AI4EO, led by SpaceTec Partners, aims to build a community involving both AI and EO professionals, students, and other stakeholders, to develop innovative solutions to grand societal challenges through a series of challenges.
SpaceTec Partners is well versed in the theme of entrepreneurship, innovation and funding, supporting early-stage companies and entrepreneurs with various innovation programmes on behalf of our clients.
SpaceTec has contributed to implementing European policy actions, developing innovative support schemes for start-ups across Europe and streamlining investment conditions. We have hands-on experience as entrepreneurs, mentors of start-ups, as well as in shaping and executing hackathons, idea competitions, sprints, accelerators and incubators.
We advise policy makers with our in-depth understanding of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the space sector. Recognised globally as thought leaders in NewSpace and space financing, this knowledge extends to access-to-finance themes, investigating the funding climate for space ventures and developing alternative financing instruments such as inducement prizes, innovative grant schemes, crowdfunding and even tax incentives for VC funds.
Our team regularly supports transactions in the sector with commercial due diligences for leading investment funds.
The CASSINI Hackathons challenges students, researchers, and entrepreneurs to think outside of the box and develop innovative solutions using geospatial information from Copernicus Earth observation data and its services and/or positioning technologies from Galileo & EGNOS. Three winners from each edition will benefit from our customised mentoring programme aimed at advancing their solutions to establish long-lasting, sustainable European businesses.
The Farming by Satellite Prize rewards young innovators exploring the use of satellite technologies to improve agriculture and reduce environmental impact.
Code4Green brought together the bright minds of Europe to hack impactful solutions to real-life challenges using open environmental data.
Point.IoT accelerates European innovation with the guidance of leading industry experts. Combining expertise in GNSS, IoT, business and leadership together with a virtual and real-life entrepreneurial experience, the programme equips 10 teams every year with a robust entrepreneurial toolkit to solve real challenges faced by industry today.
MyGalileoApp tasked competitors to design, develop, test and launch a mobile application that takes advantage of the increased accuracy and availability provided by the EU’s Galileo constellation. The winning team was awarded a first place prize of EUR 100,000 to bring their app into existence!
Copernicus Accelerator, implemented by SpaceTec Partners, offers European start-ups, companies, students and researchers the opportunity to take part in a 12-month acceleration programme featuring virtual trainings, regular coaching, and two interactive bootcamps.
Access to finance is a key enabler of entrepreneurship in a European space ecosystem which has seen several transformations and advancements in recent years. From an analysis of the role of the public sector, to evaluating market maturity and sector risks, this report provides a comprehensive review of the European space sector; identifying gaps, highlighting challenges and providing a number of recommendations and potential policy actions.
The commercialisation of the space business is rapidly advancing – in particular in the United States. The creation of new businesses with significant private capital investment, the deployment of new technologies and approaches, and the convergence with the information technology sector form the basis of what experts refer to as “NewSpace”.