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Southampton hosts SPRINT roadshow to highlight University capabilities

Published: 4 April 2019
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The SPRINT funding is part of an investment of £67 million through Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund in new collaborative projects to drive forward world-class university commercialisation. This exciting programme will act as a catalyst to transform the ways that universities and industrial partners collaborate, working to boost economic growth, jobs and prosperity by delivering market-led solutions to the space and space enabled economy.

The five SPRINT core partners are the Universities of Edinburgh, Leicester, Southampton, Surrey and the Open University. Other partners involved include the UK Space Agency (UKSA), SAC, Seraphim Capital, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council. Together they have unparalleled space expertise, especially in space missions (building and operating satellites; acquiring, analysing and interpreting data).

SPRINT is a unique opportunity for SMEs to access support for space technologies which can create innovative new products and services that will transform their commercial future.

The roadshow at Southampton took place in February at its Boldrewood Innovation Campus, with SME businesses from the local area and as far away as Wales attending. University experts were on hand to advise on space capabilities including satellite time series analysis using Earth Observation data to derive products and services for environmental monitoring and food security, as well as data scientists with considerable expertise in handling Big Data, and world-leading Optoelectronics Research Centre and colleagues from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research.

The aim of the day was to identify business challenges and collaborative projects within the SME community, in both space and non-space sectors.

Further information and links to the roadshow presentations are found here.

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