Meet the founders – AIM Space
1- Can you briefly explain what your solution is all about? What’s unique about it?
AIM Space plans to democratize space education through SpacedIn we are starting with a network of space education centers for pupils (middle school & high school). The first centre will be opened in Bucharest, Romania this autumn and we are planning a nationwide expansion. Our differentiation factor is our teaching methodology as we are combining experiential learning with coaching sessions for our students.
2- What’s the story behind your company? How was the idea for this business born?
AIM Space was started by Rares Bisag and Adrian Dumitrescu in 2021 based on the success of the Romanian Space Initiative (ROSPIN). ROSPIN is the largest space education NGO in Romania which Adrian and Rares helped found in 2020 and it has a primary focus on Romanian students & young professionals. Alina Vizireanu joined their efforts in 2022 bringing in both experience and a valuable network of professionals that can help AIM Space grow. Already being active in this field with ROSPIN, the idea of making space for educational activities for middle school & high school was in fact a demand endorsed by many people who were enquiring about other activities for younger children and for other countries besides Romania.
3-Which is the challenge that your solution tackles, and how do you set apart from the other companies with similar solutions?
For the moment we are preparing for the kick-off activities for September 2022. The first challenge, and also a big opportunity for us, is that the space domain is not such a popular domain as automotive or aviation in Romania. On the one hand, we want to raise awareness regarding the utilization of the space domain in our daily lives. We also want to educate our students about the future of human society in which space is playing an increasingly central role.
4- What are your goals, and what’s the biggest challenge you are trying to overcome at this moment?
Our goal is to create the first educational center in Bucharest, starting this autumn, and to document the “recipe” in order to start creating other centers in Romania and abroad. As the main challenge, we are now creating our first courses and in parallel, we are trying to conduct a needs assessment for the students and parents about their expectations regarding extracurricular educational activities. Reaching a large group of parents and students is one of the difficulties we are facing.
5- What advice would you give to an entrepreneur trying to pave his/her way in the space sector landscape?
Even if Space is a very appealing and hot topic nowadays, it is very hard to stay in the industry/domain without being passionate about it. If playing a role in the future of mankind motivates you, then you are in the right place and you should not hesitate to join this “context” which for sure will be increasingly present in our lives.
6- About SUN, why did you apply?
With our application to SUN, we were seeking mentoring for making this vision happen, as this is the first entrepreneurial experience for all three founders. Also, considering our profile, for sure we will partner with some of the organizations in the future for space educational experiences.