Beyond Your Application

Benefits of the ESA Start-up Competition

What happens after you have submitted your application?


The database closed on 3 May 2020

All submitted applications are currently being reviewed by ESA. The Top 10 finalists with the most innovative products and services for space will be selected until 28 May and announced on 29 May 2020.


If you are among the Top 10 finalists

You will present your start-up at the ESA IPC WG (member states representatives) meeting on 29 June 2020. The modalities of this pitch will be decided and communicated in advance by ESA. Your presentation in English can be supported by any visual or audio-visual material.


What’s next?

Once all of the presentations have been completed, the IPC delegates will select the Top 4 winners to receive one of the ESA mentoring packages.

Each of these mentoring packages includes your invitation to the Global Space Congress of May 2021 in Abu Dhabi, where you are able to present your start-up.

Please also see the timeline here.

Prizes: ESA Mentoring Packages

1st Prize

EUR 100,000 ESA Mentoring package worth
  • Attendance at the Global Space Congress of May 2021 in Abu Dhabi
  • Opportunity to present yourself and your product/service

2nd Prize

EUR 50,000 ESA Mentoring package worth
  • Attendance at the Global Space Congress of May 2021 in Abu Dhabi
  • Opportunity to present yourself and your product/service

3rd / 4th Prize

EUR 25,000 ESA Mentoring package worth
  • Attendance at the Global Space Congress of May 2021 in Abu Dhabi
  • Opportunity to present yourself and your product/service

ESA will – in coordination with you – design the prospective mentoring programmes addressing your specific needs in light of the expertise available at ESA:

ESA support within the mentoring programmes may include:

  • The provision of technical support in the development and testing of products and services
  • Support in defining business models and business plans
  • Assistance with compliance with international technical standards for space

In any case, ESA does not intend to co-develop any IPR in the performance of such a monitoring programme.

  • ESA will strive to make available in a timely manner the manpower, equipment and other technical resources (excluding any IPR belonging to or controlled by ESA) that it may have to allocate to its support of the winner within the mentoring programmes
  • ESA support will be available until 30 June 2022

Please be aware that the amounts referred to in the mentoring packages cannot be transferred to the winners. Please also see the ESA General Terms & Conditions.

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