Satellite Applications sessions announced for Venturefest South West

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

Experts in investment for emerging technologies Catherine Holt and Andy Proctor from Innovate UK as well as Nicola Lloyd, Head of Inward Investment, Invest in Cornwall will be providing their knowledge in the Pathways to Funding session. Geo entrepreneur David Critchley, CEO, Proteus will be sharing his recent success at securing £1million in funding for his own project.

As well as Funding for Satellite Applications, the event will focus on innovation in Agri-Tech, Digital Health, Marine Tech, Creative Digital including games development, Photonics and Big Data.

An Innovation Showcase at Venturefest South West will host companies at all stages of growth exhibiting their innovative products, services and technology in an interactive area giving delegates the chance to touch, try and experience the latest designs from the region.

Venturefest South West also hosts the finals of Pitchfest which will provide technology innovators with a platform to pitch their business ideas to potential investors as well as Hackfest, a schools competition for young technology enthusiasts and innovators of the future.

Venturefest South West on 18th October 2016 at Sandy Park, Exeter is now fully booked. If you have not registered and would like to attend please visit and add your details to the waiting list. You will be notified if a place becomes available.