Online workshop: European Space Agency support for business development and innovation


4. February 2021 at 13:00 till at 16:00
Microsoft Teams
In English
EASi Eesti kosmosebüroo,

Join the online workshop introducing two European Space Agency (ESA) programmes and find out about opportunities to co-finance or support your business idea involving space.

Estonian companies are eligible to apply for support from the ESA Space Solutions programme and ESA Φ-lab. ESA Space Solutions hosts the ESA Business Incubation Centres (ESA BIC) supporting product development (incl. upstream space technology) and the ESA Business Applications programme, which supports development of businesses using satellite applications and space technology. ESA Business Applications opportunities include an open call for proposals and competitive tenders directed at a specific problem or opportunity. The ESA Φ-lab offers a variety of tools for companies wishing to bring along transformational innovation and hosts the Investing in Industrial Innovation (InCubed) programme. InCubed focuses on developing innovative and commercially viable products and services that exploit the value of Earth Observation imagery and datasets.

The workshop will introduce opportunities for Estonian companies, explaining which activities can be funded, what the application processes entails and what value participating in the programmes can bring for businesses. Proekspert, successful applicant to the Business Applications open call, will share useful advice for proposing an idea to ESA. The Q&A session at the end of the event will discuss business opportunities and challenges for Estonian companies.

The online workshop will take place in the Microsoft Teams environment, which can be joined using your web browser. Further information will be sent to the registered participants before the event.

More information about ESA Space Solutions and Business Applications:

More information about InCubed:

The event is organized by the Enterprise Estonia Space Office in cooperation with the European Agency and ESA BIC Estonia.


13:00 - 13:15 Welcome and introduction
Madis Võõras, Head of Estonian Space Office
Nick Appleyard, Head of Downstream Business Applications Department, ESA
Giuseppe Borghi, Head of Φ-lab, ESA
13:15 - 13:30 ESA Business Applications and Space Solutions - Realize the potential of space and become part of the space ecosystem Stefan Gustafsson, ESA Presentation
13:30 - 14:15 ESA Business Applications - Supporting development of space based applications Volker Schumacher, ESA Presentation
14:15-14:30 Proekspert case: Ideas and thoughts to help apply successfully to an ESA Business Applications open call Henry Aljand, Proekspert Presentation
14:30-14:45 ESA Business Incubation Centre Estonia – make space part of your business Sven Lilla, ESA BIC Estonia Presentation
14:45 -  15:00 The ESA Φ-lab - opportunities for collaboration on innovation and benefits to you Giuseppe Borghi, Head of Φ-lab, ESA Presentation
15:00-15:45 Investing in Industrial Innovation (InCubed) Amanda Regan, Head Φ-lab Invest Office, ESA Presentation
15:45-16:00 Q&A: Estonian business opportunities and challenges Open discussion

The workshop recording is available here.

Times indicated are in Eastern European Time (EET). There may be adjustments to the schedule.

Conditions for participation

Registration for this event is completed.

The workshop recording is available here.


Online workshop: European Space Agency support for business development and innovation