ESA Space Solutions Scale-Up Challenge

ESA Space Solutions is looking for high-potential start-ups with products/services based upon Galileo that are primed to enter the scale-up phase.

The Challenge

Over the years, many great ideas based upon Galileo have been translated into start-up companies across Europe. Indeed, ESA Space Solutions has supported many of these through its Europe-wide network of ESA Business Incubation Centres and other initiatives.

The purpose of the ESA Space Solutions Scale-Up Challenge is to support such high-potential start-ups to enter the next phase of their development – to scale-up!

Start-ups can be using Galileo to help plan, monitor, predict, and improve solutions in any sector; from transport to agriculture, and from smart cities to maritime.

Applications to the ESA Space Solutions Scale-Up Challenge are welcomed from start-ups across Europe – both from newcomers and from those who have already been supported by ESA.

Rewards 2021

Cash Prize
EUR 10,000 cash prize for the winner of the Challenge
Scale-up Consultation
Consultation on ESA Space Solutions scale-up opportunities for the most promising submissions
ESA Investor Forum 2022
Invitation for the Challenge winner to pitch his solution at the ESA Investor Forum 2022

Additional Rewards

Extra EUR 10,000 cash prize if your concept gets selected as Galileo Masters 2021 Overall Winner

Chance to win one of six tailored Galileo Incubation prizes worth up to EUR 62,000 each

Evaluation Criteria

The ESA Space Solutions Scale-Up Challenge is looking for start-ups that have already developed an MVP and who are looking to demonstrate this in the market and rapidly scale-up.

Innovation of Space Connection

How innovative is the use of Galileo and how crucial is it to the core product/service?

Scalability of the Business

Does the start-up have the potential to rapidly scale?

Robustness of Business Case

Has the business case been validated by potential users/customers?

Technical Feasibility

To what extent has the technical feasibility of the MVP been achieved?

About the ESA Space Solutions

Since the early 2000s, ESA Space Solutions has been seeking entrepreneurs with innovative ideas in using space technologies or developing applications to create new products and services in a non-space environment. Born as support to Europe’s space programmes, many technological innovations have turned out to be key to successful solutions for terrestrial markets. The transfers from Space to Earth enhance the know-how and competitiveness of Europe by creating new start-up companies and leading to new jobs and growth. The programme provides multiple entry points such as ESA Business Incubation Centres, where entrepreneurs can further develop their business plan and grow their new venture, the ESA Business Application programme where we support businesses from ideation to pre-commercialisation and ESA Technology Brokers that provides solutions to industry through access to a wide range of advanced and disruptive technologies developed by the space industry. ESA Space Solutions is part of the Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications as ESA’s door to entrepreneurship.

Contact

European Space Agency (ESA)

Matthew Edwards
Business Incubation Officer
Matthew.edwards@esa.int

How to Apply

1

Register to our secure database from 19 April to 19 July 2021.

Choose your partner challenge and enter all your details into the database.

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Additionally, choose a Galileo Prize as well. You can pick the Prize that best supports your business case, regardless of your country of residence.

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