Network & Eco-System

Space and satellite applications companies locating to the North East can take advantage of our unique digital and technology network. 

Our established clusters and business networks provide robust and proven support to help companies innovate, collaborate and accelerate their growth. 

From incubators and hubs to centres of excellence and technology specialists, our unrivalled business support network ensures companies have the space and facilities they need to develop new technologies – and the networks to find potential investors and collaborators. 

Key support organisations include:    

  • North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence – a space and satellite applications network with a monthly meet up (currently online due to COVID).
  • CPI – provides companies with industry-relevant expertise and assets, and proof of concept and scale-up services for the development of innovative products and processes.
  • High Value Manufacturing Catapult – provides support with local manufacturing needs.
  • TWI Technology Centre, North East – provides research and development work that covers a wide range of technologies for industry sectors.
  • Digital Catapult North East Tees Valley – supports projects involving immersive technology, 5G and low-powered wireless wide area network technology.
  • Cyber North – a regional cluster supporting cyber security applications in satellite communications and other sectors.
  • Innovate UK – offers funding competitions across a number of relevant sectors.
  • RTC – offers support programmes such as Supply Chain North East, Scale Up North East and others to assist companies with business support and contacts.

Our cluster and network groups run regular challenge programmes to support innovative projects in the space and satellite applications sectors. For example, the North East SMART Ports Programme, run by the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence, seeded in 2018 to explore how satellite applications can resolve the challenges in ports. It created a range of new projects with five ports in the region.