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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.

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How does it work and how to apply?

Space3ac is a 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, a 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 the Polish Agency for Entrepreneurship Development in the Scale UP program.

Check the rules!

It’s a fair game. In Space3ac – Terms & Conditions you can find all the rules.

Apply with your idea

You have time till the 31th of October 2017. Check the list of problems reported by our partners and find a 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 the acceleration phase will get 15 000 at the beginning. To get the additional funding up to 185 000 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 the 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.

Test drive

You have a very unique opportunity to test drive your solutions in State Companies. Try to change it into a “lighthouse deal” that will open the door for much bigger success.

PLN for the best teams

teams in the acceleration phase

international mentors

challenges to solve

Benefits

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 the whole acceleration phase will track your progress and help you with the organisation 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 the 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.
A 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 the 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 a company but you must finish that process 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 the listed problems you still may apply.

The team

Your team should include experts with multidisciplinary skills. We can’t help single persons.

Application evaluation

Evaluation of your application is split into a substantive and a formative assessment. Don’t forget to send all needed documents till Preparation Camp.

Challenges
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 the acceleration phase will grow if you help our partners with their pains.

Design and implement an intelligent monitoring system for control, steering, measurement and visualisation of the electrical power system for the Port of Gdynia
Design and implement a sensor / detector system for the measurement of noise, dust and odour emissions in the critical points of the port
Design and implement an intelligent monitoring system for control, steering and efficiency assessment of the heating system functionality for the Port of Gdynia
Design and implementat an automated accounting system for electricity consumption
Design and implement an automated billing and settlement system for rain tax accounting
Design and implement a monitoring system for debris changes (bottom sediments) in the main entrance area to the Port of Gdynia
Design and implement a maritime species qualitative and quantitative analysis monitoring system for the Port of Gdynia’s breakwater area
Design and implement a soil contamination identification system for areas hard to access
Design an ecosystem allowing to conduct simulations of industrial failures
Implement a mobile system for drone detection and neutralisation designed to secure mass events
Provide an IT system allowing to handle wheeled vehicle transport
Artificial Intelligence – solutions that use artificial intelligence (eg sales support systems)
Customer Experience – solutions that have a positive impact on customer satisfaction and building positive customer engagement (B2C, B2B) such as older education solutions that encourage and facilitate the use of Orange digital solutions and services, and self service
IoT – Smart City solutions (including intelligent lighting, transportation, traffic management), Smart Home / Connected Home (security, smart energy), Smart Car
Big data – data collection and analysis, data management optimization and ultimately sales growth, such as the detection of anomaly in Orange services / accounts, resulting in complaints from customers
AR, VR solutions to support customer service, education and automation of internal processes
Electronic management system for environmental laboratory – from sample collection through research to report for Gdańsk Maritime Institute
Intelligent surveillance of safe navigation in the inner harbor of Port Gdansk
Autonomous (unmanned) skimmer floating with oil separator, which routinely cleans water in port waters, allowing the removal of thin layers of spillage in Port Gdansk
Asset management system (including potential damage forecasting, inventory management, facility inspections, reporting, etc.) for the Management Board of the Port of Gdansk
Platform for sampling air in specific, difficult to access places of industrial infrastructure for Lotos Group
Satellite monitoring system of industrial areas with identification of anomaly of subsidence of buildings and industrial structures for Lotos Group
Design and implementation an application addressed to Premium customers, allowing booking of refueling sites and automating the billing process for Lotos Group.
Design and implementation personnel monitoring system based on IoT solution, designed for integration with protective helmets for Lotos Group
Design and implementation a virtual training system for employees prior to introduction into the physical industrial area for the Lotos Group
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 the acceleration phase.

Mentors of current edition

Katerina Lengold

Katerina Lengold

Vice-President in Astro Digital and co-founder CEO ImageAiry - first marketplace for sattelite data. Entrepreneur, space sector expert. Winner in Top-100 Innovators (2014) and Leader of Tomorrow (2017)

Giovanni Laneve

Giovanni Laneve

Univeristy 'La Sapienza' in Rome, SIA (Scuola di Ingegneria Aerospaziale), Earth Observation Satellite Images Applications Lab (EOSIAL). Aeronautical engineer and  expert, in image and video processing.

Vladimir Lukin

Vladimir Lukin

National Aerospace University of Ukraine Expert in digital image processing, signal processing and remote sensing

Sergey Stankevich

Sergey Stankevich

Expert in Scientific Centre for Aerospace Research Specialist in remote sensing, spatial analysis and applications using multi and hyperspective data.

Magni Johannsson

Magni Johannsson

He worked in project of suborbital plane Space Liner, currently engaged in building ecosystem of start-ups from space sector in Europe. Co-founder and CTO of Disrupt Space and New Space facilitator.

Lluc Diaz

Lluc Diaz

Business modeling and financing with special interest and expertise in space. He have worked in a high deversity of environments doing international growth, business development, business modeling, support to start-ups, among others.

prof José Antonio Sobrino

prof José Antonio Sobrino

30 years of experience in thermal remote sensing, land surface temperature and emissivity retrieval. Coordinator of several projects, field campaigns and cal/val activities organized by the European Space Agency and other national or international organisms

Maciej Urbanowicz

Maciej Urbanowicz

Founder of MURB Space, orginating from Warsaw University of Technology, experienced engeneer specialized in sattelite constructions , project manager, head mechanic and system engineer in PW Sat (1st polish sattelite, launched in 13.02.2012)

Marcin Zagórski

Marcin Zagórski

Partner in Black Pearls VC Manager and advisor with 25 years of experience in financial managing, start-ups growth and global scaling-up technological companies.

Paweł Gora

Paweł Gora

Programist who worked for Microsoft, Google, CERN, IBM Research, with experience in A.I. and inteligent transport systems. Leader of science projects related to parking spots and optimalising transport in big scale.

Martijn Leinweber

Martijn Leinweber

Community Manager w Space Business Innovation Centre Noordwijk Expert with international experience in social managment, business suport, marketing and communication.

Martyna Gatkowska

Martyna Gatkowska

Deputy Head of Remote Sensing Center, Institute of Geodesy and Cartography in Warsaw Project Manager, with experience in implementing projects for the European Space Agency.

Mateusz Kraiński

Mateusz Kraiński

European Space Agency, Robotic Engeneer Speaker with passion for teaching. For several years now he has been an active member of Toastmasters International and mentor in startup accelerator programs.

Michal Sobolewski

Michal Sobolewski

Mechanic-Constructor of the aerospace industry, engaged in Polish and foreign projects, specializing in space release mechanisms and composite structures.

Maciej Kwapiński

Maciej Kwapiński

Blue Dot Solutions, KWCopter founder. Specialized in Unmanned Flying Systems

Jan Musiał

Jan Musiał

Assistant Professor at the Institute of Geodesy and Cartography, Center for Remote Sensing. Specialist in the use of satellite data for meteorological, climatic and agricultural analyzes.

Radosław Kubryń

Radosław Kubryń

Senior Engineer in OPEGIEKA Ltd. An experienced IT programmer.
Piotr Wołejsza

Piotr Wołejsza

President of Sup4Nav LLC (creator of NAVDEC) Captain with 15 years of maritime experience, PhD in geodesy and cartography.

Krzysztof Bruniecki

Krzysztof Bruniecki

Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics, Gdansk University of Technology. He designs, develops and optimizes information systems in geoinformatics (GIS), navigation (including satellite), aeronautics and satellite imagery and programming of mobile devices.

Juha Ruohonen

Juha Ruohonen

Founding Partner at Superhero Capital Before he has been involved with several high-growth, VC -funded startups aiming for global markets. Companies include Supponor, Eniram, HyperIn, Upstream Engineering and Epicrystals. Total capitalization of the companies exceeds 20 M€.

Mateusz Kusznierewicz

Mateusz Kusznierewicz

Sports sailor. As experienced trainer and lecturer he leads company "Course on success". He has over 800 public appearances. He lectures about motivation, communication and personal development.

Maciej Winiarek

Maciej Winiarek

Entrepreneur, educator, trainer, tutor. Certified TOC Trainer (Level 4). Director of TOCFE INC for Poland. He has been running his own educational company for 14 years. Co-founder of the Non-public Middle School "Thinking Zone". Speaker and trainer during conferences and trainings in USA, Japan, Germany, Peru.

Małgorzata Tobiszewska

Małgorzata Tobiszewska

Expert in Team Building, Human Resources and building and developing business competencies, manager with 28 years of experience in manufacturing, service and consulting

Jacek Barzowski

Jacek Barzowski

Specialist in business, law and business environment. Experience in strategic and operational management in companies and startup companies.

Bartłomiej Glinka

Bartłomiej Glinka

Entrepreneur, Specialist in logistics, intermodal transport, business modeling and project management. Experienced in strategic and operational management. President of Omida Group. Founder of the Columbus Academy of Personal Development.

Marcin Kowalik

Marcin Kowalik

Manager of equity fund, consultant, manager and investor with 10 years of experience in the venture capital market, entrepreneur specializing in education, ICT, intelligent transport systems, quality of life technology.

Tomasz Woźniak

Tomasz Woźniak

Experienced strategist and visionary of projects related to new technologies. His first startup (mp3.pl) was founded in 1996 by a member of the board of directors of the fund, who invested dozens millions in projects in many fields (mobile payments, eco-energy, retail, e-commerce, hardware, biotechnology)

Dariusz Zaremba

Dariusz Zaremba

Specialist in electronic business and business models of new technology ventures. CEO of "Nokaut", specializing in e-commerce, strategic planning, business analysis and online marketing. Certified trainer for negotiation, communication and team building.

Mike Bradshaw

Mike Bradshaw

Evangelist for Solu (http://solu.co). Mike can often be found coaching early stage start-ups and entrepreneurs in the fundamentals of pitching. The one true way to annoy Mike, is to read "bullet point"; slides during a pitch (as bullet point slides are a crime against Humanity).

Piotr Bucki

Piotr Bucki

He helps companies and entrepreneurs hone their message and make better decisions. He always uses science based methods rooted in cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics. He puts theory in practice working with companies in Australia, Chile, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Slovenia and Poland. And he constantly learns to broaden his perspective.

Jarmo Kuusivuori

Jarmo Kuusivuori

An advisor and M&A expert with experience of over 40 acquisitions. Previously President and Managing Director of numerous international multinational ICT companies. An experienced mentor, who looks at startups through their valuation, development and investment.

Paweł Dąbrowski

Paweł Dąbrowski

The Maritime Academy in Gdynia, the Department of Geodesy and Oceanography, an experienced surveyor in TLS laser measurement, point cloud processing and 3D modeling.
Katarzyna Sidło

Katarzyna Sidło

1st political economist at CASE - Center of Analysis Social and Economic, expert at Blue Dot Solutions. Katarzyna is an Arabist and an economist, educated and gained her professional and research experience in Poland, the United Kingdom and the Middle East (Lebanon, Jordan, Syria).

Agata Hościło

Agata Hościło

Center for Remote Sensing, Institute of Geodesy and Cartography, Head of Laboratory of Remote Sensing of Environmental Hazards, Position: Assistant Professor, Competence in the field of satellite earth observation techniques

Maciej Król

Maciej Król

With over 15 years of experience in design, technology research, project development, problem solving and production of passive and active microwave systems, he has been serving clients in the USA, Germany and Sweden. Experience in managing an international company
Rob Postema

Rob Postema

Technical-Business Coach at the SBIC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands. A balanced overview of available space technologies, service provision and business models, as well as economic evaluation of business opportunities.

Krzysztof Kanawka

Krzysztof 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.

Nicola Musgrove

Nicola Musgrove

Ex-manager in ESA’s Business Incubation Centres (ESA BIC). Currently Marketing and Business Development Manager at Oxinet Ltd.

Adam Dąbrowski

Adam Dąbrowski

Assistant in the Gdansk University of Technology, mechatronics engineer. He specializes in machine construction and structural analysis. He has many years of experience in the education of mechanics and astronomy.

Jakub Ryzenko

Jakub Ryzenko

He specializes in space policy issues, international cooperation in space activities, the use of satellite technology in the field of security and system engineering

Mariusz Kacprzak

Mariusz Kacprzak

Head of Department of Remote Sensing at the Institute of Aviation, specialist in photogrammetry and remote sensing. For more than eight years he has been involved in operational use of Remote Controlled Aircraft (RPAS) in Poland.

Andrus Kurvits

Andrus Kurvits

Business & sales development professional and a team leader of the ESA BIC Estonia consortium. Last 5 years he has been involved in different technology startups and startup ecosystem development in Estonia.

José Manuel Delgado Blasco

José Manuel Delgado Blasco

He has been working on Earth Observation applications, such as land cover classification, InSAR, data fusion and change detection, since March 2009, He holds the position of Senior Research Engineer at Progressive Systems srl

Kartik Kumar

Kartik Kumar

Aerospace Engineer and Planetary Scientist, currently finalizing his PhD from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Systems engineering, preliminary mission design, mission analysis, orbital mechanics, trajectory design, optimization and modeling.

Tomasz Nadolny

Tomasz Nadolny

For the last 7 years he has worked with local government and government administration. Last 3 years he headed the Chancellery of the President of the City of Gdansk and was the Representative of Innovation in the Gdańsk City Council (CTO) as part of his duties was cooperation with Tech, Startup and universities.

 

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FAQ

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

September 2017 – application phase

31st October 2017 – end of application phase

20-21st November 2017 – Preparation Camp

6-8th of December 2017: Tech meetup-1
13th, 14th, 15th of December 2017: Business meetup-1

9th of January 2018 Investment Committee

10-12th of January 2018: Tech meetup-2
24-26th of January 2018 Business meetup-2

7-9th of February 2018: Tech meetup-3
21-23th of February 2018: Business meetup-3

27-28th of February 2018 Pitch training

28th of February 2018 Investment Committee
22nd of March 2018: DemoDay with Investment Circles

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