CASSINI Hackathons & Mentoring

Europe-wide CASSINI Hackathons are a major opportunity to develop ideas for a digital application building on space data, including satellite images and positioning services. They are particularly addressed to students, graduates, researchers and teams/start-ups in their very early stages. Each hackathon takes place simultaneously in ten European cities and the local organisers will offer everything you need to form a great team, learn about accessing space data, identify customer needs, and start working on your digital solution.

CASSINI Matchmaking

Europe-wide networking for new business opportunities based on a series of matchmaking events for start-ups and SMEs starting in 2022. By participating in matchmaking events, start-ups and SMEs will expand their professional networks and find new product development partners, customers, and investors. Each event will offer opportunities for both industrial partnering with large corporations and matchmaking with investors. The thematic events will each year cover different business areas and have a good geographic coverage throughout Europe, and address different value chains.

CASSINI Prizes and Competitions

This CASSINI initiative contains a space competition called CASSINI MyEUSpace competition and CASSINI Prizes. MyEUSpace competition aims to support the development of innovative commercial solutions - such as mobile apps or hardware-based solutions - that are leveraging EU Space data from the Galileo positioning system and Copernicus Earth Observation images. It offers the chance to win prizes from a €1 million prize pool, and get qualified mentoring to develop digital application or physical product. CASSINI Prizes aim to develop close-to-market digital applications based on European space data, including satellite images, positioning services and other sources, and to demonstrate solutions to tackle global environmental and societal challenges. The prizes require both state-of-the-art technology and a convincing business concept. The best proposals will present their prototypes on the spot and get the chance to compete for a sizeable monetary prize. Terms and conditions apply.

CASSINI Access to finance

Enabling many more space companies to raise risk capital – that is the objective of the CASSINI Facility. It provides capital to VC funds to be invested into EU-based companies developing and marketing space technology and digital services using space data. While new entrants in the space sector previously found it challenging to raise capital, CASSINI Facility will be a game-changer.

CASSINI In-Orbit Demonstration

To get market validation, space technology component, product or system needs to be tested in real space conditions and obtain flight heritage. This is the objective of the European Union’s In-Orbit Demonstration and Validation (IOD/IOV).