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We accelerate European space tech startups.

SpaceFounders support top-notch European space tech startups with tailored mentoring from world-class space tech and business experts, deep industry know-how and access to the best deep tech investors.

This program is run by CNES and the University of the Bundeswehr Munich, together with DLR, public partners, successful entrepreneurs, and investors coming from Europe's leading space organisations. 



Accelerate the most promising European early-stage space tech startups



Connect with two of the leading European space ecosystems: Munich and Toulouse



 Experience a high-quality, high-intensity and highly customized program

What's in it for startups?

Unrivalled Network

Leverage the combined network and infrastructure of the program sponsors, UniBw, CNES, and our exclusive partners.

Exclusive Program

Accelerate your startup with expert impulse sessions, tailored mentoring, and networking events: both online and on-site.

Tailored Mentoring

​Benefit from our tailored mentoring of leading industry experts with in-depth know-how in the space, aerospace and startup industries.


Privileged Funding Access

Get access to our unique network of public and private investors and anchor customers, as well as benefit from exclusive funding possibilities.

Leading Space Location

Get to know two of the most prominent European space locations - Toulouse and Munich - and benefit from their local ecosystem.


Obtain unbiased feedback and advice. Our funding is 100% public; we put your improvement at the center of our activities.

Who are we looking for ?

We are looking for early-stage space tech entrepreneurs with the ambition to become a global company with European DNA, roots and footprint.



launchers & orbital spacecrafts | orbital & rocket engines | last-mile delivery systems | etc.

Space Data Exploitation & Information

AI | space data processing | sensor/information fusion | etc.

Ground Systems


ground equipment manufacturing | ground stations as a service | mission & design control | en-users antennas | etc.

Space Exploration,
In-situ / In-orbit Systems

space resources exploitation & exploration | space debris removal | in-orbit maintenance, manufacturing & refueling | space-based power stations | etc. 


quantum computing and communication | IoT & Internet constellations | laser communications | space antennas | etc.




avionics systems | thermal control systems (TCP) | mechatronics and mechanical systems | instrumentation & advanced sensors | propulsion systems | etc.

Earth Observation, Weather & Navigation


weather, observation & GNSS innovative payloads and/or systems | satellite as a service | reconfigurable payloads | etc.

Space Situational Awareness

space tracking & surveillance services | tracking telescopes & radars | space-based surveillance | etc.



anti-jamming / spoofing communications | anti-satellite missiles | space laser energy | etc.

Anker 1

Thomas Jarzombek, MdB

Spaceflight is mostly research at the edge of feasibility, demanding the development of new technologies for extreme environmental conditions. Start-ups can make future-oriented contributions with their new ideas, disruptive innovations and new business models. Start-ups and founders are important players in the NewSpace community.

Economic Affairs Ministry’s Commissioner for the Digital Industry and Start-ups and Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy

SpaceFounders is located at the heart of the French and German space ecosystems

Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales

18, avenue Edouard Belin

31400, Toulouse


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Universität der Bundeswehr München
Werner-Heisenberg-Weg 39
85579 Neubiberg


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Locations & Contact

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