Join the new European downstream space accelerator and start your space adventure!

Apply with your EO, GNSS, telecommunications and/or integrated application project and fight for up to 50 000 PLN in cash for research & development of your project and 2 000 000 PLN of potential investment

How does it work?

Space3ac is 6 weeks long stationary acceleration programme for space industry startups operating in the downstream sector. Our mission is to solve the problems of the industry players by connecting them to startups with new ideas how to solve them. We offer great international mentors, both technical and business, place to work, accommodation, catering 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 accelerator, but we would like to participate in your success if we help you in finding an investor.

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 20th of June 2016. Check the list of problems reported by our partners and find the way to solve them!

Work hard at the acceleration phase

Visit Gdansk this summer for 6 weeks and develop your business.

Pitch on Demo Day and take the money

You have a couple minutes to impress investors who guarantee 2 000 000 PLN pool (~450 000 €) of investment. Best team will get up to 50k PLN in cash from Black Pearls VC for R&D activities.

PLN of potential investment

teams in the acceleration phase

international mentors

PLN in cash for the best team

Benefits

Technical GNSS, Earth Observation and integrated applications mentorship by ESA, NASA, POLSA and other partners.

Accommodation and catering in the City of Gdansk for 6 weeks for each team. But of course you won’t have time for sleep during the acceleration phase 🙂

A patron for each team for whole acceleration phase will track your progress and help you with organization of work and meetings.

Early acces to Creotech Instruments and CloudFerro 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.

50k PLN in cash for R&D activities for the best team at Demo Day and 2 000 000 PLN of potential investment from space industry investors.

Business mentorship and customer acquisition help on every level by experienced entrepreneurs and mentors from all over the world.

Place do 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.

2-5% of shares in your business for accelerator in case of successful acquisition by an investor within 2 years after the end of programme.

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.

No need to be an entrepreneur

We don’t expect that you already founded your company. You may be just startup or team of good friends that would like to change the world.

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 find out how to solve them. No worries if you have totally different bussiness idea, you can still apply to space3ac accelerator.

The team

You must have a team with different skills. We can’t help single persons.

Mentors

Prof Scott Madry

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.

Thibaud Delourme

Thibaud Delourme

European Commission

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

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

Prof John B. Sheldon

ThorGroup GmbH

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

Torsten Kriening

Torsten Kriening

ThorGroup GmbH

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

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.

Ben Kraetzig

Ben Kraetzig

Neptec UK

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

PhD Grzegorz Brona

Creotech Instruments

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.

William Ricard

William Ricard

PricewaterhouseCoopers

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.

Marta Starek-Piasny

Marta Starek-Piasny

Orange Polska

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.

Iuliia Strotska

Iuliia Strotska

Kapitech

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.

Thomas Tanghe

Thomas Tanghe

SpaceTec Partners

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.

Izan Peris

Izan Peris

Disrupt Space

Holds a background in aerospace engineering and has experience working at DLR. Co-founder of Disrupt Space and New Space facilitator in Europe.

 Philippe Cyr

Philippe Cyr

Disrupt Space

Political scientist and innovation expert including extensive knowledge on Chinese space industry. Co-founder of Disrupt Space, New Space facilitator in Europe.

Magni Johannsson

Magni Johannsson

Disrupt Space

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

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

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

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.

Piotr Bucki

Piotr Bucki

Bucki.pro

Pitching, marketing & communication specialist supporting projects and business plans. He provides communication strategies to companies offering on-line businesses.

PhD Michal Moroz

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

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.

Adam Piech

Adam Piech

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 Griffin

Mick Griffin

Brand24

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 Bradshow

Mike Bradshow

AppCampus

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 Olszewski

Michał Olszewski

Starter Rocket

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.

Aleksander Skałka

Aleksander Skałka

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.

Mateusz Kraisnski

Mateusz Kraisnski

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.

Paweł Dąbrowski

Paweł Dąbrowski

Gdynia Maritime University Faculty of Navigation Department of Geodesy and Oceanography

Expert in areas of geodesy, cartography, 3D modelling and laser scanning.

Wojciech Drewczynski

Wojciech Drewczynski

Black Pearls VC

Wojciech is Chief Innovation Officer at Black Pearls VC supporting start-ups with business modelling, effective project management and sales activities.

Problems to solve
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.

Satelite data movement tracking of vehicles on the road.

Observation of ground changes during construction processes and investments. Eg dumping ground areas.

Observation of surface water levels in retention ponds.

GNSS based solution to increase safety and reduce costs on rail.

GNSS + data for fleet operations on rail.

Fleet management, cargo monitoring, and delivery, including multimodal transportation.

Open and deep mine exploitation and their impact on local environment.

Understanding and identifying threats for energy transmission and network management across large distances.

Satellite data for precision agriculture and farm monitoring, incl. environmental impact.

Novel telecommunication solutions for aviation, incl. general and leisure aviation.

Integrated applications for commercial solutions.

Don’t forget to check for updates. Our list of the problems will grow during application phase. You can also apply with project which is not connected to reported problems. Each great downstream startup idea has chances to get accest to acceleration phase.

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 are 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 fulfilled with meetings with mentors and hard work on your idea so you can’t do everything by 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 won’t charge you and take shares in your business for acceleration, but we would like to be a small part of your success when you’ll get some funding from an investor. Fair enough?
Can we do it without moving to Gdansk for 6 weeks?
Sorry, no. We will provide you access to the best space industry and business mentors and most of them will visit Gdansk especially to share their knowlegde with you. You must be focsed on work and we know that the best thing to do it is to just cut off some distractions. In our office nobody will distrub you 🙂
We've already taken some funding. Can we still apply?
Yes, it’s not a problem for us. Black Pearls VC and other space industry investors can bring you next round of funding.
What will happen when we get funding from an investor?
A lot of startup accelerators get some shares in accelerated startups. We work in different way and our motivation is to help you not only in customer acquisition but to get funded by an investors in particular. In that case we will take some shares in your business with a value of not less than the amount of our expeditures for your acceleration, with the valuation identical to the valuation of the acquisition of shares by the investor. Example: you get funding 500k PLN for 20% of shares. Your business is worth 2,5 MLN PLN. For help in acceleration we take 2% of shares. Fair enough?

 

Space3ac roadmap

5th May 2016 – official launch of space3ac

10th May to 15th June 2016 – information meetings in Gdansk, Warsaw, Kraków and other cities

20th June 2016 – end of application phase

27-29th June 2016 – Preparation Camp in Inkubator Starter

18th July to 28th August 2016 – Acceleration Phase in GPNT and O4 coworking space

8th September 2016 – Demo Day with investors in GPNT

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