2019 Winner Tom Walkinshaw


Tom Walkinshaw

BA (Hons) Business Studies with Enterprise 2011

Founder Alba Orbital

Tom established his company Alba Orbital soon after graduation, building the world’s most advanced micro satellites. Its first satellite, Unicorn-1, was built for the European Space Agency.

Alba was a Shell Grand Ideas winner in 2013 and featured in CNN's 2015 top 10 start-ups to watch.  It is now the largest picosat company in the world and thanks to Alba, Glasgow now produces more space satellites than anywhere else in Europe.

Named in Forbes Europe 30 Under 30 Technology list, Tom was also listed by The Herald as the 39th Coolest Person in Scotland.''

"It's a huge honour to be awarded the GCU Alumnus of the Year. I would like to thank the University for the award and to my team/customers/supporters at Alba Orbital for making this happen. Alba is the world leader in spacecraft under 1kg and our historic cluster 2 launch will put 6 spacecraft on orbit."