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SETsquared and UK Space Agency bring big data experts to entrepreneurs and start-ups in Exeter

Where: Exeter Science Park, Babbage Way, Clyst Honiton, Exeter EX5 2FN

When: Day, 4 November from 5.30-8pm

Entrepreneurs, start-ups and businesses from the South West are being urged to learn about opportunities in ‘big data’ at a free networking event in Exeter next month.

The event, called Next Tech Wave, is being jointly held by SETsquared, Europe’s top university business incubator, and the UK Space Agency and will bring together some of the country’s leading space related big data SMEs to explore opportunities for start-ups developing new infrastructure, software and services.

Big data has a £10billion global market, including next generation opportunities within the Internet of Things, retail and health research sectors.

Colin Baldwin, UK Space Gateway programme manager at the UK Space Agency, said: “Many companies wouldn’t necessarily think of the space sector as an answer to help them with developing technology, but we want to show what working with the sector can do for businesses. We want to encourage as many entrepreneurs as possible to take advantage of the opportunity to incorporate this exciting new technology into their start-ups in ways they might not have considered.”

Simon Bond, innovation director at SETsquared, said: “This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs, innovators and businesses from across the South West to understand how space data can be used to develop products and services. Our hand-picked panel and selection of speakers includes representatives from companies which are all leading the way with big data and are well-placed to explain the opportunities to innovative start-ups and entrepreneurs.

“There are some great chances for business here, especially as far as big data analytics go. It gives us access to new sources of information including sensors, website visits, open data and satellite-sourced information and imagery.”

Robin Jackson, centre director at SETsquared’s innovation centre in Exeter, said: “The Next Tech Wave event is a wonderful addition to a season of entrepreneurial events in the city, ranging from November’s Startup Weekend to SETsquared’s Entrepreneurship Programme and the Castle Demo nights.”

The event is happening on Wednesday 4 November, from 5.30-8pm, at the newly-opened Exeter Science Park and is free for entrepreneurs, investors, start-ups, innovation advisors and tech companies.

People wanting to register a place should visit:‘connected’-big-data-1


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