Following the success of the OI Space Incubator in 2018-19, the team were invited to the UK Space Conference 2019 to detail the support on offer to budding entrepreneurs and innovators in the space sector.
Speaking in the ‘Space Near You: Spreading the Benefits of Sector Growth’ session, Toni Harrison, Oxford Innovation’s Strategic Partnerships Manager, outlined to delegates how the OI Space Incubator had drawn together more than 80 SMEs, industry primes, universities and business support professionals to collaborate and grow a number of exciting early stage business ideas.
She joined Colin Baldwin (UK Space Agency), Nafeesa Dajda (Satellite Applications Catapult), Aime Fulton (SW Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications) and Richard Harrington (Bucks Thames Valley LEP) on the panel, each detailing the support they provide, the impact it has and future plans to identify and nurture innovations in the space sector and the importance of the sector to the UK economy.
Chaired by Elaine Choules, Strategic Engagement Manager, Welsh Assembly Government, the session ended with questions from the delegates attending the session. The hot topic of the discussion was how joined up the business support offer was for innovators and entrepreneurs in the UK, with the panel highlighting how the various agencies and providers of support were collaborating and signposting the wealth of support available.