North East Space Incubation Programme

The North East Space Incubation Programme is delivered by Business Durham at NETPark in partnership with the UK Space Agency.

It provides intensive support to companies either already in the space sector, or who are looking to diversify into the space sector, including professional expertise in business planning and strategy, IP protection and exploitation, financial management, marketing and market strategies, and links to the wider opportunity network in the space sector.


Please submit a response to this call to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on no more than four sides of A4 – your response must include the following:

  • Company details and contact
  • Ambitions in the next three years – maximum 200 words
  • Current barriers to the company entering the space sector – maximum 200 words
  • Expected impact of the support in the short term, medium term and long term (access to new funding opportunities, access to new markets, development of new products and services, new jobs) – please be as specific as possible. Maximum 500 words
  • You must confirm your commitment to working with our panel of external expertise with regular reviews.
  • You must confirm your willingness to be featured as a case study if appropriate.
  • You must confirm your willingness to participate in collaborative projects if appropriate.
  • You must confirm that short term impact can be delivered by the end of March 2018 - there is the possibility of showcasing your company at our conference in Durham on 22nd March 2018.

We are particularly interested in hearing from companies requiring a clear roadmap which can ensure efficient and effective use of the various avenues of support to develop into the space sector. We expect to support up to five companies in this round, with a total budget available of £50,000.

Responses will be evaluated by members of the Advisory Board of the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence.

The expert panel providing support to companies participating in the programme are:

· Ross Golightly of Sphera Consulting

· Karen Large of Think Innovative

· Ian Swain of IS Business & Finance

· Graeme Jordan of STO Consulting

· Alex Shiel of Ward Hadaway

· Antony Hall of Mincoffs Solicitors

We are also recruiting a specialist in roadmapping into the space sector and details will be announced as soon that is complete.

NETPark is already the host of the Satellite Applications Catapult North East Centre of Excellence and has had success linking companies to lucrative opportunities in major space contracts.  The UK Space Agency is committed to nurturing business and research and showing small businesses how they can benefit from the UK’s £11.8 billion space industry. NETPark joins Daresbury, Glyndwr Innovations, Leicester Dock, Loughborough University and UNIP Management in the UK-wide incubation programme, an important part of the UK Space Agency’s ambition to achieve a 10% share of the global space market by 2030.

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