You will get to hear about the technology they use, the applications and services they are developing, the real-world challenges they’re solving, and the new markets they’re addressing using satellite data.

Learn about funding and support available locally and nationally
Explaining where the opportunities are and how to access them, Ian Downey of the European Space Agency – Integrated Applications Promotion (ESA IAP) UK Ambassador Platform will talk about what’s happening in the UK and across Europe and the significant opportunities available for businesses setting up in the sector. Pauline Graham of The iNet will wrap up the session by outlining the local funding and support available.


3:00 – 3:15 – Registration and refreshments
3:15 – 3:20 – Welcome
3:20- 3:45 – Ian Downey, ESA IAP UK Ambassador Platform – The ‘Space-Enabled’ marketplace, Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) Programme and opportunities in the Space Industry
3:45 – 4:10 – Roland Leigh, EarthSense Systems – Earth Observation of Air Quality
4:10 – 4:35 – Sam Campbell, Sterling Geo – Space Data “Powered” Applications
4:35 – 5:00 – Sterling Geo – Demo of wealth of Satellite Data available today
5:00 – 5:15 – Pauline Graham, The iNet – Support from the iNet and LU Space Incubator
5:15 – 5:30 – Q&A & Networking
5:30 Close

Time for networking
You will have an opportunity to network with other attendees and meet the speakers before and after the event.

Our Speakers

Ian Downey, ESA IAP UK Ambassador Platform will provide an overview of the context around opportunities for utilising space, talking about how ‘space-enabled data’ is part of ESA’s Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) Programme and how it fits with the UK Innovation and Growth Strategy, which was launched in 2010, with a goal of raising the UK’s share of the global space market to 10% (i.e. £40Bn) by 2030, with an interim goal of reaching a UK space industry turnover of £19Bn by 2020.

The ESA IAP Ambassador Platform conducts outreach and awareness raising activities for the IAP programme and satellite applications across multiple sectors in the UK. The UK Ambassador Platform is hosted jointly with the Satellite Applications Catapult and ECSAT (the European Centre for Satellite Applications and Telecommunications) on the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire.

Sam Campbell of Sterling Geo Sales and Business Development will talk about the company’s involvement in the Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP), funded by UK Space Agency (UKSA), and their role in the 1:100 initiative to engage with 100 government bodies to identify earth observation data “powered” applications that deliver answers to challenges, such as protecting environmentally sensitive areas, identifying illegal builds, managing greenspace and flood analytics. Sterling Geo will also demo what satellite data is available, how to access it, and how it all works.

Sterling Geo, engineer solutions that transform spaceborne, airborne and terrestrial data into accurate, actionable information. Working both within the research and development and commercial sectors, the company is at the forefront of all major changes and challenges that face the geospatial industry.

Professor Roland Leigh Technical Director of EarthSense Systems and Chief Executive of the East Midlands Centre of Excellence for the Satellite Applications Catapult. His talk will cover the use of earth observation in air quality information systems and show some recent examples of applications developed and services delivered.

EarthSense is a new joint venture company between the University of Leicester and Bluesky International Ltd. Established in September 2016, EarthSense provides innovative solutions to enable more effective decision-making in the area of air quality. Capabilities across Earth Observation, monitoring, modelling and operational system development are applied to deliver solutions to industrial, personal and local authority needs.

Pauline Graham, Innovation Advisor with The iNet will outline the support and funding from The iNet through the LU Space Incubator programme and other programmes.

The iNet run a number of business support and funding programmes to help small and medium sized businesses to innovate and grow.

The LU Space Incubator Programme works in partnership with UK Space Agency and is one of a several programmes in the UK Space Incubator Network.

Who should attend

The event is open to anyone who is interested in looking at opportunities in this sector, including established enterprises, new businesses and those yet to start a business.

Is particularly relevant if your business idea is about providing answers to challenges around climate, environment, weather, energy, utilities, logistics, transportation, gaming, security, smart cities, healthcare .. telemedicine. The list is endless ..

This event is proving to be very popular.  Priority will be given to high-tech, scientific and engineering SMEs, new start-ups and pre-start-ups and we may have to limit places to those who’d benefit most and only allow one attendee per organisation. 

Academics are also welcome to attend. Spaces are strictly limited.


Book via Eventbrite

This specialist networking event, to be held at Sterling Geo in Loughborough, is being run by LATi on behalf of
The iNet and Loughborough University Space Incubator.
This event is free of charge to attend. Booking is essential.

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July 6, 2017
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Sterling Geo
North Road
Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 1QjJ United Kingdom
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