In January 2021, the European Commission announced the setting-up of a EUR 1 billion European Space Fund to boost start-ups and space innovation. The key aim was to cover the whole innovation cycle, from business ideas to industry growth: on this basis, CASSINI (Competitive Space Start-ups for InnovatIon) has been put in place to support EU-entrepreneurship among space-related businesses.
Today, CASSINI is a comprehensive initiative managed by DG DEFIS and tailored to the needs of companies in different growth stages, from seed to mid-caps. It also boosts companies developing space technology as well as digital applications for various markets, by improving their access to investments and professional networks. As part of the EU Strategy for SMEs, CASSINI aims at consolidating and streamlining existing actions as well as inciting new ones to create a structured, coherent and long-term public support mechanism to increase growth in the EU.
In particular, the CASSINI Matchmaking programme connects start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs with corporates and investors around four main thematic topics, to solve their business challenges and address global needs. With its customized step-by-step approach, the programme fosters new business and technological development opportunities and the creation of commercial partnerships, sharpening the young companies' strategy to be successful on the market.
Are you a start-up, scale-up or SME working with innovative technology connected with the space sector? CASSINI is pleased to invite you to the Matchmaking virtual kick-off event on April 8, 2022!
The launch event will walk you through the matchmaking initiative and show how participating in the programme can kickstart your business. Whether you are looking for an investor, new clients or corporate partners, the CASSINI Matchmaking team will pinpoint the benefits the programme can offer you, and a Q&A session will clarify open questions.
The team will also help you get connected to key corporate players that are active in your industry field, so you can team up to drive your business forward. We will also get you in touch with A-level investors so you will be well-equipped and ready to step up to the next challenge. CASSINI Matchmaking will offer coaching and trainings to prepare you for the matchmaking meetings and connect you with one of the strongest European networks for space entrepreneurs.
The virtual event, free of charge, will be held online on April 8, 2022 from 10:00 to 12:30 CET in English language. Registration on the dedicated webpage is required to participate.