The new strategic partnership will promote funding and developmental opportunities for UK space and non-space SMEs.

The £4.8 million SPRINT programme provides unprecedented access to university space expertise and facilities. SPRINT helps businesses through the commercial exploitation of space data and technologies by offering funded access to expertise and resources from five of the UK’s top space universities.

KTN links new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through its network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines in-depth knowledge in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. The Geospatial Insights Innovation Network aims to support the geospatial community to engage cross-sector in the verticals where geospatial insights add value to the economy and improve lives.

The partnership with SPRINT (SPace Research and Innovation Network for Technology) will enable a shared engagement between the two programmes to highlight opportunities for UK businesses to develop and grow.

Luca Budello, KTM ‚Geospatial Insights said: ‚Our aim is to support businesses to pioneer broader access to, and smarter use of, geospatial data. This will enable us to grow new commercial services, providing actionable insight. We are therefore delighted to collaborate with SPRINT and look forward to supporting the space and geospatial communities to unlock the power of geographic data in the sectors where it adds value.

Ross Burgon, Head of the national SPRINT programme added: Both programmes share similar missions and visions, with a real focus on collaboration fuelling growth. In combining the network strength of the KTN and SPRINT we hope collectively to be able to provide added value to the business we work with and accelerate their business growth.

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