GALACTICA, which aims to demonstrate the viability of new industrial value chains regarding the textile and aerospace sectors based on advanced manufacturing across the EU, launches today the second Call for proposals, with a total budget of 1.64 M€ to support European SMEs.

The Call for proposals is addressed to the EU and UK SMEs and start-ups that plan to develop innovative solutions that could be part of cross-sectoral and cross-border value chains with two different funding lines.

GALACTICA 2nd call for proposals is now open with 1.64 M€ to support new value chains driven by European innovative SMEs

2nd Call for Proposals

The development of new industrial value chains is crucial to increase the competitiveness of textile and aerospace industries. GALACTICA project aims to upgrade and transform the industrial manufacturing value chains using advanced manufacturing as a cornerstone for the European textile and aeronautics sectors, allowing them to unlock their full potential through new cross-sectorial applications and value-chains.

Taking this into account, GALACTICA launches its second Call for proposals that consist of two different types of funding instruments, in the form of lump-sum vouchers:

Pioneer Acceleration voucher will support the exploration of new cross-sectoral value chains with a focus on developing a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). Each Pioneer Acceleration voucher will have a maximum budget of 20k€ per project and we expect to fund around 22 projects.
Orbital Projects voucher aims to support the demonstration of new cross-sectoral value chains connecting the different sectors of GALACTICA with initial market tests of the products and services developed. Each Orbital Project will have a budget of up to 100k€ and we expect to fund around 12.

The Call has a total budget of EUR 1,64 M€ to provide financial support to innovative projects from European SMEs.


Cycle of Webinars #3: Space Law for Startups – Find out why regulations are your enablers

SUN is hosting a cycle of webinars to allow you to learn more about the space industry and hear from experienced speakers and mentors of our project.

The third webinar topic is: "Space Law for Startups - Find out why regulations are your enablers". This talk aims to help you learn about the legal aspects of funding a space startup and is hosted by two lawyers from Bufete Mas y Calvet: Efrén Dìaz, a mentor in our programme, and Carlos Albareda.

Efrén Díaz is responsible for the Technology and the Space Law Area, holds a PhD in Geospatial Law and has completed the International Master's Degree in Data Protection, Transparency and Access to Information. He is also a member of the Working Group of the Spatial Data Infrastructure of Spain (IDEE).

Carlos Albareda has a background in Criminology and Forensic Sciences and Administration and Finance and is part of the Technology and Space Law areas of Bufete Mas y Calvet and has participated in technology consultancy, data protection and intellectual property projects.



InnORBIT project: Open call for innovation intermediaries

The InnORBIT project is piloting a train-the-trainers and business support programme for business support organisations and innovation intermediaries (such as clusters, hubs, technology transfer offices etc.) in Eastern Europe.
The programme focuses on the space sector and contains training material covering a broad range of NewSpace technical and business topics. Participant organisations will be supported to design and launch their own local space initiatives such as Space Cafes, Hackathons, Incubators and Accelerators to support space entrepreneurs in their ecosystem and lead space innovation.
Innovation intermediaries will be also equipped with a Business Support programme containing training material and services for their startups to support the design and market-readiness of new products and services using space and space-enabled technologies.
The pilot starts in May 2022 and lasts for approximately 10 months (3 months for the train-the-trainers and 7 months for the local space initiative deployment phase), is free and it is fully customisable to the needs, time and resources of your organisation and of your members. The InnORBIT team of experts will guide and support you through every step!

Join us and become the most valuable player in your space ecosystem!
Register for our pilot and join our online info days on April 12th 13.00 – 14.30 CET and May 12th from 13.00 – 14.30 CET!


InnORBIT project: 2nd Croatian Space Café

The Croatian Space Café initiative organised by Algebra University College in the frame of InnORBIT project continues. The second event will engage Croatian space players and enthusiasts to discuss the topic of “Climate change analysis and use of spectroscopic data”.

Giorgio Licciardi of the Italian Space Agency will be the keynote speaker!
Join on April 2022, at 15.00 local time (in Croatian)

The topic in a nutshell:
Imaging the Earth through Hyperspectral Imaging is an analytical technique based on spectroscopy. This type of image finds a wide range of applications in various fields such as astronomy, agriculture, molecular biology, biomedical images, mineralogy, geology, physics, cultural heritage protection, food processing, and environmental protection… As far as climate change is concerned, spectroscopic images can be used to detect anomalies and changes affecting various environmental parameters; from vegetation to water quality, from rainfall to atmospheric conditions. The presentation provides an insight into the operation of hyperspectral sensors, through comparison with RGB and multispectral sensors. We will also learn more about the possible application of hyperspectral images in climate change analysis.


Roadshow: Back to the Moon: the Lunar economy

Everything you've ever wanted to know about the burgeoning Lunar economy, a roadshow by Simon Drake, Carlos Utrilla and spacehubs.network


16:00 The Lunar Resources Registry, by Simon Drake

17:00 Back for good this time, by Carlos Manuel Entrena Utrilla

18:00 How to get spacehubs.network business support, by Simon Chambers

Join us - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82978766581

(online event)


Roadshow: Ready, Set, Space!

READY, SET, SPACE! Invites all space startups and enthusiasts to participate in the roadshow, listen to the inspiring talks by space experts and join the space accelerator's matchmaking session online from the 31st of May - to the 1st of June.


31st of May

10:00 - 12:45 Session #1: Space entrepreneurship 🚀

Space Platform founder and CEO Alexandre Mencik will share tips and pitfalls for space entrepreneurs.

More speakers will be announced soon!

12:45 - 13:30 Lunch Break

13:30 - 15:30 Session #2 Space funding 🚀

Kadri Adrat – Civitta Estonia Associate Partner will provide all-you-need-to-know information about the public funding.

An early-stage business angel who has advised more than 20 space-tech companies Martin Gorosko will share his great tips about private funding.

1st of June

10:00 - 12:00 Session #3: Space law 🚀

PhD Efrén Díaz, the head of the Bufete Mas y Calvet Technology and Space law areas will introduce the legal needs of the space industry in New Space.

Carlos Albareda Úbeda - A technology and Space law lawyer, will present the most important information about the intellectual and industrial property for Startups in the New Space.

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break

13:00 - 15:00 Matchmaking session. Space Accelerators 🚀

Here you will have an opportunity to meet with the representatives of the greatest Space and technology accelerators, such as #Techstars, #Starburst, #Seraphim Space Camp, #SpaceFounders and more!

Register to the event, and you will get access to participate in the Q&A sessions after every presentation!

More updates comming soon!

See you soon in the READY, SET, SPACE! Roadshow!


Roadshow: Road to innovation: How to add value to space startups

"𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗼𝗮𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗱𝗱 𝘃𝗮𝗹𝘂𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗽𝘀" and aims share insights, opportunities and advice to scale on the space sector and to do an overview of our project results.

With the presence of space experts, such as ESA Space Solutions PT, Brimatech, INNOrbit, IPN, and our very own startups that will share their inside perspectives of excelling in space, we invite you to share your knowledge and trade your experiences with us.

10:30 Welcome words | Lina Silveira - F6S Innovation
10:35 SUN results & impact | Inga Baltaševičiūtė - CIVITTA
10:45 Robotics in space + Q&A | Simon Chambers - AXSYSNAV
11:05 Break
🪐11:10 InnORBIT Project Space Track opportunities + Q&A | Milena Garthley - Senior Project Manager Innovation Programmes at TechTourGlobal
11:40 Space opportunities + Q&A | Ana Vaz - ESA Space Solutions Portugal, Carla Duarte - Instituto Pedro Nunes & Susanne Katzler-Fuchs Brimatech Services GmbH
12:10 Space for startups + Q&A | Derek Ding - DLTEO GmbH, Greg Agriopoulos - MAGOS, Luis de Ita Maubant - SurplusMap
12:35 Closing Remarks


Did you know that it takes 15 seconds for someone to decide whether they are interested in speaking with you after an initial introduction? Only 15-seconds! That’s not a lot of time at all! And in an application form, this 15 seconds converts to the very first paragraph that an assessor sees.

Cycle of Webinars #8: Tips when applying for funding or programmes

Did you know that it takes 15 seconds for someone to decide whether they are interested in speaking with you after an initial introduction? Only 15-seconds! That's not a lot of time at all! And in an application form, this 15 seconds converts to the very first paragraph that an assessor sees.

First impressions therefore count. And in a world where attention spans last only as long as it takes to read the average Tweet, it is important that companies have the skills and tools available to help them to "Wow" and engage those who will provide access to funding quickly and effectively to help their applications stand out in a crowd.

When applying for funding and/or programmes, seeing your application from the assessor's point of view is essential. Our main speaker is Nicola Musgrove, Entrepreneurial Programmes Director of Anchored In, works with companies, national and international organisations in both the public and private sector to help entrepreneurs and business leaders to develop compelling applications for funding by seeing the application from the assessors side. She has worked with companies across the sectors as part of her work with the European Space Agency, Innovate UK's ICURe programme as a lead trainer and grant mentor, Universities including Cardiff University, University of Liverpool, University of Birmingham, and Politechnico Milan (to name a few), and is currently one of the national pitch trainers for Innovate UK's Global Business Innovation Programme (GBIP), preparing companies to pitch during international trade missions.


- 15:00 Welcome words | Lina Silveira, project manager
at F6S Innovation
- 15:10 Tips when applying for funding or programmes | Nicola Musgrove, entrepreneurial programmes director of Anchored In Ltd
- 15:40 Q&A
- 15:50 Tips for a good pitch | Simon Chambers, managing director of AXSYSNAV
- 16:00 Q&A
- 16:05 Closing remarks | Lina Silveira, project manager at F6S Innovation


The final event of the Space Hubs Network is here!

Space Hubs Network: Future of Space Innovation

For three years, the SUN project helped startups scale in space with our support programmes, mentorship sessions and learning webinars. Although we started in the middle of a pandemic, we had the possibility to meet in person at PODIM, where we gave an insightful session about space and at European Space Week 2022, hosted by EUSPA, where we met our startups.

Now, we met for the last time in Warsaw, Poland, to wrap up the work of the previous years, sharing our success, results, and contributions to the space ecosystem!

🗓 Agenda
13:30 - 14:00 Welcome Registration and coffee
14:00-14:15 Ecosystem presentation: Short overview of the ecosystem, and existing space startups | POLSA
14:15-15:15 Next in startup support. New opportunities for the space startups | ESA BIC Poland, innORBIT, ESA Business Ambassador, CASSINI Business Accelerator
15:15-16:00 Panel discussion on startup challenges and how to provide better support | SUN partners, ecosystem members, space startups Giorgio Magistrelli, Gaetano Volpe, Efrén Díaz, Roman Bohovic, Clément Goujon

📍In-person location: CIC Innovation Campus, Chmielna 73, 00-801, Warsaw, Poland or join us here on LinkedIn for the live streaming 🚀
👉 If you are attending in person register here: https://bit.ly/3mTVpUg

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