Agenda - Edinburgh

The Space Investment Forum Edinburgh took place on 30 January 2024. The agenda for the event is published here for your information should you be considering attending the Leeds event on 26 March, which will follow a similar agenda, but with a number of new speakers.

The agenda for the Leeds event will be published shortly.

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Agenda for the Space Investment Forum, Edinburgh

08:30 – 09:15

Registration, tea and coffee

09:15 – 09:25
Welcome from UK Space Agency
Future Markets Lead
UK Space Agency 
09:25 – 09:35
Opening Address
Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Small Business, Innovation, Tourism and Trade
09:35 – 10:00

Unlocking Space for Investment

The UK Space Agency will present its Unlocking Space for Investment programme that aims to build an end-to-end business development and access to finance offer to enable a complete journey of growth for space companies. 

Unlocking Space for Investment – GOV.UK (

10:00 – 10:45

PANEL 1 – Demystifying Space: an overview of the space sector in 2024

Our expert panellists will provide insights into the changing nature of the space sector, describing how the business model of the sector has changed and opened up the market. They will discuss which missions and capabilities are trending and emerging, and explain the economic and social benefits that the space sector brings to Earth.


Mandy Rhodes, Managing Director, Holyrood Communications & Editor, Holyrood Magazine


Craig Brown, Investment Director, UK Space Agency

Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Small Business, Innovation, Tourism and Trade

Philip Thomas, Head of Scale Up Programme Division, European Space Agency 

10:45 – 11:15
Refreshment break
11:15 – 12:00

PANEL 2 – Making It In Space: how changes to the space manufacturing sector will change the space investment landscape.

Industry experts will explore what the future holds for space manufacturing, both on the ground and in orbit. They will show how a move towards mass fabrication of spacecraft will drive costs down further, increase flexibility and functionality, and the implications of this upon returns upon investments.


Craig Clark MBE, Professor of Practice for Space, Strathclyde University 


Yvette Hopkins, Chair of the Board, Craft Prospect

Richard Lowe, Technical Services Director, Satellite Applications Catapult 

Alan Thompson, Head of Government Affairs, Skyrora 

12:00 – 12:45

PANEL 3 – Pitching Space: What makes a space business viable?

Our panel will describe their experiences in evaluating the health of space businesses, in raising capital, and the role of the Agency and wider stakeholder network in providing the optimum conditions for investment in the UK space sector.


Bod Buckby, Head of UK Primary Markets – North, London Stock Exchange


Catriona Chambers, Technical Director, Alpine Space Ventures

Sanjeev Gordhan, General Partner, Type One Ventures

Dr Chris Magazzeni, Associate, IQ Capital

Simon Reid, Managing Director, UK branch of D-Orbit

12:45 – 1:45  
BREAK – Networking Lunch
1:45 – 2:45
Live Pitches
View details of the 12 companies pitching here.
2:45 – 4:45
Pre-arranged 1-2-1 meetings and networking
Sponsored by Marks & Clerk 
4:45 – 5:15
Keynote Presentation
Reserve Astronaut and Exploration Commercialisation Lead
UK Space Agency
5:15 – 5:30

Closing remarks for the day

From UK Space Agency

5:30 – 7:00

Drinks Reception