The Technology Transfer Programme of the European Space Agency (ESA) will hold an Investment Forum for start-up companies and small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) from 19-20 May 2010 in Stuttgart, Germany.
The Investment Forum aims to foster investment and partnership opportunities for companies using space technology or space systems in non-space applications. Participants will get an opportunity to meet with finance and investment representatives and to present their business plans.
“We believe that this is a unique opportunity for such companies in search of venture capital,” said Sue Davies of ESA’s Technology Transfer Programme Office.
In recent years, the transformation of space technologies into commercial applications has generated many business opportunities for Europeans in the satellite-based services market.
Free registration is open to independent companies with their operational headquarters in Europe that are active in space-related technologies and are seeking growth funding over the next two years.
Presentations before potential investors will last 8 minutes presentation followed by a 7-minute question and answer session.
The Investment Forum in Stuttgart is organised by ESA’s Technology Transfer Programme Office in collaboration with Europe Unlimited. Previous Investment Forums were held at the European Space Research and Technology Centre in the Netherlands and at La Hulpe, Belgium.
ESA has successfully transferred about 200 space technologies to non-space sectors for applications as diverse as cooling suits for a Formula 1 racing team and ground penetrating radar to detect cracks in mine tunnels.
The business promotion activities have also led to the creation of a number of new start-up companies in Europe, many of which have been promoted through ESA’s Business Incubator.
Register online and create a profile as a presenting company here.