IP lessons from 2019 SpaceTech accelerator

Participating start-ups are provided with resources and legal expertise to complement the opportunities provided by the corporate partners.

Seraphim Space Camp, the UK’s first dedicated accelerator for global startups in the SpaceTech industry, has announced the latest iteration of its programme which will feature seven new startups.

First launched by Seraphim Capital in 2018, the 16 companies that took part last year have collectively raised or had offers of more than £20 million in private investment and grants over the past nine months, and have created 58 job opportunities since completing the programme.

Now established in the European space eco-system, the programme is designed to refine value propositions, significantly accelerate commercial activities and provide sustainable opportunities for scale up to the participating companies. Corporate partners of the programme include DSTL, European Space Agency, Rolls Royce, Cyient, Inmarsat, UK Space Agency; and companies supporting via Seraphim include SES, Eutelsat, KSAT, Aeroviroment, Telespazio, SSTL, Airbus and the Satellite Applications Catapult.

The 2019 edition of the Seraphim Space Camp will once again be run from the offices of global law firm Dentons at London’s St Pauls.

Dr. Justin Hill, IP partner at Dentons in London and expert-in-residence at Seraphim Space Camp, provides the programme with resources and the start-ups with specialised IP and legal expertise to complement the opportunities provided by the corporate partners.

He said, “It is great to be involved again. The participating companies have world class technologies. Too often we see promising early stage businesses cutting corners on IP and other legal provisions, when in reality they should be laying important foundations to support their future success. Dentons is pleased to share knowledge, provide access to our international platform and global contacts, and help secure commercial opportunities for these businesses. With impressive innovations and high levels of partner engagement, 2019 looks to be another exciting year.”

The startups participating in this year’s Seraphim Space Camp Mission 3 are:

  • aXenic – design, development and production of optical modulators for communications and sensing. Its strongly patented solution is a fraction of the weight and size of existing solutions whilst providing greater bandwidth.
  • ConstelIR – the first company to map precise on-earth temperatures from a constellation of satellites it plans to launch, with costs amounting to 3% existing solutions and no loss of measurement accuracy.
  • Hawa Dawa – combines its proprietary IoT smart sensor data with other sources of data (including satellite data) to give highly accurate data on air quality.
  • Methera Global – plans to launch constellation flexible and dynamic satellites, with initial customers including emergency response services helping communities who are not currently connected to the internet.
  • Trik – an enterprise drone 3D mapping software for structural inspection with a unique platform.
  • Xona Space – uses XPS and LEO satellite constellations for extremely precise GPS systems, with early end applications including autonomous vehicles.
  • Veoware – vision is to industrialise the space sector so that hardware, software and data can be easily accessible and rapidly available for the benefit of humankind.