After Innoloft had already welcomed the spin-off initiative of the Swiss Space Center and the European Space Agency Business Incubator (ESA BIC) Space4Impact as a new member of the international Innoloft B2B Tech Ecosystem, a digital platform kick-off event was held on November 25, 2020.
The goal of the launch event was to bring space technologies closer to the general public and to communicate the positive impact of space technologies on Earth. The Space4Impact digital marketplace platform is considered to be one of the tools for realizing this goal. With the help of Innoloft’s digital network infrastructure, inefficiencies in networking and forming partnerships between technology providers, corporate innovation teams, investors and other stakeholders are being eliminated.
The space sector is an emerging market and the current growth of space technologies and data is opening up a whole range of new applications with promising business opportunities. In addition to the economic aspect, sustainability for planet Earth is a key driver for the pursuit and development of space-related technologies. One example of sustainable space applications is the use of Earth observation for smart agriculture: This technology can, for example, enable farms to protect or improve their soils as well as their yield with the optimal use of fertilizers.
However, this space sector trend is often difficult for companies and investors outside the industry to grasp due to a lack of key intermediaries and communication tools – known as tech translators.
At the same time, space startups, for their part, encounter difficulties in reaching the right customers and clients for their products. This is where the Space4Impact initiative steps in: With the help of the digital ecosystem platform and its connection to Innoloft’s cross-sector B2B tech ecosystem, transparency and connectivity as well as the international and cross-industry reach of the individual players are to be improved. This is not least to achieve the goal of maximizing SpaceTech’s positive impact on the planet.
The successful event on November 25, 2020, with more than 100 participants, marked a first step towards achieving this goal: In addition to live presentations by high-profile speakers, including i.e. Ms. Simonetta di Pippo (Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)), Mr. Claude Nicollier (former Swiss astronaut for ESA), Dr. Natalia Archinard (Deputy Head of the Education, Science, Transport and Space Section at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs), Mr. Carlos Augusto Teixeira de Moura (Brazilian Space Agency President) and Mr. Etienne Schneider (Luxembourg Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy) , the individual companies and startups were able to get to know each other and exchange ideas through panel discussions and various pitch sessions. The Startup Pitch Competition was a special highlight and a complete success, not only for the participating startups. In addition, with the help of a speed-dating during the event, more than 60 matches were formed and initial discussions between potential cooperation partners were initiated.
After the successful kick-off event, Innoloft will continue to support the Space4Impact initiative with its platform technology to digitally display attractive and valuable formats such as open innovation challenges or networking events. The focus will be on sustainable action as an important aspect of the platform, because Innoloft and Space4Impact agree: Space can do more for our planet.
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