The Future of Space Innovation: Project recap
The Space Hubs Network programme is a Horizon 2020 initiative aiming to foster the development of startups and entrepreneurs in the space technology sector. As a result, the SUN programme helped accelerate the growth of 77 European space startups and scale-ups through tailored mentoring programmes, offering opportunities and support at different levels of business maturity: pre-incubation, pre-acceleration and post-acceleration levels. With SUN support, six new spacetech startups were established, and 20 were able to attract funding. The programme also gathered knowledge on the key challenges that space startups are facing, developing a report, “SUN Position Paper”, providing policy recommendations on how to address these challenges, and contributed to raising awareness and the growth of the space community by organising and cooperating with more than 30 events between roadshows, hackathons, webinars at a European level.