Airbus is once again sponsoring the ActInSpace® international innovation contest, which encourages young women and men to create space-inspired start-ups that improve citizens’ lives, boost employment and protect the Earth.
In this biennial challenge, participants apply satellite data – as well as space-sector patents and technologies – from Airbus, the European Space Agency (ESA) and France’s CNES space agency to work on real-life issues alongside business mentors and technical experts.
Designed for students but open to everyone, ActInSpace’s objective is to foster entrepreneurship, encourage start-up creation and promote the use of space technologies and space-acquired data. Organized every two years since 2014, the 2018 event is shaping up to be the most popular yet – with more than 2,700 participants from across 40 countries already signed up.
The 2018 competition occurs 25-26 May with local contests in more than 70 cities. Winning teams will proceed to the national finals in June, followed by the international finals on 27 June in Toulouse – the home to Airbus’ headquarters operation. Teams with promising projects will go on to receive guidance from business incubators from Airbus and other ActInSpace partners to help turn the ideas into real companies.
As the result of the 2016 ActInSpace event, 14 start-ups were launched – including some that are now customers for Airbus space-derived data. Moreover, several participants applied for, and received, positions with Airbus.