Seraphim Space Camp Mission 3 startups revealed

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Seraphim Space Camp has named the startups participating in its Mission 3 accelerator programme, the UK’s first dedicated accelerator for global startups in the SpaceTech industry. 

Featuring seven new startups, the accelerator programme is being run from the offices of global law firm Dentons at London’s St Pauls.

The startups include aXenic, ConstellR, Hawa Dawa, Methera Global, Trik, Xonaspace and Veoware, all of which develop technologies around the space industry. Details of all companies follow below.

New corporate partners

Seraphim Capital also said that four new corporate partners have joined the Space Camp for 2019. They include MoD’s Defence Science and Technology Lab (Dstl); unmanned aircraft systems company, AeroVironment; ground station services provider, Kongsberg Satellite Services; and leading satellite provided Eutelsat.

They join returning partners Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Dentons, Cyient, Inmarsat, the European Space Agency and SA Catapult.

On joining the programme Steven Gitlin, Vice President of Corporate Strategy at AeroVironment said: “Participating in the Seraphim Space Camp provides us with valuable access to an innovative and relevant cadre of global entrepreneurs. 

“We look forward to working with Seraphim and its next mission to foster new ideas and capabilities that can contribute to our dynamic industry.”

Michael O’Callaghan, Space Programme Manager at DSTL also stated: “We are incredibly excited to be coming on board for the 2019 programme. 

“From advanced space technologies, through to state-of-the-art earth observation start-ups; Seraphim Space Camp’s deal-flow of companies has huge applications within the Defence and Security Sector”.

The Mission 3 programme includes 18 full days in person, and six corporate discovery days with Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Cyient, European Space Agency, and Satellite Applications Catapult. 

It also includes a series of workshops and one-to-one mentoring sessions from SpaceTech professionals, advisors, and investors, and pitch practice sessions. 

There will also be 13 Fireside chats and keynote speakers during the programme, which includes some of the world’s leading SpaceTech entrepreneurs and investors.

Rob Desborough, Investment Director at Seraphim Capital and Director of Seraphim Space Camp Accelerator, said: “We’re incredibly excited to welcome seven new startups to the accelerator. They follow in the footsteps of our Alumni, who have raised or had offers of around £20m so far, which is a fantastic endorsement to the success of the programme and the relationships forged during the nine-week period.

“We are looking to identify the top one per-cent of seed-stage SpaceTech startups to participate in the programme, and it’s always a rigorous process with our partners to narrow the applicants down to the final seven startups that have now embarked on Mission 3. We believe each of these companies has the potential to make a significant commercial impact across their specific markets.”

Launched by Seraphim Capital in 2018, Seraphim Space Camp is a nine-week programme, culminating in an Investor Day. 

The first two cohorts (16 companies) have collectively raised or had offers of around £20m in private investment and grants over the last nine months and have created 58 job opportunities since completing the programme.

Full information about the cohort members:

aXenic is a global leader in the design, development and production of optical modulators for communications and sensing. It has developed a revolutionary optical modulator which is a vital component to transfer high quantities of data through satellite links. Its strongly patented solution is a fraction of the weight and size of existing solutions whilst still providing greater bandwidth.

ConstelIR (Fellowship) is a spin-out from Fraunhofer University. It is the first company to map precise on-earth temperatures from a constellation of satellites it plans to launch. This orbital temperature monitoring system will be 3% of the cost of existing solutions without losing 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. Within two years’ traction with Siemens, IBM, SwissCom, Swiss Pos as well as 8 cities in Germany demonstrates that the company’s end-to-end solution is really needed by the market.

Methera Global plans to launch a constellation flexible and dynamic satellites, focusing all of its bandwidth to a small area of target regions from multiple satellites. Providing an increase in capacity which is 10 times greater than planned systems, initial customers are the likes of emergency response services helping communities who don’t currently have access to the internet - 4B of the world’s population.

Trik is an enterprise drone 3D mapping software for structural inspection with a unique platform. Its platform transforms the data into a customisable 3D model which can be updated on a regular basis.

Xonaspace (Fellowship) uses an XPS and LEO satellite constellation for extremely precise GPS systems, with early end applications including autonomous vehicles.

Veoware's vision is to industrialise the space sector so that hardware, software and data become easily accessible and rapidly available for the benefit of humankind. This is made possible due to its team of world-renowned experts with 100+ years of experience.

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