4 Earth Intelligence Managing Director to Judge Next Generation of Early-Tech Rising Stars


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Bristol, 01 October 2020 – Mariam Crichton, Managing Director of international earth observation company 4 Earth Intelligence (4EI), has been selected to join the panel of judges for the Tech Nation Rising Stars growth programme. 


Rising Stars is an exciting competition for innovative, early-stage tech companies and provides a comprehensive support platform for applicants complete with training and promotion. Mariam, who has nearly twenty years of management experience in digital, media and geoinformation, with a specific focus on scaling up innovative tech companies, joins representatives from organisations including Barclays, Deloitte, Queens University Belfast and Edinburgh Innovations.


“I am honoured to be on the judging panel for the Tech Nation Rising Stars 3.0 competition. I hope to bring the geospatial industry to the forefront of the tech world, injecting best practice and entrepreneurial growth into the geospatial sector,” commented Mariam Crichton, Managing Director of 4 Earth Intelligence. “From my own experience, opportunities such as this, can transform an early-stage tech company with a comprehensive support package and the opportunity for successful applicants to put their business in front of potential investors, influencers and corporates. 


She continued, “As the Managing Director of a company that is already transitioning from start-up to scale-up, in a sector that has a crucial role to play in providing data for ESG (environmental, social and governance) sustainable investment decision making, my appointment bridges the gap between the geospatial and tech sectors, increasing the awareness of the powerful insights geospatial data can provide.”


4EI provides data for ESG sustainable decision making. ESG criteria are a set of standards considered for a company’s operations by socially conscious investors during the investment decision-making process. Particularly in recent years, investors are increasingly interested in venture capital which inlines with their own personal values, using ESG criteria to screen potential investments or when evaluating their current assets.  


“Now more than ever, it is important that the companies we support through our Tech Nation growth programmes learn from their peers as well as those who have scaled digital companies such as Mariam,” said Esme Caulfield, Competitions Lead at Tech Nation.


Applications for the Tech Nation Rising Stars 3.0 competition are now open and close on the 20th October 2020. Rising Stars 3.0 is a UK nation-wide scaleup completion, designed to be accessible to the best early-stage tech companies from all areas of the country. Find out more here: https://technation.io/programmes/rising-stars/



Robert Peel, Spatially Aware PR, robert@spatiallyaware.co.uk, +44 (0)1666 823306

Beth Wright, Business Development Coordinator, 4 Earth Intelligence, +44 (0)117 933 8562, bw@4ei.co.uk,






4 Earth Intelligence (4EI) is a specialist in earth observation intelligence and data services. Built on decades of earth observation excellence, geospatial expertise and data analytics experience, 4EI creates data products, services and insights that enable organisations to manage risk and make informed decisions to improve outcomes. 


With a focus on customer need 4EI designs solutions to solve core problems while ensuring data quality is proven, consistent and repeatable. 4EI has worked with government and commercial organisations, and leading academic institutions, to complete a range of projects including a new Global Air quality index, wide-scale habitat mapping and the use of machine learning for urban heat mapping.


4EI will focus on new sectors and technical innovations using machine learning and Artificial Intelligence to provide smart data for global environmental challenges such as climate change, pollution and population pressure. For further information www.4earthintelligence.com



Earth observation is the collection of information about the physical, chemical and biological systems of the planet via remote sensing techniques; in other words measurement or information gathering from a distance. Earth observation includes monitoring and assessing the status of, and changes in the natural and man-made environments. Techniques and technologies used for earth observation can range from floating buoys used to monitor ocean currents, temperature and salinity right up to sophisticated satellite sensors. 


It is currently estimated there are in the region of 2,000 artificial satellites orbiting the earth designated into separate categories or roles; including communications, navigation and Global Positioning Satellites (GPS). This classification also includes the overarching definition of remote sensing satellite which can itself include a wide variety of sensors, and therefore data captured, including imagery, radar and non-imaging sensors such as infra-red and hyperspectral. 


Recent estimates suggest that there are around 700 earth observation satellites, a staggering growth of 250 percent in just four years, which allows for the globe’s entire landmass to be imaged, in its entirety, every day!

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