LAUNCHPAD is a 12-day European Space Agency (ESA) BIC DK pre-incubation accelerator program for selected hardworking entrepreneurs to create moonshot startups using space to benefit earth.
LAUNCHPAD 2021 16-27 AUGUST
COPENHAGEN, AARHUS & AALBORG
The World's First Pre-Incubation Accelerator for Space-Tech
Do you want to become a space entrepreneur?
Do you see yourself as hardworking, disciplined and dedicated?
Do you want to utilize space to benefit earth?
Then LAUNCHPAD is for you.
Take a look at our LAUNCHPAD promo video below
About LAUNCHPAD 2021
LAUNCHPAD is a 12-day European Space Agency (ESA) BIC DK pre-incubation summer program for selected entrepreneurs to create moonshot startups using space to benefit the earth.
The goal of LAUNCHPAD is to accelerate the growth of new space tech startups to go into ESA BIC DK incubation after LAUNCHPAD and receive a free-of-charge package of business coaching, technical support, and cash incentives of 50.000 EUR during an incubation period of up to 2 years.
The LAUNCHPAD program structure is heavily influenced by the world-renowned 24 Step Disciplined Entrepreneurship approach, created by Bill Aulet, used at MIT Entrepreneurship and Delta-V.
The program is highly selective, and the selected participants are in for 12 faced-paced, long, intense, and demanding days. LAUNCHPAD is no summer camp. Our goal is to get the participants from idea to VC-ready in less than two weeks.
LAUNCHPAD 2021 is going national this year. We are hosting the program simultaneously at our 3 incubation hubs at the Technical University of Denmark in DTU Skylab, at Aarhus University in The Kitchen, and at Aalborg University at CREATE. You can state in your application which location is your best fit for creating a cutting-edge startup.
LAUNCHPAD 2021 will mix digital and physical activities, where we finish the program with a vast Demo Day in the Tycho Brahe Planetarium. Note that the program is digital from the 16-20 of August. So your physical presence is only required from the 21-27 of August.
Read more about the three entrepreneurial hubs below.
What’s in it for me, you might ask.
ALL INCLUSIVE DEMO DAY AT THE PLANETARIUM IN COPENHAGEN
When you participate in LAUNCHPAD 2021, you are invited to an all-inclusive Demo Day by the ESA BIC DK in Copenhagen’s Planetarium. Here you have the unique opportunity to watch the current ESA BIC Denmark Incubatees pitch in front of some of Denmark’s leading Venture Capitalists and Business Angels. We finish Demo Day off by announcing the best ESA BIC DK Incubatee and the best startup teams at LAUNCHPAD 2021.
GET YOU OWN SPACE ENTREPRENEUR STARTER KIT!
Every LAUNCHPAD 2021 participant receives their very own space entrepreneur starter kit. The starter kit consists of a set of indispensable items for any space entrepreneur:
• ESA BIC DK x LAUNCHPAD 2021 T-Shirt
• ESA BIC Denmark keychain
• ESA BIC Denmark thermos bottle
• The book “24 steps to disciplined entrepreneurship” by Bill Aulet from MIT.
All packed together in an ESA BIC Denmark tote bag.
YOU WILL ALSO GET:
• Specialized Business Development Support
• Technical Support
• World-class keynotes and talks by selected space entrepreneurs
• ESA BIC DK Incubator Application Support
• 24/7 access to a workspace during LAUNCHPAD 2021.
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How to apply
When you apply for LAUNCHPAD 2021, you are part of a selection process, where we will select the best applicants based on your application and individual interviews. All applicants will receive feedback on their applications no later than 18th June 2021.
We have two different application groups:
- Group 1: Individuals or groups with an idea for a space-tech startup.
- Group 2: Highly dedicated individuals that would like to join a space-tech startup who can contribute with other skills than the idea and entrepreneurship (product development,
technical development, business development, operations, marketing, finance, strategy, and more).
You are welcome to reach out to your regional event manager for application support. You can find contact info at the bottom of the website.
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What happens after LAUNCHPAD?
Successful startups will have the opportunity to apply for the next Open Call for the ESA BIC DK 2-year Incubation Program, and if accepted, be given:
- 50.000 Euro Grant
- 80 Hours of Tech Support
- Specialized Business Development
- Access to Investors & Funding
- Access to the ESA BIC network with more than 20 hubs in all of Europe