ESA start-up competition seeks innovation stars

ESA is calling on ambitious start-ups to join the new ESA Start-up Competition. This opportunity is open to entrepreneurs in all ESA Member States that are developing innovative services and/or products using space technology.

Do you have what it takes to become the brightest star on the ESA innovation start-up sky?
Do you want tailor-made ESA technical and business support and a mentoring programme to help further develop your start-up?
Then what are your waiting for? Enter your space start-up in the new ESA Start-Up competition

In addition to the mentoring program, the competition winners will also be invited to attend this year 71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which will take place in Dubai from the 12–16 October 2020. There, they will get the chance to present their start-ups at ESA's booth and in other sessions promoted or sponsored by ESA. During IAC, ESA is also organising a Global Networking Forum session dedicated to the important role that start-ups play within the space industry ecosystem.
In parallel, ESA is in conversation with other space agencies to organise a similar start-up competition in their countries so that, at IAC, the most promising companies worldwide can benefit from an excellent platform to present themselves and to network.

Visit to find out if your start-up is eligible for the competition, how to apply, and to learn more about the selection progress.

Good Luck!