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SpaceUp Bulletin: Space Academy Paris 2021
Participate in our workshops online - FREE

Our fourth Space Academy is just around the corner! 

Taking place this Monday on 8th March you can still register for free for the 6 open sessions run by experts on relevant topics such as crowdfunding, latest technology trends, technology transfer, the European space sector, funding options and business model development.

Apart from the open workshops, your company will be able to network and set up B2B meetings with other companies and relevant institutions from all over Europe.

We will also have a panel session during Paris Space Week "From space to earth: investing in downstream applications" at 11.00 on 9th March.

We hope to see you there!

European Space Ecosystem: Doing Business with ESA
Jens Kauffmann
Head of the SME and Industry Analytics Section

The objective of this workshop is to provide the participants with a comprehensive overview of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) industrial policy and its electronic tendering systems. The presentation will primarily focus on how to write a good technical proposal in response to an ESA ITT. The two main questions, i.e. “What are the elements of a good technical proposal?” and “How to elaborate a good technical proposal?” will be tackled.  Participants willing to submit a proposal to ESA will have the opportunity to discuss their project/product/idea with the group and to receive feedback from the other participants.
How to Succeed in Your Crowdfunding Campaign
Matteo Masserdoti
Founder & CEO at Two Hundred

The workshop will drive the participants through the different categories of crowdfunding in order to understand which type is more appropriate for the company. As a crowdfunding campaign to be successful involves many different activities, we’ll provide an extensive explanation of what is the documentation needed to prepare in advance and the knowledge required. Most of crowdfunding campaign fails because of too much improvisation, so we’ll provide information about planning and related activities. In order to increase the usefulness of the presentation, we’ll provide case studies from successful campaigns in different crowdfunding categories.


Becoming Investment Ready
Candace Johnson
Satellite Serial Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and EBAN President Emeritus

The workshop aims to give concrete tips on helping space tech entrepreneurs to improve their business strategy and to present their business to investors in a better way.
All three parts of this frontal module will include discussions on the following topics:
-        The investment and life cycle of an idea/start-up
-        Business modelling and mentoring
-        Where to look for investors
-        How to approach and address investors
-        Different types of investors and how to pitch to them in different ways
-        What is the mindset of early stage investors?
-       What is a Business Angel? How does a Business Angel evaluate a start-up?
This will be followed by a Q&A session where the entrepreneurs attending the workshops can ask specific questions about their business and understand how to improve their situation in order to increase their opportunity to get funded.


Business Model Discovery
Markus Will
Head of Competence Center Knowledge Management at Fraunhofer

The module is intended to educate participants on the importance of the business model concept and on the benefits of applying it in practice. Beyond, established approaches for analyzing and developing an organisation’s business model are outlined and underpinned by real-world cases. The workshop will be held as a seminar, following a trainer-centred method, considering a slot of Q&A at the end of each thematic block.

Latest Trends, Deep Learning and AI Engineering
Angelo Dalli

Computer Scientist Specialising in Artificial Intellignece, a Serial Entrepreneur, and Business Angel Investor

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasingly making inroads in space-tech applications. During this one-hour SpaceUp workshop, find out from AI expert Angelo Dalli how artificial intelligence is impacting both the space sector and on-Earth businesses with space-technologies such as agriculture and security. Learn about the vision for the future of AI in space-tech and the catalyser approach that it can enable, leading to better choices for better projects and quality of life.

Technology Transfer & Innovation Opportunities
Andrea Maria Ferrari

Engineering Manager at the ESA
The workshop is intended to give participants an overview of what is the meaning of technology transfer and what possibilities it can offer in EU and in ESA and how innovation is considered in H2020 proposals. A specific overview on how the EU and ESA can support start-up in this kind of innovation process will be provided.


Access to Finance Through Credit Passport
Fabio Pasinetti
Financial Analyst at IBS Consulting & ACF

Stefan Caliman
EU Project Manager at IBS Consulting & ACF

Andrea Boffi
Senior EU Project Manager at IBS Consulting & ACF


Cross - fertilisation
Eleonora Lombardi
Industrial Policy and Technology Transfer Manager at Fondazione E. Amaldi


Finance for Innovation
Fabio Biscotti
CEO of SVC Consulting Srl


HR Needs Solutions
Rossella Ricco
Senior Consultant at OD&M Consulting


Meeting Business Angels
Charles Sidman
Senior Consultant at OD&M Consulting


Business Models Analysis
Katrin Singer
Research Associate at Fraunhofer IPK
Have a headstart applying for the final Space Academy!
If you want to access personalised services and one to one meetings with SpaceUp experts, apply to the next Space Academy Europe on 16-18th June 2021 before 11th April 2021. 10 selected companies will be given:
  • 4 In-depth report studies of their companies and their proposed services/products focusing on aspects such as the business model design, intellectual property rights, access to finance and human resources;
  • 6 customised one-to-one meetings with international experts;
  • A pitching slot on Day 2 of the Space Academy (embedded into the main event);
The registration page will be published on our website next week.
ThisEUemblem project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 776356. The content of this newsletter reflects only the author’s view. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.
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