Portuguese Eureka Chairmanship participation in Eureka Investment Readiness Programme: European Space Agency

On the 7th October, at 3 PM (CEST), the Portuguese Eureka Chairmanship had the opportunity to contribute to a webinar by Eureka and ESA, the First Online Session with European Space Agency within the Joint Investment Readiness Programme.

This webinar was focused on giving more information about ESA’s opportunities and presenting programmes for start-ups and SMEs. The welcome speech was done by the NPC Chair of the Portuguese Eureka Chairmanship, Emir Sirage, who presented an overview of the chairmanship and how its goals align with relevant current topics like climate change and the consequences for ecosystems, the economy and society, and the benefits space technology can bring. During the webinar there was also the opportunity to learn about ESA Business Incubation Centers, Technology Brokers and Business Application Ambassadors and current market trends in some domain areas such as 5G connectivity as well as Earth Observation integrated with Artificial Intelligence.

ESA Space Solutions is designed to provide multiple entry points such as ESA Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs), and has as a mission is to support entrepreneurs in Europe in the development of business using satellite applications and space technology to improve everyday life.

The Portuguese Eureka Chairmanship started on July 2021 and wishes to continuously contribute to the success of Eureka as a major tool to promote research and innovation close to market, promoting the dynamism of the economy, as well as encouraging the involvement of the network in international initiatives that shall stimulate new opportunities for the development of new products and services. These focus on generic policy priorities such as Space-Ocean related technologies, Earth Observation systems, CO2 neutrality, Sustainability & Circular Economy, AI & Digital readiness – all corresponding to major challenges of our global society

Eureka is the world’s biggest public network for international cooperation in R&D and innovation, aiming to promote the growth of start-ups, SMEs, large corporations, investigation centres and universities through funding and support of international cooperation in R&D. Established in 1985 as an agreement between 18 countries to foster European competitiveness, integration and to encourage R&D cooperation, since then, it has expanded to include over 45 countries.