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Be part of the Global Business Innovation Visit to Silicon Valley

Are you working in the space and satellite sector and looking to innovate and grow internationally? Apply to join Innovate UK’s Global Business Innovation Programme to Silicon Valley.

The programme will enable successful applicants to meet with investors in the sector and provide insight into the requirements of successfully doing business in the US market.

Delegates will have the opportunity to pitch to venture capital companies and attend the SmallSat Symposium 2019 to meet with potential partners, investors and customers. Find out more about the Symposium here.

Why Silicon Valley?

Silicon Valley is the home to many start-up, technology and data companies, presenting opportunities for UK businesses in the space and satellite sector to form collaborative partnerships and plan for future growth. The visit includes a trip to Los Angeles, a central hub for businesses active in space, satellite, infrastructure and innovation, to network and pitch with potential partners and investors.


Flights, five nights accommodation (one representative per company) and subsistence will be funded through the Global Business Innovation Programme.

Benefits of the programme

  • Participate in a bespoke, intensive pitch training workshop to refine your proposition and prepare for generating investor interest.
  • Access individual coaching sessions to ensure you are fully prepared for the visit.
  • Network with potential customers, partners and investors in the US.
  • Gain insight into what it takes to do business and be successful in the target market.
  • Access post-visit support to exploit the opportunities from the programme.

Hear from delegates from previous space and satellite visits to the USA


On acceptance to the visit, a commitment fee of £500 will be obtained from you, which will be returned on completion of the programme and agreed action plan.
Non-attendance after formal acceptance will result in forfeiting some or all of the fee.

Travel Arrangements  / Subsidies

This visit is part of Innovate UK’s Global Business Innovation Programme. For approved companies, Innovate UK will organise and fund flights, five nights accommodation and meals.


To participate in this visit, you must be an innovative SME, active in the space sector and established in the UK. You must participate in two pre-mission workshops to support with creation of pitches tailored to the US market.

How to Apply

To express your interest in participating, please click here to complete the application form. The closing date for applications is 9am on Friday 16th November 2018.

It is a competitive process and places are limited. Applications will be evaluated by a panel to select programme delegates. You will be notified of the outcome by Monday 26th November 2018.

For more information click here, or contact Bradley Rowley –