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Space Technology Applications from Research (STAR) Accelerator


The STAR Accelerator, funded by the University of Leicester and the European Regional Development Fund, aims to help businesses deliver new and innovative products, components and tooling across all manufacturing sectors including space.


Work with the University of Leicester space and engineering experts to accelerate your design, development, validation, and testing of a new product, prototype or demonstrator or tooling using state-of-the-art knowledge, design and manufacturing capabilities and facilities.

This includes:

  • Computer Aided Design
  • Precision Machining and Measurement
  • 3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing) in metals, ceramics, composites and wax
  • Prototype Build, Electronic Prototype Design or Build, Prototype Sensor Design or Build, Testing and Fault Finding.

Free (excluding materials) or heavily subsided innovation support available for qualifying Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Other SMEs can access part-funded support through SPRINT or Knowledge Transfer Partnership programmes.

To enquire about Innovation Vouchers and working together, please get in touch by phone on +44 (0)116 373 6471 or by emailing Vinay Patel: