optic centre space incubation programme launch

North Wales space programme.

Glyndwr Innovations has recently received funding from the UK Space Agency to support start-up companies and the wider space industry in North Wales.

This investment will fund the space incubation programme, helping the industry grow within the region, an important step towards realising the UK’s ambition to achieve a 10% share in the global space market by 2030.

To mark the launch of the incubation programme, Glyndwr Innovations are hosting a conference, highlighting the benefits and support available at the OpTIC centre for start-ups in the space sector.

Representatives from UK Space Agency, Welsh Government, Kent Periscopes, Innovate UK, the Centre for Solar Energy Research (CSER), Aerospace Wales Forum, Northern Space Consortium and Denbighshire County Council will be in attendance.

Businesses located at the OpTIC centre can receive funding and business support in high quality facilities and benefit from access to funded technical support.

All this helps to ensure a high quality, consistent supply chain for the sector, allowing businesses in north wales to thrive, creating a stronger, innovative space industry.

OpTIC director, Caroline Gray said “We are delighted to be hosting this conference and to be welcoming so many big names from the sector in Wales and beyond.

“We want to spread the word about the excellent facilities here at OpTIC and what we can bring to the arenas of space and technology, a history of supporting hi-tech companies and hundreds of high quality science-based workers as they grow and develop into world leaders.

“We nurture them, they learn from each other and collaborate – the OpTIC Centre has been a real success story that North Wales can be proud of.”

Colin Baldwin, UK Space Gateway Programme Manager at the UK Space Agency, added: “North Wales has the potential to make a significant contribution to our thriving space sector. There are opportunities for a range of companies developing innovative products that can match the needs of the space industry.

“The incubator at Glyndwr Innovations will build upon the growing interests in space and the role it can play to support other sectors within their local areas, both in technology developments and space-derived services.”

The event is open to innovators, entrepreneurs, start-ups, graduates and SMEs who are developing a new product/technology or high-tech applications for the sector.

Event details

OpTIC Space Industry Incubation Programme Launch

Date: Wednesday 6th July 2016

Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm

Location: OpTIC Centre, St Asaph, LL17 0JD

For further info, contact Debbie Davies by email, d.davies@glyndwr.ac.uk or phone 01745 535208.

To register for the event go to: www.eventbright.com.

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