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MOD’s Defence, Science and Technology Lab joins Seraphim Space Camp

The Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has joined Seraphim Space Camp, Seraphim Capital’s SpaceTech accelerator, as the newest corporate partner to support the programme in 2019.

Dstl joins other high-profile corporate partners including: Rolls Royce, Inmarsat, Airbus and the European Space Agency.

The accelerator, now in its second year, provides inside access to the latest innovation within the SpaceTech sector and creates connections with global seed stage startups working in the sector.

The engagement comes at a time when Dstl is looking to accelerate the development of new, innovative capabilities – especially those in the space domain. Through its sponsorship, Dstl will be able to engage with Seraphim’s extensive pipeline of emerging technologies to address upcoming defence and security challenges facing the MOD.

As a partner, it will have the ability to develop proof-of-concepts and pilots, with the top 2% of startups in the SpaceTech ecosystem and determine whether these technologies could have real applications within the agency.

Michael O’Callaghan, space programme manager at Dstl, said: “We are incredibly excited to be coming on board for Space Camp’s 2019 programme. From advanced space technologies, through to state-of-the-art earth observation startups, Seraphim Space Camp’s deal-flow of companies has huge applications within the defence and security sector.”

Rob Desborough, Seraphim Capital Investment director and director of Seraphim Space Camp, said: “Bringing on the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory is a big deal for us.

“Not only are our visions very much aligned but I believe the startups on our programme will really benefit from having such a big player in the UK’s defence and space sector so closely involved.

“It will be a great addition to the high pedigree of corporate partners we’ve been lucky enough to have on board so far.”

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