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What is International
Space Pitch Day?

In an effort to redefine the process for contracting international innovators, the UK and USA partnered together to jointly launch the ‘Allied Defence Accelerator’ which continues the spirit of the two’s historic bond of combined defense initiatives. International Space Pitch Day was created to serve as the program’s “demo-day” showcasing high potential companies from around the globe. The event gave entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their innovations live to a joint UK-US panel of Program Executive Officers. The panel then selected up to 15 companies to receive a piece of a grand prize pool worth £800,000 GBP ($1,000,000 USD).

Of the final 15 companies, 10 were selected as ‘winners’ of the very first International Space Pitch Day.

Congratulations to the following companies:

Clutch Space Systems (UK)

114 AI Innovation Ltd. (India)

Clearbox Systems Pty Ltd. (Australia)

Cognitive Space, Inc. (US)

Precursor SPC (US)

Riskaware Ltd and Telespazio Vega UK (UK)

Rocket Communications (US)

Slingshot Aerospace, Inc. (US)

Spire Global UK (UK), Inc. (US)


This is what the schedule looked like leading up to the pitch day. It began with a series of webinars to introduce the competition and provide more information on the challenge areas and working with the UK MOD and US DOD. The webinars were intended to help companies prepare proposals to submit to become a part of the competition.


Official Announcement / Competition Document Released 

July 22nd, 2020

Webinar #1 / "Competition Introduction & Challenge #1 Deep-Dive"

July 29th, 2020

Webinar #2 / "Breaking Down Challenges #2 and #3"

July 30th, 2020

Webinar #3 / "Breaking Down Challenges #4 and #5"

August 4th, 2020

Webinar #4 / "Breaking Down Challenge #6"

August 6th, 2020

Webinar #5 / "Working With the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence"

August 10th, 2020

Webinar #6 / "Working With the United States Department of Defense"

August 12th, 2020

Supplier Registration/Participation Questionnaire Deadline

August 19th, 2020 (12:00 BST)

Preparing for Submission: Ask Me Anything

August 20th, 2020 (9-10AM PST / 5-6PM BST)

Proposal Submission Deadline

September 2nd, 2020 (12:00 BST)


Notification Sent For Down-Selected Companies

October 21st, 2020

Design Sprint #1

October 26-30th, 2020

Design Sprint #2

November 2-6th, 2020

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