News in brief: space sector, business ambassadors, TechLink

News in brief
News in brief

Start-ups in space data mission

Seven space sector start-ups from the UK are travelling to the US this week to pitch for new business and investment.

The seven companies, Ecometrica, Rezatec Ltd, Terrabotics, Blue Skies Space Ltd, Geocento Ltd, Oxford Space Systems and Gyana all focus on how we access, use and evaluating data from satellites.

Space Mission 2.0, is taking place in Houston, Texas between the 15 and 20 November. The UK delegates will attend the Space Commerce Conference and Exposition in Houston and will meet with companies and investors in the field of satellite applications and space technologies.

The delegates will also meet teams from NASA, network with leaders from the burgeoning US space industry and pitch their businesses to space investors.

The start-up ‘mission’ is being funded by Innovate UK, UKTI, and the Satellite Applications Catapult.

Prime Minister announces new additions to Business Ambassador network

The Prime Minister has reinforced his commitment to boosting the UK's performance in international trade and attracting investment by announcing some additions to the government's Business Ambassador network.

These newly appointed Business Ambassadors bring with them a wealth of business experience and will support the government in promoting the UK's excellence in overseas markets, as well as assisting UK businesses to take advantage of business opportunities both in the UK and overseas.

The Prime Minister said: "It is excellent news that some of Britain's best and brightest business minds will be working with us. Our new Business Ambassadors will bring a wealth of experience and expertise, helping us to unlock markets, grow our international trade and boost inward investment.

"Showing the world that the UK is open for trade and investment is a key part of our plan to deliver economic security. Ambassadors of this calibre show we mean business."

The new Government Business Ambassadors are:

• Karen Blackett OBE (MediaCom)

• Liv Garfield (Severn Trent)

• Paul Kahn (Airbus Group UK)

• Stephen Kelly (Sage)

• Emma Jones MBE (Enterprise Nation)

• Holly Tucker MBE (notonthehighstreet)

UK and Estonia team up for new TechLink programme

UK and Estonian ministers have launched a new TechLink programme covering fields that include financial technology, cyber security, digital government, and biotech. It will bring entrepreneurs together from the two world-leading digital countries to find innovative solutions to common challenges.

The new programme will build on the already strong working relationships in the government, business and education sectors of both countries. It will give businesses from both countries the opportunity to learn from each other’s thriving digital markets and entrepreneurial cultures.

The programme builds on the successful UK-Israel Tech Hub which partners British companies with Israeli innovators, contributing to economic growth in both countries. Launched in 2011, the Hub was the first initiative of this kind at an embassy. It creates partnerships which help Israeli innovation go global, as well as giving British companies a global competitive edge.