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Space3ac is probably the first European accelerator which focuses on the downstream space sector. The purpose of this accelerator is to support the development of European startups in their R&D work as well as entry to the market.
In 2017 and 2018 the Space3ac program held in Gdansk focuses on the specific theme of intermodal transportation. The theme was selected due to a rapidly rising need to “digitalize” the transportation industry and presence of two major seaports (Gdansk and Gdynia) in northern Poland, which are major stakeholders for this sector.
The first round under the intermodal transportation theme was held between June and August 2017. Seven startups have successfully finished that round and presented their results during a “Demo Day” event in front of investors. The Space3ac acceleration program is organised by the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone with the support from Blue Dot Solutions.
Benefits for startups
The purpose of this program is to connect the potential of creative entrepreneurs with the identified needs coming from large industry in regard to transportation activities.
Each accepted startup will receive up to 135 thousand PLN (ca. 32 thousand EUR) + additional bonus if the work is successful. This funding is equity-free, i.e. no shares are taken after the acceleration course.
Second round of Space3ac Intermodal Transportation
The new round of acceleration will last from early December 2017 to the end of February 2018. In total 160 hours of courses and trainings are predicted, both focusing on business and technical aspects of the selected projects. Topics cover business model development, pitching sessions, marketing strategies as well as satellite navigation, Earth Observation, modern computational tools and technical project management.
New industry partners have joined the program, which have created a list of challenges to be solved by startups during this acceleration course. The LOTOS Group S.A., Maritime Institute, OT Logistics, Port of Gdansk, Port of Gdynia and PZU Lab are among participating large companies. The full list of challenges is available on the www.space3.ac website.
The acceleration will take place in Gdansk, at the premises of the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone.
How to apply?
Applications for the accelerator will be available untill the end of October via online form available at www.space3.ac. Approximately 20-25 teams will be invited to the Preparation Camp event, which will take place on the 20-21st of November. This meeting will conclude with the final selection of startups to be accelerated.
Technical and business meetings where teams will develop their products and capabilities will be organized according to the following schedule:
- November 20-21st: Preparation Camp
- December 2017 – February 2018: Accelerated course divided into business and technical sessions (on average every two weeks, each session lasting for 3 days.
- 22nd of March 2018: Demo Day, end of acceleration
Space3ac Intermodal Transportation Accelerator is an initiative implemented by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development within the Scale UP program, based on the government program Start In Poland, financed by the European Funds Smart Growth for the years 2014-2020.