Info-Day of ESA support for innovation and business development

Along with the announcement of the next Spark Funding call, ESA Technology Broker is jointly organizing another Info-Day with ESA BIC Czech Republic and ESA Business Applications Ambassador (ESA BASS).

Together we will go through several of European Space Agency (ESA) programmes offered to help companies develop new space technologies or exploit existing ones. Start-ups, established companies, universities or lone innovators can receive support – but there is a different programme for each.

To help you navigate through these ESA programmes and choose the best one for you, ESA Technology Broker, ESA BIC Czech Republic and ESA Business Applications Ambassador will explain the details and conditions of the ESA Spark Funding, ESA BIC and ESA BASS programmes. This main part of the agenda will be held in Czech language. There will also be time to discuss your specific plans.

The Info Day will take place on 12 June at 9:00 am at the CzechInvest Agency in Prague. You can also participate online via the MS Teams platform. In that case, you will receive the teleconference link before the event.

To attend the Info Day, please register by filling in this form

ESA Spark Funding supports technology transfer from the space sector to the non-space sector. It offers €75,000 to SMEs, start-ups and research organisations for the adaptation of space technologies. The upcoming application deadline is September 5th.

ESA BIC offers support to start-ups up to five years old to help them get their business off the ground. Through ESA BIC, start-ups can receive up to €200,000 in financial support, mentoring and training, office facilities and access to valuable contacts in the space industry and beyond. The upcoming application deadline is September 5th.

ESA Business Applications and Space Solutions Programme (BASS) offers funding and support to businesses from any sector who intend to use space (satellite navigation, earth observation, satellite telecommunication, space weather, space technologies) to develop new commercial services. Applications are open all year. Businesses can submit a proposal at any time through the Call for Proposals for Downstream Applications or can apply to a Competitive Tender or a non-competitive Thematic Call for Proposals.


Space 4 Cities

Could space technologies contribute to city development? The first Space 4 Cities event was an opportunity to discuss such opportunities. Co-hosted by the TC CAS and the Ministry of Transportation, Czech Republic and ESA, 70 city and region representatives attended a series of space technology presentations.

Apart from ESA representatives, the presentations were held by speakers from the Ministry of Transportation, Czech Republic, CzechInvest agency, TC CAS and Czech Technical University in Prague, as well as by the private sector representatives. The presentations focused on proven space to ground applications, such as satellite data for city monitoring and development (GISAT), analysis of local climate for green and effective buildings (Let’s Earth), satellite tools for sustainable cities (World from Space), applications of drones for smart cities (Aleego).