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By January 1, 2021April 28th, 2021EXIST

Space based systems include Satellite Navigation, Satellite Communications, Earth Observation, and Human Spaceflight. The data and services from these assets can offer innovative businesses the potential to develop and enhance products and applications in a whole range of business sectors – from Agriculture to Aviation, Transport to Tourism, Energy to Education…and many more.

ESA Business Applications, part of the ESA Space Solutions business support network, offers support and funding to innovative businesses that can effectively utilise space-based assets to commercialise their products and services.

The ESA Business Applications open call funding mechanism offers zero equity funding from €25k to €2M+ and successful applicants gain access to a personalised ESA consultant, commercial and technical guidance, access to an extensive network of partners and a boost to business credibility through European Space Agency branding.

ESA Business Applications also offers funding for through dedicated calls focused on specific themes.

An example of a current themed call is:

Space and 5G Convergence – Transport and Logistics:

Sustainable applications relying on 5G communications will require the establishment of a wide ecosystem including terrestrial and satellite connectivity providers. The purpose of the call is to support the emergence of commercially sustainable products and services enabled by the deployment of converged 5G terrestrial and space networks. Call closes 15th December 2020

More information on potential funding opportunities can be found at, or you can contact the ESA Business Applications Regional Ambassador for South West England at [email protected] or via Twitter at @ESABA_SW, who can guide you through the process.


Andy Williams is the ESA Business Applications Ambassador for South West England and South Wales.

Andy has over 25 years experience working in Europe in the Space Industry including 20 years in Darmstadt, Germany with the likes of the European Space Operations Centre and EUMETSAT, the European Meteorological Satellite organisation. Based in Cornwall since moving back to the UK in 2015, Andy has worked on developing opportunities in satellite telecommunications and downstream satcoms services. Andy has a Masters degree in Astronautics and Space Engineering from Cranfield, UK.

The Ambassador role is hosted by the University of Exeter, through the South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications.

Email: [email protected]