Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for UK-based SMEs with well thought through innovative ideas for commercial products and services that exploit space data, technologies or capabilities. Oxford Innovation and our partners are particularly keen on solutions for marine, aerospace , transport , health, clean growth, gaming, agri-tech and urban futures, but ideas for any sector are welcome.

Work can have already commenced on developing the idea as the OISI will provide support for any stage of the innovation and commercialisation process. It is not a requirement for that the product or service is launched to the market by the OISI end date of June 2020.

If you have questions about your project, contact OISpace@oxin.co.uk.

It is a condition of eligibility that each project is represented at the six days of mandatory workshops, which will be held at the BASE Innovation Centre in Bordon, Hampshire, GU35 0FX.

  • Innovation workshops: 7th – 9th January 2020
  • Launch readiness workshops: 18th – 20th February 2020

We will provide lunch and refreshments at the workshops but do not contribute towards travel or accommodation expenses.

The OI Space Incubator Cohort 2019/20 will benefit from an intensive incubation programme of support.

The OI Space Incubator will provide the following:

6-months free workspace at BASE Bordon Innovation Centre

Access to our dedicated Innovation Director who will support you to bring your ideas to reality

2 intensive sets of workshops to test and validate your idea and match you to the experts you need to be ready to launch:

  • Innovation workshops: 7th – 9th January 2020
  • Launch readiness workshops: 18th – 20th February 2020

We will provide lunch and refreshments at the workshops but do not contribute towards travel or accommodation expenses.

This is a fully funded programme – free to access. Candidates and winners retain Intellectual Property that they own.

The 2019/20 Cohort will have:

  • Innovation projects or new concepts that leverage technology in outer space
  • Projects that result in a commercial viable solution or product that can be piloted or launched by summer 2020
  • Solutions and products that leverage established technology or new technology that can be proven during the six-month incubation period
  • Identification of a target market or market segment to pilot your solution or product during the incubation period
  • No barriers to entry or commercial agreements required in order to launch

And of course, awesome concepts with sufficient subject-matter expertise to deliver!

This three-day intensive innovation workshop will launch the cohort and the support provided. The cohort of the top 6 candidate projects will now drill down on the technology feasibility, commercial viability and user desirability of their concept. They will scope the following 6 weeks of the critical “Incubator Boost” phase of the OI Space Incubator, where experts will provide significant talent and resource to bring the ideas to life. They will scope the build, test and launch phase up to June 2020.

7th January - Day 1: Problem Solution Fit

Solve complex problems in a way that fits the state of your customers. Succeed faster and increase your solution adoption by tapping into existing mediums and channels of behaviour.

The day will be tailored to the needs of the 6 selected cohort members, addressing the challenges and opportunities they each have.

8th January - Day 2: Creating Value and Understanding Costs

Knowing the difference between cost and value can increase profitability: the cost of your product or service is the amount you spend to produce it. The price is your financial reward for providing the product or service. The value is what your customer believes the product or service is worth to them.

This day will focus and hone down on each of the selected businesses value proposition, while also exploring cost and pricing and the relationship between all three.

9th January - Day 3: The Gap Analysis

gap analysis is an examination and assessment of your current performance for the purpose of identifying the differences between your current state of business and where you’d like to be.

This session will focus on where you are now, where you want to be in the future, and the steps needed to get you there.

Workshop Two - 18th – 20th February 2020

18th February - Day One - Progress Review and Plan Ahead

A tailored day for participants to reflect on their business growth plans and to identify what they need to be focusing on now to realise their aims.

19th February - Day Two - Get Ready to Commercialise

Understanding how you commercialise your idea is the fundamental aim of this day – your innovation path, marketing and positioning and who/what is going to help you launch.

20th February - Day 3 - Becoming investor ready

Understanding who your potential investor could be, and what they are looking for form the basis of this session. It will give you the tools to identify who to engage with and how to present your business to.

OI Space Incubator

The oi Space incubator team

Elaine Kearney – Programme Manager

Elaine is a specialist in collaborative innovation, technology transfer and operational management. She enjoys working with aspirational SMEs and is well known for building connections between researchers and businesses. Her entrepreneurial spirit quickly recognises opportunities for commercialisation.

For over 20 years Elaine has worked in business support roles across the energy, aerospace, manufacturing and oil & gas sectors.

We have over 100 people actively involved in the OI Space Incubator! Now its your turn.

Great networking and ‘know how’ events in 2020. 

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