A startup based at Space Park Leicester working to eradicate agricultural waste has been accepted on to a highly competitive UK Space Agency business support programme.

Agri-tech startup Messium is one of just five companies to win a place on the agency’s 6-month accelerator Geo.

Messium CTO Vishal Soomaney Vijaykumar said:

“Messium is keen to develop into a major UK space champion and wants to thank the UK Space Agency for their vote of confidence.

“Being part of the UK Space Agency and Space Park Leicester ecosystems allows us to collaborate closely with other fast growing start-ups in the sector.

“This promises to be a catalyst that speeds up both our, and the industry’s, collective future growth and development.”

Being part of the programme will allow Messium to work in depth with experts from the UK Space Agency, its entrepreneurial growth and technical commercialisation enablers, funders and other organisations in the space sector.

Vinay Patel, Head of Commercial and Innovation at Space Park Leicester, said:

“We are delighted that Messium has received this endorsement from the UK Space Agency.

“Messium is using its expertise in machine learning and high spectral resolution image analysis to inform farmers precisely how to treat their crops for optimal results and minimal waste.

“We can’t wait to see where this support from the UK Space Agency will take them.”