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How long is the SpaceFounders accelerator program?

Our program is a high-end and valuable ten-week program.

Is the program in presence or virtual?

Both. The SpaceFounders program is a hybrid program with a mix of on-site and offline sessions. There are two intensive weeks on site, one in Toulouse - France and one in Munich - Germany. In between we provide you with several virtual sessions, such as Impulse Sessions from space and business experts and Key Notes from inspirational speakers. 
The SpaceFounders team is in permanent contact with you, making sure you get the most out of the program and connect with the right mentors. 
At the end of the program, we organise 2 exclusive demo days in vibrant finance cities: Berlin and Paris. This gives you the opportunity to pitch in front of potential investors and anchor customers.
Combining on-site and online sessions allow you to get the most of the program, from high-end sessions from European experts to effective networking through exclusive events. 

Do I have to attend the accelerator during the whole 3 months?

We designed our ten-week program in order to provide the best possible experience and developed a curriculum with various interconnected sessions. It is an intensive and immersive program that requires a complete commitment from our applicants. Therefore it is mandatory to attend all sessions of the program.  

Which team member of the startup should attend the program?

The SpaceFounders program is designed for the startups’s founder(s) and possibly C-level executives.

 

Are you providing accommodation during the program?

We are committed to organize the most valuable experience during our on-site gatherings. We will provide a list of hotels and accommodations, with preferred rates for the duration of your stay. But the cost of the accommodation is not covered by the program. 

Are you providing office space during the program?

Yes. For the on-site weeks, we provide the startups office space, which can also be used for personal or customer meetings. If you want to extend your stay and therefore need an office on site, just send us a message and we will make the arrangements.

Who is behind SpaceFounders and why are you running that program?

SpaceFounders is jointly initiated and run by the Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES) and the University of the Bundeswehr Munich and proudly supported by various partners. We are space enthusiasts, love to explore new spaces and support startups in getting space frontiers. 

Find more on our website About us.

Where are our offices located?

Our offices are located in Toulouse - France and Munich - Germany. Check our website for our detailed address. You're always welcome to drop by - just text us and we will arrange a tour!

Can you help us with visa if required?

Sure - we are happy to assist as much as we can.

Eligibility Criteria

 

Can I apply if my startup's founder(s) are not European citizen(s)? 

Yes, the nationality of your founders have no impact as long as the startup is incorporated in a European Union member state and fulfills our other eligibility criteria.

Can I participate if my startup is not incorporated in a European Union member state? 

Our mission is to accelerate the most promising European space tech startups - therefore non-European companies can not apply to our accelerator program. Nevertheless, we would be happy to connect with you - feel free to contact us.

I'm not sure if my startup and/or technology suits to the accelerator program - what should I do?

No worries! We'll help you out on that - just get in touch with our team and we'll figure out if you match our program, as well as if we fit your roadmap.

I've already raised funding. Can I still apply?

Sure. We select space tech startups in the funding stage from Seed to Series A+.  Each promotion has many companies who have already raised over €1M. 

Application Process

How can I apply?

Startups can apply directly through our application form on our website. This is a 2-step application. 
First you set up your account, provide basic details about your company and provide us with a pitch deck. Once your eligibility is confirmed, we send you a application questionnaire with detailed questions about the founder(s) and team, the product/service, the market opportunity and financial details. We also need some key documents (pitch deck and business plan) that will be reviewed by our evaluators according to our selection criteria.
Our team is available for any assistance during the application process should you have any questions.

How does the application process look like?

Once your eligibility is confirmed and you have submitted all required information, all answers and documents are carefully evaluated based on our selection criteria (e.g. team, market, accelerator fit etc.) by our evaluators.
The best fitting startups will get the chance to present their company and project in front of our jury of experts and accelerator members. The 10 best applicants will be accepted to our program. 
Our team keeps you informed at all steps of the process. 

Is my intellectual property protected?

Any information provided during the application process will be covered by a Non-Disclosure Agreement. 

I previously did already apply for the program and got rejected. Can I apply again?

Of course! We receive many applications and have a very selective process with a limited number of accepted startups. If you've applied before and not gotten in, we strongly encourage you to apply again. So give it another (moon) shot (especially if you made progress since your last application).

Costs & Funding

Is there a program fee for the startups participating in the program?

There is no program fee for the startups participating in our SpaceFounders program. All costs associated with our program are covered by the sponsors of the program, CNES & UniBw. 

The only cost that is not covered is related to the travels and accommodation fees for the on-site sessions : 5 days in Munich, 5 days in Toulouse, 2 days in Berlin and 2 days in Paris. 

We are happy to assist with the flights and hotels bookings.

Do I get funding within the program?

At the end of our SpaceFounders program, you will get the opportunity to present your startup and project in front of top European investors. This is a unique opportunity for you to access funding. 

Additionally, as we strongly believe in our program and in the startups we select, investing in your startup will be considered with the highest interest and will be discussed with you depending on your needs.

Program Content

What should I consider when my startup participates in the accelerator?

The program stands and falls with you and your commitment. We have done our best to give you the best program possible and in return we expect you to give back the same commitment. The program is designed to be manageable in addition to your operational responsibilities in your company - therefore, we require you to attend all workshops, impulse sessions and gatherings and to be open and willing to share and take tips from our experts. 

What workshop and impulse session topics are covered by the program?

We designed our program in order to give you the best experience and developed a curriculum with various sessions which build upon each other. Generally, our program can be classified into three general focuses: Scan, Boost and Fund. Within these focus areas we have several inputs on topics such as market fit, go-to-market strategy, technical roadmapping, how to win public contracts, space program management, manufacturing and AIT or pitch training.

What can I expect from the mentoring sessions?

We have engaged experts and space enthusiasts as our mentors and they will do their best to support and advise you on all your upcoming questions. Use them to challenge your startup and yourself and get views from different angles and perspectives to improve your business. 

What language is used in the program?

The primary language that we use in verbal in written communications during our accelerator program is English. However, many of our mentors and experts speak other languages, such as French or German. 

For Mentors

 

How can I become a mentor in your program?

Pretty easy: send us a message and tell us how you can contribute and what expertise you can bring on the table. We'll be happy to count a new member in our SpaceFounders community.

What are the tasks of a mentor with you?

Basically you offer your expertise and knowledge to our participants. During our program startups will get the opportunity to book one-to-one sessions with you, based on their needs and your fields of expertise. Startups usually have specific questions for you or about certain topics in their startup. Just be open and try to assist them in the best possible way to drive their business forward.

What qualifications do I need to be a mentor with you?

Actually nothing special. We are always looking for outstanding personalities, industry experts and space enthusiasts to extend our community. 

How often would my involvement as a mentor be necessary?

That’s up to you! Our program lasts a total of 10 weeks. During this time, startups can book mentoring hours with you. You self determine your availability and the level of your involvement. A minimum of 10 hours of mentorings is recommended.