Join the best equity free European downstream space accelerator and start your space adventure!
Do you have an idea how to use satellite technologies in the transportation industry?
Apply with your EO, GNSS, telecommunications or integrated application project.
Get up to 200 000 PLN in cash on R&D for solving problems proposed by big transportation companies.
Application phase to Space3ac ends in:
How does it work and how to apply?
Space3ac is 3 months long acceleration program for startups able to use satellite technologies to create solutions for the intermodal transportation sector. Our mission is to solve the problems of the transportation industry players by connecting them to startups with new ideas. We offer up to 200 000 PLN in cash, great international mentors, both technical and business, place to work and access to branch investors for each team from all over the world. You don’t need to give us shares in your business for joining the accelerator.
We’re supported by Polish Agency for Entrepreneurship Development in Scale UP program.
Apply with your idea
You have time till 31th of March 2017. Check the list of problems reported by our partners and find the way to solve them!
Work hard at the acceleration phase
Work hard for 3 months and develop your business.
Pitch on Demo Day
You have a couple of minutes to impress investors who would like to invest money for further development of your business.
Acceleration phase rules
Development plan and KPIs
Each team in acceleration phase will get 20 000 at the beginning. To get additional funding up to 200 000 PLN you must prepare the development plan and the list of KPIs with your team’s Patron. We’ll check your progress at the end of each month.
Some teams will fall away
We have money just for 20 startups and we’ll invite at least 26 to our program. After the first month of acceleration phase, we’ll decide which teams will fall away from Space3ac. For those teams that will be the end of their adventure and they won’t get additional funding from Space3ac.
Reporting and budgeting rules
We’ll help your company to implement reporting and budgeting rules to be more reliable not only for State Companies but also for the market and investors.
You have a very unique opportunity to test drive your solutions in State Companies. Try to change it into “lighthouse deal” that will open the door for much bigger success.
PLN for 20 teams
teams in the acceleration phase
challenges to solve
Technical GNSS, Earth Observation and integrated applications mentorship by ESA, NASA, POLSA and other partners.
Access to infrastructure and experts from State Companies that are interested to test drive your solutions.
A patron for each team for whole acceleration phase will track your progress and help you with the organization of work and meetings.
Early access to Opegieka cloud for space industry projects and preferential conditions of usage for 12 months.
Great networking opportunities with representatives of mentors, investors, industry companies, business, academia and public administration.
Up to 200 000k PLN in cash for R&D activities for each team in acceleration phase and much more of potential investment from space industry investors.
Business mentorship and customer acquisition help on every level from experienced entrepreneurs and mentors from all over the world.
The place to work: office + space for mentorship in GPNT and a workshop with 3d printers and other cool stuff for ‘dirty jobs’ in the O4 coworking space.
No equity for getting access to acceleration phase
Evaluation criteria and our expectations
You must have prototype or MVP
We’re looking for teams who have an early version of prototype or MVP of their solution. Minimum TRL level that we expect is .3
You need to be an entrepreneur
Access into acceleration phase is possible only for already founded companies (Sp. z o.o. or S.A.). You can still apply to Space3ac without founding company but you must finish that proces till Preparation Camp (end of April 2017).
Downstream sector knowledge
We’re looking for teams with at least basic knowledge of space industry and downstream sector.
Solve real problems
Check the list of problems reported by our partners and think on a solution for them. If your idea goes beyond listed problems you still may apply.
Your team should include experts with multidisciplinary skills. We can’t help single persons.
Evaluation of your application is split into a substantive and formative assessment. Don’t forget to send all needed documents till Preparation Camp.
Our partners are looking for solutions for some crucial problems. They not only would like to test your solutions but also to pay for them. Your chances for acceleration phase will grow if you help our partners with their pains.
Integrated system for traffic management.
Urban intelligent transportation system and the European transport network data integration
Mobile application for traffic safety and operations
System of sensors / detectors for noise, dust and odor emissions measurement
Management system for “logistics valley”
Baltic Sea water level satellite monitoring
Baltic Sea air and water pollution assessment along trade routes
Containers tracking from the beginning of logistics chains until the formal delivery
Security, operational and documentary control for fleet and hook-on working towards Scandinavian to cover the whole process of transport – road, sea and loading operations in ports.
Don’t forget to check for updates. Our list of the challenges will grow during the application phase. You can also apply with a project which is not connected to reported problems. Each great downstream startup idea has chances to get access to acceleration phase.
Last batch mentors
Prof Scott Madry
Global Space Institute
Executive Director of the Global Space Institute. He is the founder and President of Informatics International, Inc. and specializes in the applications of Geomatics technologies for regional environmental and cultural research. Long-time member of the International Space University faculty.
Coordinator of teams working on user and market uptake of space data, in particular for the Copernicus programme (the EU earth observation programme). His experience includes developing initiatives on data dissemination platforms, support to start-ups and end users of space data.
prof. PhD eng. Cezary Specht
Polish Space Agency
University Professor and Head of Department of Geodesy and Oceanography at the Maritime University in Gdynia. GNSS expert at POLSA with long-year experience of introducing GNSS services to Poland.
Prof John B. Sheldon
A Marshall Institute Fellow, and a visiting professor at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He is also Editor Emeritus of Astropolitics. Dr. Sheldon was program director for Space Security at the Centre for Defence and International Security Studies, Henley-on-Thames, UK
Business Development Executive with an excellent education and professional experience in broadcast technology (radio and tv), information technology and satellite communication.
PhD Pierre Philippe Mathieu
European Space Agency
Earth observation applications engineer in the Earth Observation Science and Applications Department of the European Space Agency. He spent 15 years working in the field of environmental modeling, weather risk management and remote sensing.
A space systems and metrology specialist with knowledge on satellite camera capabilities. Previous experience included work on the SOFIA observatory and HAYABUSA probe.
PhD Grzegorz Brona
Co-founder and CEO of Creotech Instruments. Physicist and university teacher with previous CERN experience. His expertise include GNSS and Earth Observation utilising cloud computing services.
Specialists interested in commercialisation, business model development and innovation & creativity management, knowledge and business network in the EO downstream market especially in Europe and North America.
7 years+ experience in strategic programs management area with budget of +40MLN EUR. High profile in designing business and operational models for products with extensive knowledge of innovative products and services development combined with business models for innovations.
Space innovations Consultant. Organiser and Coach of the Polish edition of the ESA Space Applications hackathon “ActInSpace”. Combining Aerospace Engineering and Business profiles, currently engaged developing of various Space projects in frame of ESA and H2020.
Driven professional with a passion for space, finance and start-ups. Thomas is the author of “Crowdfunding Innovative Ventures in Europe”, published by the European Union. Prior to SpaceTec Partners, Thomas worked for the European Space Agency and consulting companies.
Holds a background in aerospace engineering and has experience working at DLR. Co-founder of Disrupt Space and New Space facilitator in Europe.
Political scientist and innovation expert including extensive knowledge on Chinese space industry. Co-founder of Disrupt Space, New Space facilitator in Europe.
Former DLR space plane engineer, who moved to the space startup scene. Co-founder of Disrupt Space and New Space facilitator in Europe.
PhD Tanay Sharma
His interests span from space situational awareness, use of satellite technology for disaster mitigation and management to international and domestic policy issues that directly affect the space sector.
Dr. Sci. Sergey A. Stankevich
Scientific Centre for Aerospace Research of the Earth
Expert in areas of remote sensing methods, geospatial analysis and multi & hyperspectral imagery applications. Owner of approximately 20 patents for inventions and publisher of over 200 scientific papers.
Dr. Sci. Vladimir Lukin
National Aerospace University of Ukraine
Digital image processing, signal processing, image processing and remote sensing expert. In top 50 most cited scientists of Ukraine.
Pitching, marketing & communication specialist supporting projects and business plans. He provides communication strategies to companies offering on-line businesses.
PhD Michal Moroz
Blue Dot Solutions
Middle Eastern specialist with knowledge on GNSS systems. and international cooperation with regards to the space technology use in the developing world. Co-founder of Blue Dot Solutions.
PhD Chris Kanawka
Blue Dot Solutions
Krzysztof serves as CEO at Blue Dot Solutions and scientific advisor to Black Pearls VC. Leader or participant to several projects in the space sector. His experiences include cooperation with GNSS, ESA and GSA.
Blue Dot Solutions
Experienced Near Space specialist and CTO at Blue Dot Solutions, responsible for technical aspects and general architecture of the ongoing R&D projects.
Mick has over 8 years experience in building and maintaining business development strategies. Specializing in cross boarder sales, Mick is now Chief Revenue Officer at Brand24 Internet Monitoring.
Mike Bradshaw can often be found coaching early stage start-ups and entrepreneurs in the fundamentals of pitching. In his free time Mike is a Coach at StartupSauna, a co-driver with the Travelling Salesman project, curator of the Helsinki StartupDigest, organiser of MobileDevCamp.fi.
Michał is a Lead Mentor of the Starter Rocket acceleration programme. In the past he managed an internal incubation programme for Agora SA using lean methods and customer development approach. His previous assignments include managing a seed-level investment fund.
SALESmanago Marketing Automation
Since the beginning of marketing automation presence on the Polish market, responsible for building strategies of implementations and projects development. He co-developed the platform SALESmanago being the director of the Department of Marketing Automation Projects.
Blue Dot Solutions
Engaged speaker with passion to teach. For 3 years active member of Toastmasters International. Mateusz will help startups overcome their fear of public speaking and improve their presentations.
Black Pearls VC
Business analytics specialist at Black Pearls VC responsible for the veryfication of new projects, realization of the investment process and acquisition of new investment oportunities. Since 2014 involved in several hundred investment projects and over 20 successful investments.
Gdynia Maritime University Faculty of Navigation Department of Geodesy and Oceanography
Expert in areas of geodesy, cartography, 3D modelling and laser scanning.
Blue Dot Solutions
Expert in image and data processing. Software developer who loves open-source projects for engineers and scientists. Experienced user of Scilab software
Legal Consuel and startup advisor. Expert in commercial law with particular emphasis on the processes of transformation in companies.
Black Pearls VC
Hubert specializes in the area of corporate finance. In Black Pearls VC he heads the Department of Finance and he is also responsible for the financial supervision of portfolio companies.
Blue Dot Solutions
Co-founder and COO/CEO of two space industry companies. Organizer and mentor in the Polish Galileo Masters competition, Startup Weekend Space and unique, downstream accelerator programme – Space3ac. Expert in the transport engineering and GNSS technology.
Rebel Module Global
Graduate of the University of Gdansk: faculty of Economics. He acquired experience in the field of Controlling, working in Poland and abroad. During career executed financial control in shipbuilding, automotive and mineral processing area.
Black Pearls VC
Wojciech is Chief Innovation Officer at Black Pearls VC supporting start-ups with business modelling, effective project management and sales activities. Since 2014 involved in several hundred investment projects and over 20 successful investments.
For whom is space3ac?
We’re looking for new and existing startups, academia or scientific teams, alumni of European Satelite Navigation or Copernicus Masters competitions and other teams that would like to change the world using EO, GNSS, telecommunications and/or integrated application.
Do I really need to have a team?
A startup is too much work for one person so each additional hand to work is crucial. Each day will be full of meetings with mentors and hard work on your idea so you can’t do everything on your own.
How much does it cost to participate in space3ac program?
It’s totally free. We ensured that you’ll get everything that you’ll need to work and improve your startup. We neither charge you no take shares in your business for acceleration. Fair enough?
Can we do it without moving to Gdansk?
Sorry, no. Most companies that are the partners of Space3ac Intermodal Transportation acceleration program are located in Tricity area. During acceleration phase one of your goals is to test your solution in the real environment. Our mentors, either from business and from space industry will come to Gdansk from all over the world to share their knowledge and experience with you. Part of our workshops are mandatory to graduate from the acceleration phase, so you need to send at least one person to us. There is no need to bring all of your teammates for each business meeting or workshop.
We've already taken some funding. Can we still apply?
Yes, it’s not a problem for us. Our space industry investors can bring you the next round of funding.
Space3ac Intermodal Transportation roadmap
February 2017 – application phase
March 2017 – Space3ac hackathon
31th March 2017 – end of application phase
April 2017 – Preparation Camp
May – July 2017 – Acceleration Phase in GPNT
September 2017 – Demo Day with investors and start on Space3ac next batch application phase
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