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SpaceUp Bulletin - February 2021
Space Academy Paris
The fourth Space Academy and the second virtual one is fast approaching! After the end of the Space Academy Rome and the New Space Economy Forum in December, applications opened again soon afterward in order to identify more startups and scaleups to benefit from the EU-funded SpaceUp services. The fourth Space Academy will be an exciting interactive virtual event taking place on 8th - 9th March back to back with Paris Space Week.

After reviewing applications from space entrepreneurs and start-ups, the SpaceUp Evaluation Committee selected 10 companies to benefit from high-level services from SpaceUp experts. Preparation of in-depth studies has already begun, to give insight on individual aspects of their businesses such as analysis of business plans, their management styles and human resource strategies. During the Paris event, our SpaceUp experts will support these companies with advice on intellectual property, cross-fertilisation, technology transfer, financing, funding options and business model development.

Are you a European space-tech or earth observation entrepreneur keen on accelerating your business? You can still join us for the workshops in Paris. More information and sign up here.

If you cannot join this Space Academy, don't miss the final event that will take place this summer!

The 10 innovative companies below will receive specific individual high-level services from the SpaceUp experts prior to and during the Space Academy Paris, for free. If you'd like to benefit from SpaceUp services, keep an eye out for the next call and apply for the upcoming Space Academy!
Asvin is an expert in the field of IoT-Security for industry and it provides a distributed ledger secured trust solution for the Internet of Things (IoT), from deploying firmware, distributing updates and patches to devices and monitoring the firmware integrity during operation.

Bareways is developing tools to make drivers aware of the potentially life-threatening risks along their route in remote regions of the world. They analyse satellite imagery and data from vehicle and smartphone sensors with machine learning methods to predict how hard it is to drive on a specific road anywhere in the world. 
ConstellR aims to commercialise thermal infrared Earth Observation (EO) data essential to generate a sustainable increase in food yield. They develop an infrared (TIR) microsatellite constellation, HiVE (High-Resolution VEgetation Monitoring), and make the resulting surface temperature data available to help farmers increase their water efficiency.
Fieldy generates highly accurate crop forecasts across Africa to enable agribusinesses to plan their imports, exports and operations. To do this they use machine learning, satellite imagery and data from our free farm network monitoring service
Hawa Dawa provides an air quality monitoring and management solution with high granularity spatial and temporal data resolution (street-level, near-real-time) on a global basis. Their proprietary monitoring devices offer high-precision data acquisition for a lower price than conventional devices. 
HERADO's product is a Real-Time (Active Personal Dosimeter) system that measures, updates, protects and separates with high accuracy the different types of radiation measured as Gamma, X-Ray, beta, Neutron and Alpha rays. It adds value to customers by providing data management and cloud based device management SAAS.
In Quattro's main operations are in thermal management of high power electronics. In Quattro develops and commercializes advanced cooling systems based on the technology of two-phase flow pumped loop.
Klepsydra is a Swiss start-up founded in 2018. The company is focused on developing high-performance edge data processing software for autonomous embedded systems to serve applications in the space, aerospace, smart mobility and IoT industries.
Navato has developed a new technology to treat the surfaces of materials on a nanoscale to give them new properties, for example, better adhesion or friction reduction. It does not utilise coating but creates a permanent change of the surface properties on the quantum level.
PowerUp Fuel Cells OÜ is a producer of hydrogen fuel cell-based electric generators and proton exchange membrane fuel cells. The generators have many use cases in different industries. UP product range is zero-emission, compact and lightweight, operates silently, and requires minimal maintenance.
Space-related startups can apply to the ESA BIC Challenge until 12th February. Ten applications will be selected to pitch in front of an ESA Space Solutions jury on the first day of the Paris Space Week (9th March). To apply, startups have to send a PPT/PDF of maximum 8 slides (approximately a 4-minute pitch) to the following email address: There is no template, it is free for startups to present any information that may be relevant.

The 10 start-ups selected will receive some ESA Space Solutions goodies sent to their home (if they agree on giving their address) and will be able to send a video presenting their company that will be added to their Paris Space Week profile. The first prize will be a common prize from ESA Space Solutions and ESA PhiLab. 

Call for solutions to advance the Sustainable Development Goals using space technology. Presentation with max. 12 slides and a pitching video of less than 5 minutes in English must be submitted. 

​Space Resources (Enabling Study)
The future of space exploration depends on humanity’s ability to extract resources in space. This call will support teams to develop services on Earth today, which are relevant to future use in Space.

Space4Rail Open Call
Search for uses of space-based assets (satellite navigation, satellite communications and/or Earth observation) in innovative and sustainable applications/services:
    ​1. Related to future control, command, and signaling applications of the European Rail system;
    2. Improving the performance and attractiveness of the railway, both for railway undertakings and end-users.
Dates For The Diary 
  • Data Space 2020 - 16th - 17th February 2021
    • DATA.SPACE provides a platform for thought-leaders across start-ups, investors, decision-making, policy, knowledge, and data makers to network and discover the opportunities that space is enabling on our Earth. This international conference attracts delegates from a broad spectrum of data, space technology, sustainable cities, energy, agriculture, fintech and more.
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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