The European Space Agency (ESA) Business Applications has announced the Artificial Intelligence Kick-start Call for 2019. The Thematic Calls for Kick-start Activities are designed to be particularly interesting for SMEs and start-ups looking for opportunities to develop their ideas for new business applications. With this Call dedicated to the theme “Artificial Intelligence”, ESA is offering technical support and zero-equity funding (up to 60.000 € per Activity) to companies developing innovative and commercial products and services combining AI with space technology. Kick-start Activities should elaborate on the business opportunity and technical viability of new applications and services exploiting one or more space assets (e.g. Satellite Communications, Satellite Navigation, Earth Observation, Space Weather).
The AI Kick-start is organized around specific macro-areas for which dedicated calls will be issued: Consumer goods, business and industrial services, Social impact, Infrastructure and Environment and natural resources. Additionally, ESA will organize webinars in regard to each macro-area with the first one on Consumer goods, business and industrial services being held on the 30 April 2019, 11:00 CEST.
The funded participation is open to any public organization, commercial client worldwide or space company (be it as a group of users, public body or non-governmental organization) residing in any of the ESA Member States that are participating to the programme. To date, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have subscribed.
ESA Business Applications is committed to using the technologies of space to transform the businesses with the vision to improve the lives of people on Earth through Space. ESA Business Applications makes this possible by enabling and supporting businesses in the short-term commercialization and application of Space data and technology for everyday services.
For more detailed information on the relevant topics, eligibility criteria and registration, check here.
Register for the webinar (30 April, 11:00 CEST) here.