On Tuesday 21 February, techUK will host its first Space Tech and Finance Summit at our London offices. 

The in-person event, in collaboration with the D Group, will feature a Pitching Session, which will highlight the pioneering work that is present within the space industry. 

Hear from space start-ups and SMEs about the latest R&D emerging from the sector, whilst we examine the economic outlook for private sector investment into the UK’s space and satellite sector, the incentives driving access to capital and what’s needed to fulfil the UK’s ambition of a world-class space economy. 


 We are pleased to be able to include a keynote session with George Freeman, Minister of State in the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology. 

Other confirmed speakers include:


14:00 – 14:05

Welcome and Introductions

Matt Evans, techUK

14:05 – 14:15

Keynote speech

George Freeman, Minister of State

14:15 – 15:10

Panel discussion

‘Opportunity and importance of investing in UK space’

  • Mark Garnier MP, Chair of APPG for Space
  • Daniel Jones, Research Cluster Project Business Partner, UKSA
  • Sam Adlen, Chief Strategy Officer, Satellite Applications Catapult
  • Rob Desborough, Managing Partner and Chief Executive, Seraphim Capital
  • Peter L R Hewitt, Co-Chairman at Universal Defence and Security Solutions

15:10– 16:00

Pitching session

  • Space Solar, Martin Soltau, Co-CEO
  • PlanetWatchers, Dominic Edmunds, CEO
  • Satellite Vu, Anthony Baker, Founder and CEO
  • Odin Space, James New, CEO
  • Space DOTS, Bianca Cefalo, CEO & Co-founder


Close & Networking




The UK has set out ambitious strategies for the national space sector. Both the National Space Strategy and Defence Space Strategy outline a desire to make the UK one of the most innovative and attractive space economies in the world. What space tech innovation will shape this future? What cutting edge research and development will help sustain the UK’s competitive edge in space science and technology? How can this be best commercialised through the 2020s? 

At this exclusive techUK and D Group event, we will bring together some of the most innovative space tech start-ups and businesses operating today, showcasing the UK’s strengths in satellite manufacture, communications, end-to-end satellite service delivery, and high-end navigation systems. We will also explore terrestrial tech that has the potential to “spin in” to the UK space sector, as well as the emerging sectors that government has targeted for high-growth, from in-orbit servicing/manufacture to active debris removal.  

If you have any questions, or would like to participate in the pitching session, please contact the team below. 

Sophie Greaves

Sophie Greaves

Head of Telecoms and Spectrum Policy, techUK

Tales Gaspar

Tales Gaspar

Programme Manager, UK SPF and Satellite, techUK

Matthew Wild

Programme Assistant - Markets, techUK