The Scottish Space Incubator is now in its fourth year of business, giving expert guidance and support specific to the space sector to high growth and startup businesses in Scotland. The Incubator is a year-long programme, backed by Scottish Enterprise, University of Strathclyde, the UK Space Agency and delivered jointly by the Tontine Tech Incubator and SoXSA.
Throughout the year, Incubated companies are given fully funded accommodation in the vibrant tech-centred hub at Tontine. What most businesses who have been through the programme highlight is that this centre gives you a unique access to like-minded entrepreneurs who act as an excellent sounding board (and even a shoulder to cry on!), keeping you motivated and often giving you new ideas.
A further advantage of being based in Glasgow is the extent of the resources available – government agencies including Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Development International and Business Gateway are regularly in situ in Tontine. Glasgow is fast becoming the European capital for space technology – more satellites are made in Glasgow than anywhere else in Europe – so you can join the sector and gain contacts immediately. You are mentored by SoXSA themselves, giving you access to Strathclyde University’s research hub and people at the forefront of research in the industry.
You are also enrolled into the i-Gap Accelerator programme, which encourages determined young businesses who want to grow rapidly. Offering tailored workshops delivered to small and ambitious groups of entrepreneurs, the programme covers the main topics that are fundamental to a successful growing business; Market, Leadership and Resource. Companies also get access to the AWS Activate programme, that provides AWS credits to companies
On top of this you are given a Company Innovation voucher, worth £1250 to aid this growth, as well as conference support up to the value of £1000 – the full package is worth in excess of £15,000!
A limited number of places exist though in the current programme with intake due to start in March 2020. So, if you think your business would fit the criteria of having space technology at its heart, and would benefit from this unprecedented support, we want to hear from you now.