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Programme to get more entrepreneurs into space

University centre launches programme to get more entrepreneurs into space

A UNIVERSITY technology centre is launching a project to get more entrepreneurs into space.

The OpTIC Centre in St Asaph and the UK Space Agency (UKSA) have joined forces with SEtsquared to roll-out the Entrepreneurs Programme over two days from February 7.

The programme is specially designed for people with an idea for a new product or service or founders of existing high-tech companies needing a boost to the next level.

It covers essential elements of starting a company, such as getting to problem/solution fit, identifying market opportunities and building a financial plan.

OpTIC Director Caroline Gray said: “This would be of huge value to anyone developing a technology that incorporates space data, or downstream space applications, 5G, radar or satellite operations and launch technologies.

“There are so many areas of science, technology and engineering that would benefit from this, but most don’t tend to make that connection with the space industry and how it could help them.

“The UKSA utilises many different supply chains with companies operating in fields of design and manufacture, software design, energy management and more, so I would urge people in those areas to get in touch with us to see how we can work together and capitalise on this opportunity.”

The SETsquared Partnership is the enterprise collaboration between universities in England, supporting high tech start-up companies, providing student enterprise and enabling academics to maximise the impact of their research. 

Fully-funded places are available, and sessions will include pitching and presentation, The Power of Why, identifying customer problems, building a financial model for business, and lean methodology.

Among those to have taken part in a previous programme is James Hill, who said: “As clichéd as it sounds, SETsquared’s Entrepreneurship Programme was life changing.

“It was an incredibly valuable experience and I wish I’d had the opportunity to take part in a programme like this when I originally went into business 10 years ago.”

For more, visit www.glyndwrinnovations.co.uk or www.biz.setsquared.co.uk/spacetech1718

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