FabSpace 2.0 becomes an official main partner of ActInSpace® 2018, an international innovation contest invented by the French Space Agency (CNES) and supported since the 2nd edition by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the ESA Business Incubation Network
This month, FabSpace 2.0 officially announced the new partnership activities for the third edition of ActInSpace® 2018 to be held on the 25th – 26th of May 2018 all over the world. ActInSpace® is an international innovation contest inspiring young women and men worldwide to meet challenges based on space technologies, data, patents and infrastructures to launch start-ups into all areas of our daily lives. Designed for students but open to everyone, the objective of the contest is to foster entrepreneurship, encourage start-up creation and promote the use of space technologies and space acquired data to change citizen’s lives, to boost employment and to protect our planet.
The contest also aimed to stimulate the uptake and reuse of space technology and data and identify future applicants for ESA BICs and partner incubators. Since its inception in 2014, 13 start-ups have been created thanks to ActInSpace®. Some of the successful start-ups are including Kermap (www.kermap.com), Upalgo (http://ezako.com/en), Skyai, and Hypermiles (https://hypermiles.tech).
This year contest will be fulfilling an international ambition which are transforming an essentially European edition into an international edition; bringing together 70 cities from all continents; attracting 3000+ participants to work on 60+ different challenges; and creating between 20 and 30 new start-ups.
As partner, FabSpace 2.0 will provide some challenges based on Earth Observation Data (links: (https://bit.ly/2qLXVMv and https://bit.ly/2vuiOAy) and a dedicated prize. Philippe Lattes, Deputy Director for Space from Aerospace Valley, the initiator of FabSpace 2.0 project said: “The Fabspace project is an educational innovation enabling students to discover the Copernicus programme, the potential of Earth Observation data and the world of entrepreneurship. Be part of ActInSpace is an amazing opportunity to highlight FabSpace activities”.
The international opening of the FabSpace project is underway, and a large part of the new launched FabSpaces are already integrated into the actions carried out. There are 11 FabSpaces who are involved as organizer or partner of ActInSpace® 2018 including:
- FabSpace France: Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nice, Brest
- FabSpace Poland: Warsaw
- FabSpace Germany: Darmstadt
- FabSpace Greece: Athens
- FabSpace Cameroon: Yaundé
- FabSpace Cyprus: Limassu
- FabSpace Czech Republic: Prague
- FabSpace The Netherlands: Noordwijk
Just after the contest, each team will be able to apply to the FabSpace 2.0 prize. The most promising project using Earth Observation Data will get a free trip to Toulouse to attend the ActInSpace® 2018 international final; receive a mentoring program by experts in selected area; and a meeting with Airbus representative in Toulouse. The registration is currently open. Students, citizen, and entrepreneurs are encouraged to register. To find out more about ActInSpace® 2018, the FabSpace 2.0 challenges and to register, please visit: https://actinspace.org/