Ignite Labs: Space for nature & biodiversity series

Join this hands-on and tailor-made event series ready to help you lead the charge in green finance.

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Ignite change by joining the transformative Ignite Labs – space for nature and biodiversity programme. Explore insights into biodiversity impacts, navigating green tech frontiers, and shaping a greener, more sustainable future.

This Ignite Labs programme is delivered in partnership with the Satellite Applications Catapult and NatWest.


In today’s dynamic business arena, acknowledging nature’s pivotal role—constituting over half of the global GDP—is crucial for us all. Green growth isn’t merely an opportunity; it’s a colossal $26 trillion one. The pathway to seizing this lies in embracing cutting-edge technologies—satellite and remote sensing data, AI, and cloud computing.

The challenge is crystal clear for businesses and financial institutions like yours—how can you actively contribute to biodiversity protection and nature-positive solutions?

This transcends surface-level ESG reporting, urging a fortified foundation, historical awareness, and a strategic move towards a sustainable, green future.

Amidst a deluge of data, the real challenge lies in pinpointing crucial data points. The World Wildlife Fund underscores that, in the next 3-5 years, satellite remote sensing data will emerge as the linchpin, unlocking insights into biodiversity impacts.

This isn’t just data; it signifies the very essence of future-proof sustainable business practices—a compelling narrative for companies looking to revolutionise industries and champion a greener, more sustainable future.

But, it isn’t only insight from data, it is overcoming the barriers to adoption including trust, authenticity and traceability of the data to ensure solutions developed can provide the intended improvements to nature and biodiversity.

About the event series

This 6-week series isn’t your run-of-the-mill event; it’s your business’s transformative roadmap. Armed with tools, resources, and expert guidance, it empowers you to seamlessly integrate insights into your products and services, tapping into the potential of nature-positive companies and assets.

We know that in order to ensure successful adoption of these new technologies they need to be designed to meet the needs of end users and integrate with their current systems and tools. Ignite Labs will show how a user-centred approach to innovation can set your business up for success by helping you shape your value proposition and develop your product/service to address the needs of your end users.

From riveting panel sessions featuring industry experts to immersive workshops, prepare to gain profound insights into nature and biodiversity impacts. Navigate the frontiers of green tech, transforming your work approach and innovating with purpose.

Who is this series for?

This series is tailor-made for the trailblazers and innovators:

  • Innovators in nature and biodiversity: If you’re developing a product or service revolving around nature and biodiversity, this series is your next strategic move.
  • Tech enthusiasts: Are you leveraging space, satellite data, geospatial data, artificial intelligence, or LLMs in your projects? Dive into Ignite Labs to amplify your tech game.
  • Fintech and Space Tech organisations: Ready to identify use cases or delve into collaborative opportunities with the financial services sector? This lab is meticulously crafted for you.

Why should you get involved?

  1. Data without doubt: Gain clarity on the data you need, understand its authenticity, and trace its impact. Ignite Labs demystifies the complexities, providing a transparent view into the world of satellite and geospatial data.
  2. Innovation unleashed: Ignite Labs isn’t just about discussions; it’s a hands-on journey. From collaboration strategies to user-centred design, this is your chance to reshape your approach to innovation.
  3. Funding frontiers: Position yourself for future opportunities including alignment with the upcoming Innovate UK Unlocking nature positive private investment grant funding call. Ignite Labs also opens doors to Design Foundations grant competitions and funding possibilities with ESA and UKSA, and relationships that pave the way for future growth.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to join a vibrant community of innovators, exchange ideas, and accelerate your personal and business growth.

What is the Satellite Applications Catapult?

Satellite Applications Catapult is at the heart of the satellite services revolution, driving the take-up of space technology, data and applications across different sectors to shape, and sustain, the world of tomorrow. By connecting industry and academia, they help get new research off the ground and bring new services to market more quickly. The Satellite Applications Catapult will be providing their extensive expertise in designing and developing geospatial data enabled products and services and will lead on the delivery of a number of the workshops during the Ignite Labs programme in addition to supporting with collaborative opportunities.

About NatWest

NatWest will be hosting the closing pitch session event and providing insight on their work on sustainable finance, nature and biodiversity and their requirements, challenges and opportunities to collaborate and engage.

The series will run from 22 February 2023 – 26 March.

*Please note, this series demands commitment. Carefully curated for individuals able to attend the collective event series throughout the 6-week period, priority is granted to those attending the majority of events due to limited spaces.

Events in the series

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  • 22 February 10:00am – 3:00pm | Oxford, UK

    The inaugural event sets the tone, introducing the workshop series and facilitating connections. Expect insightful talks, interactive sessions, and a roadmap for the transformative journey.

    What to expect:

    • Introduction to the Ignite Labs series in-person at SatApps
    • Team-building activities for effective collaboration
    • Keynote speaker sharing insights on green finance opportunities
  • 23 February 10:00am – 12:00pm | Online 

    Unlock the power of design in innovation and get hands-on with user research, understanding business contexts, identifying needs, and creating detailed personas to drive user-centred innovation.

    Dive into innovation and design concepts, exploring frameworks such as the double diamond, setting the stage for creative thinking.

    What to expect:

    • Exploration of innovation and design concepts
    • Understanding frameworks like the double diamond
    • Group discussions and real-world case studies
    • Comprehensive understanding of participants’ business contexts
    • Open discussions to identify needs and goals
    • Guidance in creating detailed personas and empathy mapping
  • 23 February 1:00pm – 3:00pm | Online

  • 29 February 9:00am – 12:30pm | Online

    This drop-in session is an opportunity to get live support with your user research. Our experts are here to guide you through the intricacies, ensuring your user research is refined and impactful.

    What to expect:

    • Experts on hand to answer questions
    • Tailored advice to your specific challenges
    • Further support
  • 6 March 10:00am – 13:00pm | Online

    This is your chance to present findings from the user research task, engage in systems mapping, and receive valuable feedback from experts. You will be diving deep into frameworks like clusters and connected circles.

    What to expect:

    • Present, alongside your cohort, on stakeholder research
    • Facilitated break-out groups for system mapping
    • Feedback sessions and real-world examples exploration
  • 14 March 10:00am – 12:30pm | Online

    In this session, you will define challenges, analyse impact, and create problem statements. It’s an opportunity to engage in creative ideation, develop a value proposition canvas, and receive valuable feedback.

    What to expect:

    • Identification of challenges and impact analysis
    • Problem statement formulation and creative ideation
    • Worked example and development of the Value Proposition Canvas
  • 26 March 12:00pm – 4:00pm | London, UK

    The grand finale where you will get an opportunity to present your projects, share insights, and celebrate the transformative journey. It will also be a chance to network and reflect on the collective impact of the series.

    What to expect:

    • Pitch your ideas and concepts to Natwest’s team
    • Final discussions and insights
    • Celebration, networking, and reflections on the journey

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