On 21st January 2021, the application period for Space Academy Paris closed. We are delighted to have received 31 applications from 18 countries.
All applications go through a pre-selection phase to identify the companies that fit the specified criteria of the Evaluation Committee. The pre-selection phase evaluates the company with a focus on the company’s status, their stage of product/service and their market strategy. Following the pre-selection phase, the SpaceUp Evaluation Committee will use other European data and services from the likes of Galileo, Copernicus and EGNOS, to score the applications.
Selected companies begin receiving customised services prior to the Space Academy, for example studies of their company. During the event itself on 8-9th March, they will have the chance to have one-to-one sessions and receive advice from experts, in addition to the general workshops.
All of this is embedded in the Paris Space Week, which will take place on 9-10th March. Participation is free for the selected companies and the three best pitches will be presented live at the event. Open workshops at the Space Academy are open to everyone to attend for free.
The Space Academy Rome was held 9th – 10th December 2020, the third such event following successful Space Academies in Helsinki and Bremen in 2019. It was organised by project partners Cosorzio di Ricerca Hypatia and IASP – The International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation.
The initial call for start-ups closed on the 23rd of January 2020 and 10 exemplary start-ups were selected. In the light of the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns all over Europe, the Space Academy scheduled for Seville was merged with the Space Academy Rome which allowed 10 additional spaces to be created for start-ups to be selected and to access personalised services provided by the SpaceUp experts, with the final call closing on the 30th of September.
The Space Academy Rome took place on a digital platform which allowed companies to meet and interact with other delegates and experts alike, as well as attending workshops and webinars. The two-day event welcomed a total of 208 participants (including startups, experts, and investors) from 41 countries.
During the Space Academy, the 20 selected companies were divided into two groups and each of them attended a full day of one-to-one meetings with experts on key topics such as business development, IPR, funding and more. Each of the selected companies had also previously received 4 personalised reports (business model design, intellectual property rights, access to finance and human resources). On the other day of the Space Academy companies were invited to join other space tech entrepreneurs in intensive workshops on topics such as business plan development, crowdfunding, funding schemes with ESA, Artificial Intelligence, becoming investment ready and technology transfer.
The Space Academy was held back-to-back with the New Space Economy Forum on 11th-12th December, which welcomed hundreds of participants and where technical sessions focused on the potential of New Space in various sectors such as health, industry, agriculture and economy, others discussed the challenges companies face in getting funding and how to best address these, the vision for the next generation of ‘New Space’ from 6 UN regions, and the Italian space sector and the opportunities it offers. SpaceUp hosted a successful webinar embedded in the NSE forum, focusing on Finance for Space-tech Scaleups.
The selected SpaceUp companies were given the chance to enter a pitch competition sponsored by E. Amaldi Foundation and the Italian Space Agency. Neutron Start Systems UG won best ScaleUp and Picosats won the prize for best StartUp.
We look forward to the next Space Academy in Paris, 8th – 9th March. The call for applications for start-ups and entrepreneurs is currently open until the 7th of January. https://apply.space-academy.eu/calls/space-academy-paris/
On the 30th of September, applications closed for the Space Academy Rome taking place on 9th – 11th December 2020.
The applications will be evaluated during the pre-selection and final selection processes by a total of 10 experts. The successful companies will access personalized services during the Academy, including one-to-one meetings with international experts, feasibility studies and presenting a pitch to all attendees to the workshops and accompanying event. Thank you to all those that applied.
COVID 19 has put a halt to many events globally, with two of our Space Academies not being an
exception. We have had to postpone our Space Academy Rome to 9th – 11th December 2020 and
Space Academy Cork to 14th – 16th April 2020 whilst the world unites to tackle this pandemic.
Although networking face-to-face is on standby, we continue to ensure that our network and
beyond are still being provided with the best support we can give.
Taking advantage of the technology we have available to us we have been organizing webinars that
cover a wide range of topics with a variety of speakers, focusing on our international audience of
space-tech entrepreneurs and their needs. Attending these webinars allows you to gain insight and
information from experts from across the globe to help your business grow, as well as participating
in discussion and getting answers to specific questions you may have.
For those that cannot attend the webinars in real time, we have recorded (and will continue to
record) each webinar we hold, so that you can learn more on how to benefit your business at any
time. Through these webinars, you can gain both general business advice and information specific to
space-technology. Topics cover financial advice, legal advice, information on constructing the
strongest business pitch, business angels and more. Here is what we have prepared to boost your
company to success.
Check out our events page for more updates and to access the recordings.
We are pleased to announce that the Evaluation Committee have now completed the selection process and have chosen 10 companies to join us at our 3rd Space Academy and who will be provided with one on one talks and personalised advicefrom our experts. They will receive customised services before, during and after the event, as well as getting travel funding.
The successful applicants are as follows:
Asgard Space – Spain
CEDRION – Spain
Deployables Cubed GmbH – Germany
Lift me off – United Kingdom
Nantrack – United Kingdom
Neutron Star Systems – Germany
Picosats – Italy
Radian Systems – Spain
T4i – Italy
TETHYS Smart Farming – Rome
Thank you to everyone that applied and we look forward to seeing you in Rome.
In any case, all entrepreneurs are invited to join the workshops and the Primavera dell'Innovazione event (FREE!). For more details and to register: https://www.primaverainnovazione.eu/ .
On the 23rd of January, applications closed for the Space Academy to be held in Rome on the 25th-26th of March. We received 36 applications from 15 countries.
All applications go through a pre-selection phase to identify the companies that fit the criteria that the Evaluation Committee have set out. The pre-selection phase sees four experts from EBAN, Hypatia, 200 Crowd and the SpaceUp team screen the company with a focus on the company’s status, their stage of product/service and their market strategy.
Following the pre-selection phase, the SpaceUp Evaluation Committee, composed of 6 experts, will use other European data and services from the likes of Galileo, Copernicus and EGNOS, to score the applications. The criteria is as follows:
- Value proposition / Business idea
- Market positioning and market potential
- Business scalability
- Financial status and amp; business planning
- Investment approach
- Strategic relationships and partnerships
- Technical expertise
The 10 highest scoring companies will be those selected to receive free personalised services from our SpaceUp experts as well as one to one talks, feasibility studies, travel funding and more.
Thank you to all those that applied. The final results will be available from 3rd February.
The Bremen Space Academy held 19-20 November 2019 was a great success. Following a call for startups during the summer, the evaluation committee selected 10 high quality startups to benefit from the personalised services provided by the SpaceUp experts.
This process began with the companies being in contact with the experts (on key topics such as business development, IPR, funding and more) and following discussions each company received 4 personalised feasibility studies. The companies were invited to attend the Space Academy where they join other space tech entrepreneurs in an intensive day of workshops, and got to meet the SpaceUp experts in person, each company benefitting from 6 one-to-one sessions.
The second day of the Space Academy on this occasion was embedded in the large Space Tech Expo event with hundreds of participants and where a panel discussion with VCs and investment experts went over the difficulties companies face in getting funding and how to best address these, the promise of ‘New Space’, how it affects the conventional space ecosystem, and how New Space organisations can be integrated into more conventional ones. The selected SpaceUp companies were then given the chance to pitch to the space tech audience followed by Q&A with the investors and experts.
We look forward to the next Space Academy in Rome, 25-26 March. Call for applications for start-ups and entrepreneurs closes on 12th January!
The period for submitting applications to receive high-level services for the Space Academy in Bremen has now closed, and we are delighted to share that 51 applications were received from 15 countries.
These applications will now be reviewed by the dedicated SpaceUp Evaluation Committee and successful applicants will be contacted in due course to engage in communication with SpaceUp experts. The customized services provided to the selected companies commence prior to the Space Academy. During the event itself they will have the chance to have one-to-one sessions and consults with experts, in addition to the general workshops.
All of this is back-to-back to the Space Tech Expo Europe. Participation is free for this event and anyone interested can register for the Space Tech Expo and complete this form to attend the Space Academy general workshops (open to all entrepreneurs) up until 18th October.
On 3-4 June the H2020 project SpaceUp launched the first of six ‘Space Academies’, organised by EBAN (European Business Angel Network) in Helsinki, Finland. The Space Academy was a culmination of prior activities, stemming from a Call for space entrepreneurs interested in benefiting from SpaceUp’s expertise and looking to scale up and mature their business.
The Space Academy gave selected startups the opportunity to participate in insightful sessions on a range of topics given by experts in the sectors. Ranging from how to become investment ready or getting tips on how to succeed in your crowd-funding campaign, to analysing business models, the use of robotics and AI in space applications, to proposal writing (either targeted towards getting European funds or in approaching ESA), these sessions provided entrepreneurs with key tips to be progressing, each in their own field.
As part of the customised services SpaceUp provides, the 10 high level startups, as selected by the independent evaluation committee, were able to have one-to-one meetings with experts on a number of crucial matters, such as going over HR needs solutions, access to finance, or examining cross-technology solutions from space to non-space. All of this was in addition to this Space Academy forming part of the EBAN congress, meaning that the startups were interacting and pitching to an audience of investors and business angels, eager to hear more about the latest in space tech.
Over 500 people attended the international EBAN Helsinki event, with more than 40 delegates participating in the interactive Space Academy sessions and 10 startups selected to get customised services from Space experts and investors.
The next Space Academy will take place on 18-19 November in Bremen, with the Call for space tech entrepreneurs to open shortly. See www.space-academy.eu for more details and to apply.
Following the successful Space Academy in Helsinki, the SpaceUp project consortium was already keen to move forward with plans for the next Space Academy, to be held in Bremen (18th – 19th November). The partners met in order to review the activities and actions carried out relating to the Helsinki event and discussed ideas and suggestions for the next Space Academy.
The consortium also took the opportunity to go over various administrative matters and discuss progress and new developments in the project.
SpaceUp partners gained a lot from the Space Academy as well as the space tech participants and the Bremen Space Academy is already an event to be looking forward to.