Venturefest South West, a flagship event for innovators, entrepreneurs and investors, has announced a top line up of speakers for two sessions focusing on Satellite Applications. Building on the South-West region’s strong and well-established expertise in satellite applications, Venturefest South West has announced speakers from the world of space communications including the CEO and founder of Goonhilly Earth Station and investment experts from Horizon 2020, the biggest ever EU Research and Innovation programme.
The industry specific sessions will include Satellite Applications 101, an introduction to the sector covering data, tools and technology for application development and Pathways to Funding for Satellite Applications helping delegates determine where they are in relation to accessing various types of funding, what funding may be available and how to position a project for funding.
Providing the wisdom of his own experience to delegates in the funding pathways session is Ian Jones, entrepreneur, founder & CEO, Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd. Satellite communications engineer, Ian Jones, formed the company in order to realise the huge potential at the site with a vision to create a multi-faceted space hub. The team at Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd have achieved significant, rapid success not only wining contracts with the world’s major satellite operators, but also supporting 9 universities, establishing the Satellite Applications Catapult Regional Centre of Excellence for the South West (with Exeter University), helping to form an exciting games development company (Stormtide) with Falmouth University and launching the world’s first commercial deep space communications service.
Speakers from within the industry involved in the Satellite Applications 101 session include Andy Williams, Principle Consultant, AP Tech, Avanti Communications, a leading provider of satellite data communications and bringing a focus on the environment, mining and agriculture market sectors Dave Benson, Regional Sales Director, Digital Globe. Joining them is Matt Cosby, Chief Scientist, Goonhilly Earth Station, Luca Perletta, Sales Engineering Manager, Digital Globe and Francesco Liucci and Adrien Muller from Satellite Catapult