LU Space Incubator

Support for start-up companies and Small, Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) new to the space sector. The companies supported will become part of our Space Cluster

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Working in partnership with the UK Space Agency, the LU Space Incubator provides support for businesses across the breadth of the sector including both upstream and downstream (using space-enabled data and services).  The LU Space Incubator is one of 7 being supported by the Agency, all offering a different mix of support and aiming to share ideas and best practice.

Businesses may be based anywhere as there are no geographical restrictions for this support, although the project does aim to develop a cluster of space and space-enabled businesses around Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park

The support includes a mixture of:
  • Mentoring and one to one business support
  • Support to access local and national networks
  • Affordable accommodation or virtual tenancy

SME support - Main Points to Note

Support may include one of more of the following:

  • Business Review and mentoring - including signposting and introductions to appropriate sources of support and expertise
  • 6 months' funded membership of UKspace SME Forum - UKspace is a trade association.  The UKspace SME Forum is focused on the needs of SMEs and provides a low-cost route to a range of expertise and resource for a vital part of the space industrial community
  • Up to 12 months' funded membership of LATiLATi is a local networking group for scientific and high-technology businesses. Members include major multi-national companies, small to medium sized enterprises, university departments, business support organisations and private individuals
  • Space in the ATIC - Accommodation and Virtual Tenancy - The Advanced Technology Innovation Centre (ATIC) offers business accommodation and a supportive environment for knowledge-based businesses 

Businesses in this sector may also be eligible for support from some of our other projects:

Catalysing Growth

Catalysing Growth supports businesses based in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire working in the transport equipment manufacturing sectors and their supply chains. It aimed at those companies looking to improve existing products or develop new products, processes and services through research and development activities.

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