The latest SPRINT roadshow event was held at The Open University’s campus in Milton Keynes on 2 April 2019. Local businesses, partners and University academics were able to explore how SMEs could engage with The Open University through the SPRINT programme to access space-enabled research, expertise and facilities.
At the event, SMEs were able to find out how to use SPRINT funding to support their business, meet potential business partners, Space Primes, SMEs and researchers, tour facilities and discuss aspects of University expertise that could help their business. The tours included the University’s Centre for Electronic Imaging and Space Instrumentation, and Engineering and Innovation – Materials Characterisation, Diffusion Bonding and Electron Microscopy.
The event was introduced by Martine Harvey, SPRINT Innovation Advisor and Regional Space Innovation Manager at The Open University, with an additional presentation from Head of the national SPRINT programme, Ross Burgon.
Martine said: “The Open University offers academic excellence, cutting-edge space research and state of the art facilities. Through the SPRINT programme, SME businesses can apply for funded support to access this expertise to help them with the innovation and development of new products and projects for space and any other key sectors.
“We had a good turnout of local businesses, partners and academic/research staff at the event, with some positive discussions about how The Open University can support businesses through SPRINT.”