ESA offers an exciting opportunity for Small and Medium sized Businesses (SMBs) entering into the field of satellite communications with the ARTES Entry Initiative. This initiative is designed to support SMBs through the stages of research and development for the satcom market. Satellite communications can be a difficult market for smaller businesses to enter. The technical and commercial risks, as well as the perceived complexity of the area, can act as strong deterrents to entrepreneurs and potential financiers alike.
However, satcom provides many exciting possibilities for new technology, products and applications, and it is not only the large enterprises that can exploit these opportunities successfully. The scheme awards development contracts with financial support up to 75% of the activity cost (max €250,000).
In addition to the financial support, ESA will also use its expertise and contacts to bring together complementary ideas and ventures in the satcom field.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Any small or medium-sized business from a country participating in ARTES SATCOM-APPS that has not worked with ESA in the last 10 years is eligible to apply. Participating countries are Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
N.B.: The ARTES SATCOM-APPS Programme Element is an optional programme of the Agency, and as such every activity has to explicitly receive the financial support by the National Delegations of the relevant countries of the bidding consortium. The Tenderer shall therefore contact their national delegations before submitting their Outline Proposal.
For more information on the financial support of ARTES SATCOM-APPS programmes see Funding Schemes.