Inmarsat sponsors space camp for tech start-ups

19 November 2018: Inmarsat is sponsoring Seraphim Space Camp, the world’s first accelerator programme focused on space technology start-ups.

Backed by space tech venture fund Seraphim Capital, Space Camp helps carefully identified hardware and software companies addressing the most significant challenges facing the industry – from IoT and insurance, to launch vehicles and quantum security.

The accelerator programme is backed by the European Space Agency and UK Space Agency and corporate partners, alongside Inmarsat, include Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Cyient and Dentons.

Investor Day

Inmarsat will host a ‘Mission 2’ Investor Day at its HQ in City Road, London on 20 November, where the nine global start-ups will get the chance to pitch to over 150 investors and key leaders in the space industry. This is the culmination of a nine-week programme of workshops, keynotes, one-on-one sessions, proof-of-concept projects and on-site visits to industry partners.

As part of the day, Mike Butcher from TechCrunch will host a panel discussion with Mark Dickinson, Vice-President, Space Segment at Inmarsat; Catherine Mealing-Jones, Director of Growth at UK Space Agency; Siobhan Clarke, partner at Episode 1; and James Bruegger, managing partner at Seraphim Capital.

Yasrine Ibnyahya, Principal of Advanced Concepts at Inmarsat, said: “As part of our partnership with Seraphim Space Camp Accelerator, we are pleased to host the Investor Day here at Inmarsat headquarters. Start-ups are playing a key role in fast pace innovation in our industry and is a great mean of exploring new technology trends, business models and ecosystem.”

Mission 2

Start-ups taking part in Space Camp Mission 2 include:

  • Ansur – provides software for mission-critical satellite communication of multimedia content, reducing bandwidth by 99% and increasing efficiency by 100 times.
  • KETS Quantum Security – the only company with a complete integrated on-chip quantum encryption solution to secure the information technology of the 21st century and beyond.
  • LunaSonde – uses small satellites to scan the globe and build an atlas of valuable underground resources, with an immediate focus on water.
  • Quantum Light Metrology – developing ultra-compact, high-precision quantum optical sensors. QLM’s drone-mountable methane leak detector offers a tool for the oil and gas industry to reduce emissions and improve safety while significantly reducing operating costs.

Companies from Mission 1 have already gone on to secure or have offers for over £4m in investment and as part of the Space Camp SpaceTech network continue to work with leading corporates and other global alumni on Proof of Concept projects.

Mission companies will be able to support future Space Camp start-ups in the UK and internationally as well as work on projects together

For more information contact news@inmarsat.com.