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News article2 May 2023

Ready for take-off! CASSINI Business Accelerator is at the centre of the EU Space Programme

CASSINI Business Accelerator batch 1

CASSINI Business Accelerator has selected 20 space startups and scaleups for the first batch, following a highly competitive selection with 140+ applicants. A highly diverse group of with upstream technology, satellite constellations, micro launchers, ground station services, and downstream data services – these are frontrunners of the space and deep tech industry.

For six months from May until October 2023, the participants will get top-notch business coaching, training activities and events, tailored to accelerate their business development and sales.

CASSINI Business Accelerator offers a broad network of business coaches, mentors, and space industry operators with valuable insights about how to enter new markets. In addition, entrepreneurs will have access to investor networks across the EU.

CASSINI Business Accelerator is part of the European Commission’s CASSINI initiative aiming to support space entrepreneurship and investments. We are thrilled to see the startup companies aim for the stars, in collaboration with the CASSINI Business Accelerator consortium.


Want to find out more about our selected companies? Check them out below:

📡 3IPK (Slovakia): blockchain based SaaS combined with data analytics and AI for earth observation data integrity and traceability for satellite data authenticity

🚀 Aerospacelab (Belgium): Make geospatial intelligence both actionable and affordable to reduce information entropy. With the aim of becoming the European leader in satellite manufacturing and data, the company is vertically integrated, developing expertise in both up and downstream. 

🚀 Cailabs (France): Design and manufacture photonic solutions for free-space transmission, industrial lasers, local area networks (LANs) and telecommunications. 

📡 DigiFarm (Norway): Deep neural network models and Agtech solutions for accurately detecting field boundaries and seeded acres and for precision farming.

🚀 Exolaunch (Germany): Global leader in rideshare launch mission management, space transportation, in-space logistics and deployment services. 

🚀 Groundcom (Czechia): Fully integrated and automated worldwide network of ground stations providing connectivity for satellite operators.

🚀 Hyimpulse (Germany): Development of small launcher on disruptive candle-wax based propulsion systems, which reduces cost in half. Also working on in-space propulsion solutions, to offer a complete service package to our satellite customers.

🚀 IENAI Space (Spain): Space mobility solutions for the small spacecraft of the future with customizable electric propulsion systems and software solutions for mission analysis and operations.

📡 Latitudo 40 (Italy): First Environmental Operative System to design cognitive cities/places of the future powered by Earth Observation and AI.

🚀 Nano-Tech SpA (Italy): applies the field of nanotechnology to advanced materials for industry leaders who want to grow and go beyond the limits of today’s technologies.

📡 Orbify (Poland): B2B SaaS platform that simplifies creating geospatial applications. We help you to access Earth Observation data, build and deploy algorithms for image processing and finally visualize the insights for end-users.

🚀 Paradigma Technologies (Slovenia): We design and manufacture high performance and high frequency radio telecommunication systems for small satellites, with a focus on improved performance and energy efficiency.

📡 PLD Space (Spain): Developing reusable launch vehicles to provide commercial orbital and suborbital access to small satellites in a faster, safer and more viable way.

📡 Prométhée (France): newspace nanosatellite constellation operator on Earth Observation and deliver strategic and environmental intelligence services through a digital and aggregative platform.

📡 Rokubun (Spain): Research and development of precise and innovative navigation solutions, SPEAR, to meet the mass-market growing needs of both affordable and accurate geolocation.

🚀 📡 Scanway S.A. (Poland): Designs, develops and implements smart optical instruments for small satellites: Scanway’s Optical Payload (SOP) and Spacecraft Health Scanner (SHS).

🚀 Spacemanic (Czech Republic): Design, development, and testing of fundamental small satellite components based on the plug-and-play methodology. 

📡 Spotlite (Portugal): Infrastructure monitoring system based on satellite imagery, with a multi-hazard approach, focused on such risks as ground motion, vegetation encroachment or flood. Designed to meet the needs of multiple industries, from transportation to mining or energy.

🚀 📡 Vake (Norway): Delivers deep maritime insights using data fusion and machine learning in satellite imagery and satellite data to find, verify and validate reported vessel activity.

🚀 Vyoma (Germany): Provides space safety services to satellite operators for real-time actionable insights to protect orbital infrastructure. 


Publication date
2 May 2023 (Last updated on: 19 May 2023)