Call to Leicester students and SMEs to join UK Space Industry

Posted by ap420 at Jun 06, 2013 03:10 PM |
Call to Leicester students and SMEs to join UK Space Industry

European Satellite Navigation Competition 2013

  • Calling local students and entrepreneurs with new ideas of how to use satellite data such as GPS in smart phone apps and location technologies
  • Financial backing and mentoring on offer to turn winning ideas into profitable businesses and services to help meet Government ambitions for a £40 billion UK space industry
  • Registrations for UK Satellite Navigation Competition University Challenge open here -  Registration Closes 31st June 2013

UK space and technology leaders are searching for local students, young researchers and SMEs with innovative ideas for the everyday use of space data in smart phone apps, location-based services and profitable new businesses. The UK Satellite Navigation Competition’s University Challenge is looking for local students and entrepreneurs, to give you the chance to prove your creativity and entrepreneurial spirit in return for some valuable business tips from the experts.

Dr Ed Chester, Project Manager at the University of Leicester’s Space IDEAS Hub said: "Space activities in Leicester are diverse, with growing business-focussed applications of space technology. Initiatives such as Space IDEAS Hub and G-STEP can help businesses leverage technologies and assets. The European Satellite Navigation Competition is a unique opportunity to get a whole package of support for your innovative idea. There is so much more scope for innovating in this sector and some potential applications, in gaming, in education, in policy work, in law, in finance, in resource management, in safety, in sports... there's almost no excuse for not having a great idea."

Doug Watson, UK Satellite Navigation Competition University Challenge organiser at the University of Nottingham said: “The UK’s commercial space sector, and especially the part linked to satellite data, represents a great opportunity for Leicester students and researchers to start their own business. In running the University Challenge, we are not looking for satellite experts or established space industry leaders. Instead the best business ideas we come across are from people with their own area of interest and personal expertise, whether its farming, fishing or football, who have seen the benefits satellite navigation data could bring to this community. These are the people we are hoping will enter their ideas into our competition.”

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