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Space Economy: ESA BIC Turin announces the 8 startups

Verantwortlicher Autor: Stefano Pizzurro Turin, 19.05.2022, 12:13 Uhr
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Turin [ENA] ESA BIC Turin announces the 8 startups selected for the incubation program Names of the first 8 startups that will take part in the incubation program of the center supported by ESA and ASI and born from the synergies between I3P, Politecnico di Torino and the LINKS Foundation have been announced.

These are Kurs Orbital, Adaptronics, Astradyne, Volta Structural Energy, Space-V, Synchropal, Mespac, Hipparcos. Waiting for them: mentoring, technological and fundraising support and financial contributions of € 50,000. PRESS KIT From systems for logistics and space robotics to innovative structural batteries for future satellite applications, passing through innovative solar panels and greenhouses designed to allow the cultivation of terrestrial plants on space modules, arriving at services for environmental monitoring and security in telecommunications.

These are some of the focuses of the 8 startups (Kurs Orbital, Adaptronics, Astradyne, Volta Structural Energy, Space-V, Synchropal, Mespac and Hipparcos) selected to become part of the first round of the ESA Business Incubation Center Turin incubation program (, the center created to support the technological and business development of new innovative companies based on space technologies, with both upstream and downstream applications. ESA BIC Turin aims to promote the development of an attractive local ecosystem capable of encouraging the interaction and involvement of all stakeholders active in the space economy sector.

In recent months, there has been a strong national and international interest in the program managed by the I3P incubator ( with the technological support of the Polytechnic of Turin ( and the Links Foundation (https : // and in coordination with the European Space Agency (ESA) and with the Italian Space Agency which also provide technical and financial support. Since the launch of the initiative, more than 35 entrepreneurial teams have been met, 13 startups have applied for the first round of the open call and among these, 8 have been selected that have entered the incubation program.

They will receive a financial contribution of €. 50,000 (equity-free) for both product development and intellectual property management together with business coaching and mentoring, technological support, fundraising support and access to the extensive network of partners of ESA BIC Turin and the ESA BIC network, including large companies, investment funds and research entities. At the local level, the program is supported by the Piedmont Region which will provide part of the contributions to the startups, by the Turin Chamber of Commerce and by the Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation which will provide financial support for the management activities of the center.

The latter will also activate innovative investment tools to support the technological development and growth phase of future startups. "We are truly proud of the group of entrepreneurial and scientific talents gathered for the inaugural edition of our incubation program, which is positioned as a unique opportunity in Italy", comments Giuseppe Scellato, President of I3P and coordinator of ESA BIC Turin. "We are now working with startups to offer collaborations for technical and business development and support their growth and integration in the aerospace sector"

"The response to the first call was beyond expectations; as an Agency we are satisfied with the level of the start-ups selected together with the partners and we are convinced that the incubator will continue to produce positive effects for the innovation of the territory" underlines Mauro Piermaria Innovation Manager and New Space Economy of ASI. "We are increasingly aware of the need for further development and consolidation of a national ecosystem functional to the growth of new entrepreneurial realities connected to space".

"In the wake of the Techstars program, Turin is increasingly establishing itself as the Italian reality where startups are accelerating, that is a lively ecosystem in which entrepreneurial projects can find the skills, financial resources and industrial fabric necessary to stabilize and grow" , declared Francesco Profumo, President of the Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation. "It is therefore with enthusiasm that we are preparing to launch the inaugural edition of ESA BIC Turin, which our Foundation supports both by contributing to covering management costs and by using innovative financial instruments to support startups".

The selection of startups will continue in the coming months, on the website there are instructions for accessing the next selection rounds. The startups selected for the ESA BIC Turin incubation path KURS ORBITAL - Italian startup born from a corresponding Ukrainian company with a high technical profile, Kurs Orbital develops a solution for space logistics based on a proprietary technology for docking satellites in orbit. In particular, Kurs Orbital aims to offer services for the inspection and maintenance of satellites, favoring the extension of their useful life.

ADAPTRONICS - Bolognese start-up, AdapTronics produces adaptive mechatronic devices for intelligent logistics on Earth and in space. In particular, the company has developed a solution based on a multifunctional electrostatic membrane to allow the gripping and manipulation of objects of any shape. The company, a spin-off of the University of Bologna, won the National Innovation Award in the area of ​​industrial applications in 2021. ASTRADYNE - The start-up Astradyne, founded by a team with international experience in research laboratories of space agencies, has developed an innovative technology for the production of flexible printed circuits.

Solution that can be applied to a variety of deployable space systems such as antennas, housing modules, solar panels. Specifically, the first application developed is an origami-inspired solar panel that aims to solve the limitation of homologs conventionally used in space applications. VOLTA Structural Energy - Start-up focused on the development of structural batteries based on the use of aluminum ions, with the aim of obtaining batteries integrated in the satellite structure, guaranteeing weight reduction and high energy efficiency. SPACE-V - A spin-off company of the University of Genoa, Space-V is involved in developing innovative greenhouses for the cultivation of plants in orbital stations and in future lunar

and Martian settlements. The start-up counts among the founding members Franco Malerba, the first Italian astronaut in history, part of the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis in 1992. SYNCHROPAL - Synchropal is a start-up that is developing, starting from a proprietary technology, an innovative system (MODO) based on satellite data for the synchronization of time, which guarantees protection against hacker attacks against digital terrestrial infrastructures. In particular, the technology developed by the startup finds applications in the field of telecommunication networks, in the synchronization systems of electricity distribution networks and more generally for all infrastructures that use satellite signals for navigation services

MESPAC - Turin start-up specialized in the characterization of marine environments for the construction of offshore plants. The metoceanic data provided by the company (i.e. meteorological and oceanic) are obtained by combining satellite data with those detected by surface sensors through the use of proprietary algorithms. HIPPARCOS - Start-up specialized in the development and production of innovative star-trackers, or systems based on sets of cameras installed on board satellites to identify their position in space with high precision based on the relative positioning of the stars.

ESA BUSINESS Incubation Center ESA Business Incubation Centers (ESA BICs) are the largest European incubator network for startups active in the space sector. The main objective of the ESA BICs is to grow clusters of space-related start-ups across Europe. All ESA BICs are managed by entities capable of relating startups to local industry, universities and research bodies, government bodies and investors, while maintaining strong regional / national ties. This strategy allows ESA BICs to be well integrated into local communities, as well as to represent the privileged place for all space-related innovations and business projects.

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