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.
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 30th of April 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.
Intelligent Traffic Management System for the Port of Gdansk
Sensor / detector system for measurement of noise, dustiness and odor emissions in the critical points of the port
Visualization of Port space linked with Spatial Information System
Visualization of investment zones including terrestrial and underground infrastructure including geological information
Baltic Sea water level satellite monitoring
Baltic Sea air and water pollution assessment along trade routes based on satellite data
Electronic management system fo the environment laboratory – from sampling to testing and reporting
Containers tracking from the beginning of logistics chains until the formal delivery, regardless of the mode of transport and the type of transshipment
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.
Mentors of current edition
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)
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.
National Aerospace University of Ukraine Expert in digital image processing, signal processing and remote sensing
Expert in Scientific Centre for Aerospace Research Specialist in remote sensing, spatial analysis and applications using multi and hyperspective data.
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.
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
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
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)
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.
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.
Community Manager w Space Business Innovation Centre Noordwijk Expert with international experience in social managment, business suport, marketing and communication.
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.
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.
Mechanic-Constructor of the aerospace industry, engaged in Polish and foreign projects, specializing in space release mechanisms and composite structures.
Blue Dot Solutions, KWCopter founder. Specialized in Unmanned Flying Systems
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.
President of Sup4Nav LLC (creator of NAVDEC) Captain with 15 years of maritime experience, PhD in geodesy and cartography.
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.
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€.
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.
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.
Expert in Team Building, Human Resources and building and developing business competencies, manager with 28 years of experience in manufacturing, service and consulting
Specialist in business, law and business environment. Experience in strategic and operational management in companies and startup companies.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
Ex-manager in ESA’s Business Incubation Centres (ESA BIC). Currently Marketing and Business Development Manager at Oxinet Ltd.
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.
He specializes in space policy issues, international cooperation in space activities, the use of satellite technology in the field of security and system engineering
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.
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
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
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.
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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Space3ac Intermodal Transportation roadmap
February 2017 – application phase
30th April 2017 – end of application phase
May 2017 – Preparation Camp
June – August 2017 – Acceleration Phase in GPNT
September 2017 – Demo Day with investors and start on Space3ac next batch application phase
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