ESA Space Economy

ESA seeks to ensure a sustainable growth of the European space sector and the creation of value to society, from basic research to service development.

Global Space Markets Challenge

With the ESA Global Space Markets Challenge, eligible start-ups and SMEs have a novel opportunity to present their plans to introduce their space products and/or services to international markets. Six winning companies from the upstream and downstream space sector will benefit from support to access international markets, where their products, applications or services could find potential customers. Take part in the competition, apply now!

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Space Economy Initiatives

ESA Global Space Economic Forum


The Global Space Economic Forum (GSEF) is the foremost creative platform to interactively discuss space-led innovation opportunities driven by the space economy

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ESA Global Space Economic Workshop


The Global Space Economic Workshop (GSEW) is a framework to bring together leaders from European industry to promote partnerships and collaborations

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ESA Grand Challenge

Grand Challenge

The Grand Challenge is a competition that proposes inspiring goals far from market reach to tackle specific challenges with unconventional and disruptive approaches

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ESA announces winners of the Global Space Markets Challenge

German SME DcubeD and Spanish SME Detektia Earth Surface Monitoring are the winners of ESA’s Global Space Markets Challenge. During the final round of the competition both companies delivered pitches which secured them the first place in the u...
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G20 Space Economy Leaders Meeting 2021

On 20 and 21 September 2021, the Italian Space Agency (ASI) opened the door to the G20 Space Economy Leaders Meeting 2021. Over two days, Heads of the G20 Space Agencies discussed the contribution of the Space Economy to the global economy, and the n...
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SPAC and the Space Industry

Special-Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) are publicly traded and seek funding to merge or acquire private companies who are willing to go public as well. “SPACs are shell companies with no operations that raise capital through an initial publi...
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