Space Industries Accelerator

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Fast Company predict that there will be thousands of private space companies started in the next decade. Some of the most ambitious and high value start-ups are likely to develop in space-related industries and the University of Leicester is dedicated to being at the forefront of UK space innovation. 

Space entrepreneurship isn’t just about putting on an astronaut suit and leaving the atmosphere – there are opportunities in everything from tourism, to GPS technologies, to scientific research and even zero gravity baking.  

We deliver a comprehensive range of events and activities to give you all of the tools and knowledge you need to develop your ideas successfully, whether it is directly or indirectly related to the space sector. 

Space Industries Accelerator 

Our Space Industries Accelerator is based at the Leicester Innovation Hub, is funded by the UK Space Agency and forms part of our Leicester Start-up Accelerator. 

Its mission is to identify and support aspiring entrepreneurs to develop and transform their ideas and innovations into ready to launch start-ups. 

Through business incubation support, you are guided on all aspects of planning and starting a business from feasibility and finance, planning and prototyping, intellectual property and company law through to marketing, public relations, sales strategies and tactics for maximising future growth.

Support available includes access to: 

  • Training (through our Business Ignition Programme
  • Coaching/Mentoring/Entrepreneurs in Residence 
  • Access to academic experts in the field of space  
  • Access to Local, Regional and International space networks  
  • Seed funding and investment opportunities 
  • Workspace, including hot desking, meeting rooms and training space   
  • Online Resource Centre


We’re looking for the best and brightest future entrepreneurs working on ideas related to space - anyone who is innovative, creative, passionate and committed.    

How to apply

Apply by completing our short introduction form.  

How else can we can help? 

Ideation Workshops
Hear from inspiring guest speakers working at the heart of the space industries, meet like-minded people and work in groups to explore the sector and new ideas which could become the next ‘space unicorn’!  

Data Hackathons
Collaborate with data experts, programmers and fellow problem solvers from a variety of backgrounds to identify and build innovative uses for new data sets. 

Launchpad Start-up Weekends
Build, test and pitch your ideas at this highly interactive 3 day event. You’ll network with like-minded people and meet potential co-founders and entrepreneur mentors whilst learning new skills. 

Our workshops run throughout the year and will open for booking from autumn 2018.  To find out more or express your interest in joining any of our events email