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ESA Spark Funding

ESA Spark Funding

Ignite Your Business With ESA Spark Funding

ESA Spark Funding is designed to accelerate the product development process of a company that is integrating space technology, as well as to hone the commercialisation roadmap. This should result in an enhanced offering to their customers. Companies can apply for up to €40,000, with a co-funding requirement of the same amount. Co-funding can be provided either in cash or in manhours from the applicant. Project timescale should be from 3-12 months in duration.

Who Should Apply?

  • SMEs or larger entities who already have existing product lines, who are looking to innovate and gain a competitive advantage through integrating space technology into these products or to create new products.
  • The space technology/know-how should be at a mature enough stage that transfer into the new application is possible.
  • Technical feasibility should already be demonstrated and no fundamental technical hurdles remain. For instance, a feasibility study or proof of concept project could have been undertaken previously.
  • A working relationship between the Space Technology Provider and Product Developer should already be initiated.
  • The Product Developer should already have prospective customers or at least a clear understanding of the customer segments to be targeted.

 

Eligible Activities

  • Based upon the requirements of the Customer or segment the Product Developer should be able to show that a commercially viable product can be created.
  • This can include activities such as:
    • Prototyping
    • Product development
    • Demonstration with customer
    • Manufacturing simulation
    • Commercialisation roadmapping
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