We are pleased to be associated with the Institutions and Companies listed below.
The European Space Agency Business Incubator at Harwell, Oxford. Founded in Dec 2010, this extends ESA's European network of Incubators, helping young businesses and start-ups to develop business opportunities based on transferring space technology into other markets.
Sci-Tech Systems was awarded a place in the Incubator and a grant to develop a new POB prototype for the Leisure Dive market. Business support and technical consultancy is delivered by the UK's STFC Innovation Ltd and this, together with access to STFC's workshops, proved invaluable during development.
Sci-Tech is an Alumnus of the ESABIC, graduating in February 2013.
View the ESA BIC's case study on Sci-Tech Systems' POB project.
View the ESA BIC's promotional video, featuring Sci-Tech Systems' POB project.
The European Space Agency. An intergovernmental organisation, it has close ties with the European Commission and the two bodies have collaborated to develop a European Space Policy. The GALILEO global navigation system is one of a number of joint initiatives. Read ESA's article about our system.
STFC Innovations Ltd is the technology transfer office of the UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council. It helped Sci-Tech Systems to develop the new POB prototype by providing access to expert advice and workshops.
Homepage of the European GNSS Agency, formerly known as the GNSS Supervisory Authority. The GSA is a European Union regulatory authority, managing the European GNSS programmes. This includes the GALILEO system, Europe's own global positioning system. Sci-Tech Systems won the GSA's Special Topic prize in the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2008, and as a result, the GSA extended business support for a year. Read the GSA's article about our system.
Homepage for the Technology Strategy Board, a government founded body with the aim to stimulate innovation in technology by promoting, supporting and investing in technology research, development and commercialisation.
The TSB has helped by providing advice and guidance on funding. The TSB recently awarded our POB project an Innovation Voucher, to help with the casing design costs.
Homepage for the European Satellite Navigation Competition, held annually to find and award the best ideas for innovative applications in satellite navigation. An international competition, it encompasses Europe and global partner regions. Sci-Tech Systems was the first ever triple-winner in the history of the competition, gaining the UK Regional prize, the Special Topic prize, and the overall prize: the Galileo Masters. Read the BBC's report on this achievement.
AZO manages the ESA Business Incubation Centre in Oberpfaffenhoffen, and organises the annual European Satellite Navigation Competition, formerly known as the Galilleo Masters.
There used to be a website dedicated to the Galileo Application Days conference and exhibition 2010, an event organised by the GSA and AZO, hosted by the EC and sponsored by ESA. The Application Village showcased a number of GNSS positioning projects.
The University of Nottingham has created a GNSS Research and Applications Centre of Excellence (GRACE), based in its Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy. It assists businesses to take advantage of GNSS technologies by providing business support, consultancy, training and testing facilities. It is also tasked with managing the UK and Ireland Region entries for the European Satellite Navigation Competition, formerly organised by the Hertfordshire Business Incubation Centre (HBIC). GRACE is part of the expert network for the UK and Ireland Region.
GRACE helped Sci-Tech Systems by creating a video to promote our POB project.
Homepage for London Associates, an award-winning industrial Product Design and Development Consultancy. LA helped Sci-Tech Systems by creating presentations, images, and the POB logo. Their support was invaluable in Sci-Tech Systems winning the European Satellite Navigation Competition in 2008. LA created the very first POB waterproof prototype.
The BTC (Business and Technology Centre) at Stevenage, formerly managed by the Hertfordshire Business Incubation Centre (HBIC), provided business support, advice and office services to Sci-Tech Systems as part of their prizes from the European Satellite Navigation Competition.
The BTC is now managed by Wenta Innovation, and seeks to inspire innovation by providing office and conference accommodation, business support, events and workshops.
A major international supplier of secure communications, satellites and space equipment, EADS Astrium, Stevenage was also part of the HBIC venture to support technical innovation and business development in Hertfordshire. The company is now part of the Airbus Group.
Part of the previous Government's strategy to support and grow businesses, EEDA was the East of England Development Agency. EEDA helped Sci-Tech Systems by providing a Proof of Concept grant, enabling POB to move into the Leisure Diver market. Read EEDA magazine Source's article "Creating the Conditions for Innovation" featuring Sci-Tech Systems on pages 16-17. EEDA closed in 2012 and was replaced by a Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), in line with current government policy.
Formerly Business Link, the free business advice and support service, and now replaced by GOV.UK. The East of England Business Link helped Sci-Tech Systems by advising on and supporting our application for a grant from the DTI, resulting in our winning the SMART Award, enabling us to conduct our initial feasibility tests..