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What is InnORBIT

InnORBIT is a Horizon 2020 project aiming to support space entrepreneurship in South-Eastern Europe (SEE) and Central Eastern Europe (CEE). The consortium consists of 7 partners across 6 EU countries, including Tech Tour global. InnORBIT’s objective is to empower at least 20 innovation intermediaries (clusters, digital innovation hubs, SME associations etc.) across Eastern Europe to set-up and operate local space initiatives (such as Space Cafes, Incubators, Accelerators, Hackathons and Sprints) to provide business support to at least 50 space innovators (start-ups, scale-ups, SMEs etc.) to scale-up and develop commercial products and services that use space-enabled technologies in space and non-space industries.

InnORBIT’s open call for innovation intermediaries in space

Few days ago, InnORBIT has launched its open call for the 2nd pilot round that is expected to start over the next couple months. During this pilot, we deploy a train-the-trainers programme to help startup support organisations to run space initiatives and provide business support to local space innovators. During this pilot round we engage innovation intermediaries across Eastern Europe, such as clusters, incubators, accelerators and other organisations supporting space entrepreneurship or willing to enter this domain.

Innovation intermediaries will first try our Capacity Building Programme and receive online training on key aspects of NewSpace, in a collection of topics such as:

  • the basics of NewSpace and the space market,
  • the flagship programmes and instruments supporting space innovation (GALILEO, EGNOS, GNSS, Copernicus, Space Situational Awareness and GOVSATCOM)
  • the current status and needs of the space sector in Eastern Europe region.

Innovation intermediaries are free to adjust the content of the training to their own needs, skills, resources, interests, strategic plan as well as the maturity of the space ecosystem in their country or region supported by InnORBIT’s experts.

At the same through our Capacity Building Prοgramme the teams of innovation intermediaries are trained to learn how to set up networks, activities and initiatives (InnORBIT's local space initiatives) to support their members, start-ups and SMEs to enter the NewSpace market! InnORBIT's experts will train the intermediaries to set up Space cafes, Hackathons, info days or even fully fledged incubators and accelerators.

Following our train-the-trainers programme, innovation intermediaries will enter the second phase of the pilot round, the Business Support Programme. The Business Support Programme contains training material and courses for space start-ups, innovators and their teams, focused on business aspects related to the NewSpace. Innovation intermediaries have full control over the training space innovators receive. At the same time, innovation intermediaries will start designing their own InnORBIT space initiatives (cafes, hackathons, info days, incubators, accelerators) based on the path they have chosen and start bringing their members on board. InnORBIT's experts will provide support during the design and deployment phase, helping innovation intermediaries to deploy successful initiatives with lesser effort.

During the pilot round, innovation intermediaries retain free and full access to our material and support and after the end of the pilot, they maintain the ownership of the networks and initiatives they created and are welcomed to continue creating strong networks for space innovation.

The expected duration of our pilot is approximately 10 months (3 months for the train-the-trainers programme and 7 months for the deployment of local space initiatives) starting in Spring 2022. No full-time commitment is expected during the pilot - they will carry on their day-to-day activities - and the planning is flexible according to participants' needs, with us providing continuous support at every step.

Innovation intermediaries wishing to become the Most Valuable Player in your local space innovation ecosystem are called to express their interest through our registration form and will be invited to one of our three info days - on March 10th, April 12th, and May 12th to learn more about the process from our consortium experts and get ready to start their InnORBIT journey!