About Us

We are an ambitious team with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences in Venture. Collectively we have over 100 years’ experience, investing in over 180 early and growth stage businesses, returning more than £750 million to our shareholders.

We are also fortunate to have one of the world's leading entrepreneurs and experts in Earth Observation on board.  We work closely with our portfolio companies and always strive to create meaningful value and endeavour to ensure that the full value of our network and partners is utilised.

The backing of leading global corporates in the Space sector and the leading Space related Governmental Agencies in the UK and Europe brings significant value. We’re able to leverage their capital, industry leading knowledge and networks, creating an ecosystem that delivers real results for your business. From roots to market, sales and marketing, partnerships, follow-on capital, and M&A we can deliver value creation across the company growth cycle globally.

  • Airbus Defence and Space

    Part of Airbus Group, is Europe’s number one defense and space enterprise and the second largest space business worldwide. Its activities include space, military aircraft and related systems and services. ADS has revenues of €11bn and is listed on various European stock exchanges included as a component in Euro Stoxx. ADS employs 40,000 people operating in 35 countries. Airbus Group is also listed on various European stock exchanges.  

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  • Telespazio

    A joint venture between Leonardo (67%) and Thales (33%), is one of Europe’s leaders and one of the world’s main players in satellite solutions and services. Telespazio’s activities range from the design and development of space systems to the management of launch services and in orbit satellite control; from Earth observation services, integrated communication and satellite navigation to scientific programmes. The company employs 2,500 people operating in 8 countries.   

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  • Schauenburg

    A family owned, strategic investor focusing on industrial niche technologies internationally. The Group operates from its headquarters in Germany with a portfolio of 25 operational companies covering electronic technologies, plastics processing, engineering and industrial solutions. The company employs 1,800 people operating in 14 countries worldwide. 

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  • Rolta

    Rolta is one of the world’s leading geospatial analytics companies offering end-to-end solutions that infuse geospatial information and intelligence for a broad range of commercial, government and military sectors.  Its products cover Cloud, Mobility, IoT, BI and Big Data Analytics in combination with mapping, image processing, spatial data analytics and integration. Rolta is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange employing over 2500 people in multiple locations within 10 countries and has successfully delivered projects in over 45 countries. 

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  • SES

    The world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). SES has a market capitalization of c.€9bn, revenues of c.€2bn and operates in 24 countries.  

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  • Surrey Satellite Technology

    The world’s leading small satellite company. The Company designs, manufactures and operates high-performance satellites and ground systems for a fraction of the price normally associated with space missions. To date, they have built and launched 50 satellites for 20 international customers. The company employs 500 people operating in 2 countries. most of them based in its design and build facilities in Surrey and Hampshire. 

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  • First Derivatives

    A leading provider of data analytics products and consulting services to some of the world’s largest finance, technology and energy institutions. Its core product is a high-performance database for time-series analytics which it's looking to expand into the downstream space market. First Derivatives has revenues of £120m and is listed on LSE’s AIM stock exchange with a market capitalization of c.£700m. The company operates in five countries. 

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  • European Space agency

    An intergovernmental organization of 22 member states dedicated to the exploration of space. Established in 1975 and headquartered in Paris, France, ESA has a worldwide staff of about 2,000 and an annual budget c.€5.25bn. ESA runs various programmes designed to support innovation and startups through grant funding.

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  • UK Space Agency

    We are responsible for all strategic decisions on the UK civil space programme and provide a clear, single voice for UK space ambitions. At the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space, we are responsible for ensuring that the UK retains and grows a strategic capability in space-based systems, technologies, science and applications. We lead the UK’s civil space programme in order to win sustainable economic growth, secure new scientific knowledge and provide benefit to all citizens. We’re an executive agency of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, made up of about 70 staff based in Swindon, London and the UK Space Gateway in Oxfordshire. 

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  • Satellite Application Catapult

    An independently managed organization part financed by Innovate UK. Established in 2013 the Catapult is the center for the development and commercial exploitation of space and satellite-based products, services and applications.  The Catapult is based at the Harwell Space Cluster near Oxford, employing over 100 staff.  

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  • Newable

    A company limited by guarantee whose members are the London Boroughs and the City of London Corporation. Newable helps companies start, scale and internationalise. They are the UK’s leading Responsible Finance provider working with the British Business Bank. Newable helps entrepreneurs commercialise their innovation working in collaboration with Innovate UK and EEN. As a lead delivery partner for Department for International Trade, Newable helps businesses grow export sales.  

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  • Dentons

    The world’s largest law firm measured by number of lawyers, and sixth-largest measured by 2016 revenues. Dentons has global experience in the space and defence sectors, offering legal services on all aspects of business encountered in
    these sectors.  Dentons has more than 136 offices across 50-plus countries. The firm is decentralised and has no headquarters, although the firm’s senior leadership are primarily based in Beijing, London and Washington. 

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  • Aerospace International Research Centre

    A privately owned company based in Austria. AIRC recently launched Asgardia, an international coalition aiming to build a constellation of defense satellites and space debris tracking systems. The group includes a publishing business which produces a quarterly international space journal called Room The Space Journal.  

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  • Teledyne 

    Teledyne Defence & Space (TDS) has historically provided components, such as fixed filters, to the space industry for a number of space programs. In June 2016 TDS was awarded a multi-year contract with OneWeb Satellites to develop and manufacture channelised converters for the 900 satellite constellation. This opportunity gives TDS a sound footing in the space industry that will only expand and grow in the coming months and years. 

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