ESRIC announces the first five start-ups selected as part of the “Start up Support Program”

Following the initial call for applications, the European Space Resources Innovation Center (ESRIC) has selected five start-ups to participate in the “Start up Support Program” (SSP) and will begin their pre-incubation in April 2022.

Hosted in Esch-sur-Alzette in Luxembourg, ESRIC is the European center for research and innovation reference in Europe regarding the field of galaxy resources. Launched in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA), the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and Technoport (Luxembourg’s main technology incubator), the “Start up Support Program” (SSP) of ESRIC aims to support the early stages of startups in the space resource sector, develop their business models, attract their first customers and secure their initial investments. Targeting terrestrial and/or space applications, the start-up support program is managed using ESA.

The preincubation phase, which lasts three months, allows five selected start-ups to validate technical concepts and align them with market opportunities. They will benefit from in-kind support, both for the technical and commercial aspects of their project.

33 applications were received from 17 countries around the world

The selection committee, specifically comprised of members of ESRIC, Technoport, LSA, LIST and ESA, made a selection from 33 applications received from 17 countries around the world and covers the entire value chain of resources in space, be it exploration, extraction, robotic technology, waste management, or even manufacturing.

Economy Minister Franz Fayot said: “As part of the SpaceResources.lu initiative, ESRIC’s program to support young innovative companies further consolidates the Grand Duchy’s pioneering role in this domain. in Europe, while contributing to the attractiveness and international visibility of the Luxembourg galaxy ecosystem. ”

“We had the opportunity to meet the next generation of companies in the galaxy resources sector, and brought their enthusiasm, their innovation and their entrepreneurial spirit. The 33 applications received, in a variety of ways. field, proves interest in the sector and its economic potential ”, explains Lari Cujko, who manages SSP at ESRIC.

Criteria entries such as project relevance to the space and/or business resource market, technology, business objectives, planning and implementation, and project team were evaluated. . The jury selected five companies:

  • Astroport Space Technologies: Astroport uses lunar dust – or regolith – and makes it bricks and materials for 3D printing lunar infrastructures. His expertise is in the areas of 3D printing for construction, site preparation, regolith processing and refining, robotics and space architecture.
  • Anisoprint works on building equipment that allows 3D printing of tools, parts, repair parts and structural elements on composite materials in weightless and low gravity conditions. Their project will support the development, acquisition and use of space resources.
  • Adventus Interstellar focuses on the design and construction of lander-rover systems based on tensegrity, i.e., the “internal balance” of a structure, due to the interplay of tension and compression forces that distribute there. It wants, thanks to this technology, to set up space deployment services at very low cost.
  • Four Points aims to reduce the environmental impact of surface mining through new technological innovations focused on tracking, big data analysis, and autonomous machines for mining and transportation.
  • Orbit Recycling aims to remove galaxy debris from Earth’s orbit and bring it to the Moon for recycling.

After this first three-month period, the best project will be selected for the two-year incubation phase, during which the start-up will confirm its technical value proposition and further develop its business model. Additional technical and commercial support will be provided during the incubation phase, and funding in the form of a non -refundable grant of up to 200,000 euros will be allocated at the outset.

A third phase of residence lasting a maximum of 36 months will be possible for this start-up, to ensure follow-up of technical developments and the continued growth of sales and of all its customers.

“The SSP program is part of a vision of integrating an ecosystem of technical and commercial players”, recalled Mathias Link, ad-interim director of ESRIC. “This is one of the four pillars of ESRIC and will help promote effective models of collaboration with start-up companies and the development of technologies focused on the use of space resources. This initiative is important for development sector and I am pleased with the interest generated by this first call. ”

It is expected that two calls for applications will be launched each year, from start-ups around the world, for the first phase of the program. The first call will close on January 23 and the second call for applications will be launched in June 2022. This will be announced to the public during the event. Galaxy Resources Week which will take place from 3 to 5 May 2022 in Luxembourg.

About ESRIC

ESRIC, powered by the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) with the European Space Agency (ESA) as its strategic partner, was established in Luxembourg in August 2020. In addition to developing research activities along the value chain of space resources, the center supports the commercial initiatives of established players and start-ups, enables technology transfer between space and non-space industries and encourages public partnerships -private and new initiatives in the field of space resources.

Contacted Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA)

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