New business opportunities come from space

This year the ActInSpace international business idea competition is taking place in Estonia in cooperation with Go2Space HUBs. The online meeting will be held on 13-14 November.

The aim of the 24-hour brainstorming session happening simultaneously in 45 countries and 75 cities is to invent new business models for technologies developed for space and for the data collected by satellites on a daily basis.

ActInSpace took place for the first time in Estonia in 2016. The winner Airsplint used materials created for space conditions to make splints lighter and easier to transport. The winner in year 2018, SpaceTree, created an application, which uses remote sensing data from satellites to effectively forests.

Go2Space HUBs aims to support the creation and growth of new space companies and invest in the sustainability of existing space companies. In order to pursue these goals training is provided, companies participate in growth programs, co-operation is supported, networking events are hosted and support activities are carried out.

Science park Tehnopol, which runs Go2Space HUBs, added mentoring lessons worth 6,000 euros to the space cage prize fund, which will help the hacking house to turn the ideas developed into a real company. “Space itself is far away, but the products and services developed for it are very familiar to us. A good example of this is ear implants that improve hearing, bed mattresses that follow the body shape or braces that are almost invisible on the teeth,” said Kadri Tammai, the head of Tehnopol Startup Incubator. According to her, the space sector is a pioneer of practical innovation, and therefore Tehnopol also contributes to the development of the space sector by helping companies with both business models and product development.

According to Andrus Kurvits, member of the board at Tartu Science Park and the head of the European Space Agency’s Estonian incubator program, the ActInSpace business idea competition is a platform for exploring space-related business opportunities and springboards for further success for participants. “At first glance, space technologies seem inconspicuous and distant to the average citizen. Our experience to date shows that, in fact, smart technologies and space-based monitoring data collected by satellites can be used to deliver commercially viable services and products. We are doing everything we can to bring the message to Estonian startup business enthusiasts – space technology is not rocket science and there is a space solution for every earthly problem, ”added Kurvits.

What can be done in 24 hours?

This time, the organizers have proposed a number of exciting challenges to solve, which teams can use free of charge to implement a more serious business plan. Airbus, the European Space Agency (ESA), the French Space Agency (CNES), the French Defense Innovation Agency (AID) and local organizations have presented their challenges. For example, technologies or services are expected to be created to set up settlement on the Moon or solutions to improve indoor GNSS signal strength (ESA patent: PCT / EP2018 / 063660). People with both technical skills and entrepreneurs in general are expected to participate.

The main organizer of ActInSpace Estonia is Tartu Science Park. The organizer has awarded prizes to the most outstanding teams, and the representatives of the strongest team will have access to the pan-European business idea final competition in Toulouse, France. If interested, all participants can further their idea with the help of mentors and apply for the European Business Agency’s Estonian business incubator (ESA BIC Estonia) in November, which supports the launch of the solution with 50,000 euros:

This year, ActInSpace Estonian hackathon will be held in cooperation with Go2Space HUBs and its main organizers are Tartu Science Park together with science park Tehnopol. Tehnopol Startup Incubator adds practical mentoring advice worth 6,000 euros from the top performers in its field to the prize fund.

Register for a space hack:

Check out the ideas and technologies suggested for solving:

The hackathon’s operating language is English.

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#ActInSpacePT2020: 4 prizes worthen 1K in services to accelerate your business

You can still sign up for Act In Space 2020. You have 24 hours to hack one of the proposed challenges, and present your solution to the jury.

This year Go2Space-Hubs collaborates with #actinspacept2020 giving you the possibility to win one of the four prizes, worthen 1K in services to accelerate your business.

If you are willing to win GO2Space prize, follow the next steps:

You are still at stake to win the Portuguese overall prize, the INFANTE special prize if you also choose Tekever challenge.

If you win one of these prizes you have direct entry in the GO2Space incubation program at the Coimbra Hub

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Go2Space-HUBs collaborates with ActInSpace

The ActInSpace international business idea competition is taking place in Estonia, Portugal and Spain in cooperation with Go2Space HUBs on 13-14 November.

ActInSpace® is an international innovation contest inspiring young women and men worldwide to meet challenges based on space technologies, data, patents and infrastructures to launch start-ups into all areas of our daily lives.

Designed for students but open to everyone, the objective is to foster entrepreneurship, encourage start-up creation and promote the use of space technologies and space acquired data to change citizen’s lives, to boost employment and to protect our planet.

ActInSpace® is a unique opportunity for participants worldwide to work on creating business prospectives for the challenges by the use of patents, technologies and satellite data made available by CNES, ESA, Airbus and all our partners to create start-ups.

The challenges are based on high-level technologies, which nevertheless are easy to re-use because they have been selected due to their potential for commercial applications. The winners of the ActInSpace contest will be awarded with amazing prizes, with the grand prize being a Zero-G Airbus A310 parabolic flight. However, the most important is not just to win, but to reach solutions ready to launch start-up companies, thanks to experts supporting all participants and teams round-the-clock during the ActInSpace contest.

So, GET READY to be coached, advised and encouraged by top technical and business experts transforming your idea into a winning business concept in just 24 hours.

Boosting investment readiness and building relations with investors

Are you a seed or Series A Space Tech company? Would you like to be part of an Investment Readiness Program specialized in Space? Register by the 6th of November to attend our Webinars for free.

Space is the new technological revolution and it is changing the way we live, work and play. The EU Space programme, with components such as COPERNICUS (EU’s Earth Observation and monitoring programme based on satellite and non-space data) and GALILEO (EU’s Global satellite navigation and positioning system – GNSS) provides critical infrastructure and Space data for the digital transformation. Satellite data is a key enabler of digital innovations in many application areas such as Agriculture (precision agriculture and integrated farming solutions), Smart Cities (urban mapping, planning and infrastructure monitoring, urban transport, waste management, …), Renewable Energies, Health (air quality and UV radiation forecast, …) and many more.

Go2Space-HUBs collaborates with the Tech Tour Space Investment Programme, designed to help European start-ups developing tech solutions in the Space sector or developing applications based on satellite data to boost their investment readiness and build relations with investors.

Why should you join?

Are you a start-up developing tech solutions in the Space sector or developing applications based on satellite data and looking to secure investment (seed or series A) in the next 18 months, then you will benefit from:

  • Live webinars to improve your understanding on the investment landscape for Space sector and the different funding sources and investment routes for space tech entrepreneurs (Open to all applicants).
  • Venture Academies with live feedback from investors and experts about your Business Model and Presentation skills to help you get ready to pitch in front of investors and better communicate your value proposition (Open to selected companies).
  • Get selected to Participate in an investor pitching event with a dedicated slot to present your value proposition and investment need to the audience and pre-arranged one2one meetings with investors (Open to selected companies).

Who can join this programme?

  • Start-ups developing tech solutions in the Space sector or developing applications based on satellite data looking for seed or series A investment
  • Investors and experts active in the space sector
  • Participation is free for all applicants but the venture academies and the Space Investment Forum are open to selected companies only


The program lasts for 3 months, it’s split into different online activities that will culminate with an e-pitching event (The Tech Tour Space Investment Forum) by the mid-December.

What are the Criteria for the Selection Process:

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts based on:

  1. Management Experience
  2. Product/Technology Merit
  3. Market Potential
  4. Go to Market/Strategy; Competitive Position
  5. Presentation Quality
  6. Business Model Clarity/Credibility

How can I join?

You need to register and submit your online application and an up-to-date presentation.

Contact for more information.

Witeklab and Tinkerers Lab -participants in our Acceleration Program- winners of the Galileo and Copernicus Catalonia Prize respectively

Witeklab, with the product “Underground precise pipe localization” TRENCHIP, has been the winning project in the GALILEO satellite category in the GALILEO MASTERS CATALONIA CHALLENGE , where 29 projects have participated.

TRENCHIP is an integrated system that allows you to mark, accurately locate and record information about specific points in trenches and underground conduits.​ With Trenchip you can view and keep updated information about your infrastructures from anywhere using an application and a Geographic Information System in the cloud.

This award involves participating in the Galileo Awards promoted by the European Commission and going directly to the European final which will take place in December 2020.

Tinkerers Lab, with its project HAToM, has been the winner of the Copernicus Prize Catalonia.

Tinkerers is a Geospatial Intelligence and Urban Computing lab where disruptive technologies are blended to create innovative tools, and it  was founded by 3 females fuelled by a passion for technology and entrepreneurship.

HAToM, its main product, is an immersive and interactive geospatial data visualization platform that translates geospatial data into a universal ‘visual’ language that everybody -irrespective of their specialization- can understand, and process data from multiple platforms, even in real time, and streams for unprecedented levels of insights.

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Meet the rest of our Acceleration Program participants:

Do you want to be part of the Acceleration Program 2nd edition?

Our companies have the opportunity of a virtual stand at South Summit

South Summit  is the Leading Innovation Global Platform focused on business opportunities and disruptive trends, that gathers together the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The companies participating in our Acceleration Program have the opportunity of a virtual stand at South Summit, open during one year.

Do you want to be part of the Acceleration Program 2nd edition?

Do you want to meet some of our particpants?

Some BENEFITS for being part of Go2Space-HUBs:

NETWORKING: Participants will have FREE access to the SMEBOOK platform (Premium Plan). SMEBOOK is an artifical intelligence based open innovation platform, that helps companies by providing a matchmaking algorithm capable of recommending partnerships according to their needs and interests.

TOOLS: Amazon Web Services (AWS) Activate provides startups with the right mix of tools and expert support so you can succeed with AWS while optimizing performance, managing risk, and keeping costs under control.

Do you want to be part of the Acceleration Program 2nd edition?

The Acceleration Program takes off!

Last September 22nd, the HUB Madrid celebrated the virtual welcome to the first edition (from September to December 2020) of its Acceleration Program, with teams, start-ups, coordinators, mentors and trainers.

Virgilio Díaz, Director of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support Service, Emma Crespo, Head of Entrepreneurship & Business Development of the UC3M, and Gemma Villegas, HUB Madrid Coordinator, welcome the participants and gave a first introduction to the program.

Some BENEFITS for being part of Go2Space-HUBs:

NETWORKING: Participants will have FREE access to the SMEBOOK platform (Premium Plan). SMEBOOK is an artifical intelligence based open innovation platform, that helps companies by providing a matchmaking algorithm capable of recommending partnerships according to their needs and interests.

TOOLS: Amazon Web Services (AWS) Activate provides startups with the right mix of tools and expert support so you can succeed with AWS while optimizing performance, managing risk, and keeping costs under control.

Meet some of our participants:

Do you want to participate in the 2nd edition?

Go2Space-HUBs at Startup Olé 2020

Go2Space-HUBs, have participated in the series of webinars organized by Startup Olé 2020, one of the most important events for technology entrepreneurs in Spain.

Go2Space-HUBs was represented by Gemma Villegas, from the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Service of the UC3M, and the managing director of Madrid Aerospace Cluster, Carlos Romero, partner of the project, who participated in the online seminar ‘Entrepreneurship and Space in Go2Space-HUBs: Calls for star-ups and mentors’.

The webinar, moderated by Emma Crespo, from UC3M’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Service, was focused on publicizing the opportunities that the Go2Space-HUBs represents for entrepreneurs in the space sector.

In this regard, Romero said that the main objective of the project is “to generate support services for space entrepreneurship similar to those that exist in other sectors.” And he added: “The goal of Go2Space-HUBs is to become a reference actor.”

Villegas explained that the project has three Hubs in Madrid, Coimbra (Portugal) and Tallin (Estonia) and: “From HUB Madrid we propose an acceleration program, we take care of supporting and accompanying companies of a certain degree of maturity that want to continue growing ”.

Go2Space Acceleration program

The first edition of the Go2Space-HUBs acceleration program will begin in September and, for 3 months, the selected companies will have access to extensive online training and individual mentoring on issues such as knowledge and adjustment to the space market, channels and opportunities. financing and strengthening of technological bases.

The program is aimed at entrepreneurs and start-ups working in the space sector in the areas of digitization, sustainable development goals, space technology, and defense and security.

You can find more information about our Acceleration Program here.

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Go2Space-HUBs has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870370.

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Go2Space-HUBs in an initiative within the framework of CASSINI programme.