Please provide a short bio of your business
Open Cosmos provides simple and affordable space missions to help solve the world’s biggest challenges. Open Cosmos enables companies across a wide range of industries to use space applications and technologies as a tool by removing three main space access barriers: time-consuming paperwork, expensive technology, and overall costs.
By rethinking the way a satellite is being developed, procured, manufactured and operated, Open Cosmos allows its customers to benefit from significant cost and time reduction while ensuring reliability across all mission elements. This is driven by a mass-customisation methodology which covers all aspects of nanosatellite space missions, from spacecraft design to testing, from procurement to launch, and from mission definition to operations and orbital data delivery. Additionally, Open Cosmos provides services and enabling tools for rapid payload development, allowing businesses, research institutions and organizations from across industries to develop their technologies.
Founded in July 2015 by Rafael Jordà-Siquier, Open Cosmos employs 45+ people of over 10 nationalities and is based at Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire.
What made you enter the Thames Valley Tech Awards last year?
We are a new tech startup and have grown quite rapidly from the beginning, partially thanks to the support we have received in the Thames Valley region. We think our story may be an inspiration to other aspiring tech entrepreneurs in the area, so we are always looking for ways to share our story, inspire others and be recognised for our success at the same time.
What kind of recognition have you received since winning the award?
We have received many offers to speak at conferences and events, both in the startup/scaleup scene and in our industry, the aerospace sector. We were also selected to be one of 30 leading UK tech companies in the Tech Nation Scaleup programme, that we are part of this year.
How has winning the award benefited your company?
What progress have you made as a company since your success?
We have continued to grow at the high pace we experienced before winning the award, basically doubling our employee numbers every six months. Of course this would not have been possible without bringing in new customers, so we have been happy to announce new deals to build, launch and operate exciting new satellite missions. We are staying true to our business objectives, while learning a lot in the process.
Is there any advice you would give to businesses wanting to enter the awards this year?
Yes, just do it. Applying for awards like these offers you a great opportunity to showcase your place in the Thames Valley tech sector. Don’t be shy to highlight your successes, no matter how small they may look in comparison to ‘the big players’. Just remain true to your value proposition and corporate culture and faithful in the way forward. All companies have started small and have gone through success, change and challenges. We believe it is good to celebrate small and big successes, while continuing to work hard to overcome our business challenges, often requiring change to our plans. Applying for awards provides a nice opportunity to think about your success and of course it helps you build a support network of other tech entrepreneurs in the region where you are based.
Will you be applying for this year’s award ceremony?
Yes, definitely! There are award categories for different stages of growth and different elements of the tech business. We have gone through considerable growth and some exciting change after winning the ‘Emerging Tech Company’ award last year, and I am sure we may qualify for other categories this year.