Join the Sustainable Exploration Challenge

Overview

Sustainability is the key to survival in space and on Earth. The same applies to realizing new business ideas: Sustainability is empowered by the diversity of knowledge and skills. Therefore, a cross-industry approach is a smart strategy.

Publish Date

27 JUN 2018

Sustainability is the key to survival in space and on Earth. The same applies to realizing new business ideas: Sustainability is empowered by the diversity of knowledge and skills. Therefore, a cross-industry approach is a smart strategy.

For that reason, we teamed up with Airbus and Air Liquide to drive sustainable solutions for the future of space exploration and together, we sponsor the Space Exploration Masters innovation competition.

In the joint Sustainable Exploration Challenge, we are scouting for new ideas from startups on how to build a Greenhouse or Hydrogen and Oxygen Refueling Station on the Moon! Together we provide the perfect Launchpad for your ideas! Take the opportunity to submit your idea by 31 July 2018 to win great prizes! We will help you develop the business models for your idea and provide you with the right technologies and know-how. We believe that our planet Earth is the starting point for space exploration – and vice versa. Having a business model for both Earth and space, will enable joint development from day one, and give you access to venture capitalist from both worlds.

 

All about the Challenge

For the second year in a row, we are proud to host a challenge of Europe’s first innovation competition dedicated to space exploration. The 2018 edition of our Sustainable Exploration Challenge focuses on sustaining life and the environment on the Moon: It’s time to build your Greenhouse or Hydrogen and Oxygen Refueling Station on the Moon! This is your chance to actively shape space exploration of the future. Now you can build a viable business model for the Greenhouse or the Refueling Station for a space-related and a terrestrial application utilizing the same technologies. Your pitch deck should be geared towards both space and non-space venture capitalists.

 

Technology Building Blocks To Help You Realize Your Idea

To create the best ideas possible, we joined our topic-specific forces to offer you existing Technology Building Blocks, to kick-start your Greenhouse or Refueling Station:

If you need expertise and know-how, just get in touch with our experts at sustainable-exploration@space-exploration-masters.com and ask for support. They are happy to answer your questions. How to start? Choose the topic that would best support your business case!

Topic 1 – Greenhouse: Imagine you are opening the first greenhouse in the Moon Village. What would you grow on the Moon to sustain human life? Which technologies would you use? Would it be indoor farming only, or would you also utilize sunlight, e.g. using dimmable windows to control the extremes? And how much would you sell your produce for?

Topic 2 – Refueling Station: The first hydrogen-based economy may not be on Earth, but on the Moon. You are opening the first hydrogen and oxygen refueling station on the Moon. Most likely, you would melt ice and turn water into hydrogen and oxygen through electrolysis. Based on both gases, many new applications are possible: fuel rovers, fuel cells, or provide oxygen for astronauts. Who are your customers in the Moon Village?

Your Prizes - Win up to EUR 50,000 and more!

The top 10 ideas will receive a big boost of up to EUR 40,000 for a first phase! This includes cross-industry support during the evaluation phase from August till September 2018. The objective is to develop an investors’ pitch, through technology, business, and investor insights.

The two finalists (best Greenhouse / Refueling Station concept) will get an even bigger prize on top! The exclusively tailored business support package comprises, among other invaluable components A Pitch at the Selection Days for the Accelerator Program in November 2018. Upon successful approval, the program covers travel to and free accommodation in Darmstadt, co-location at the Innovation Center, and project support up to EUR 50,000.

Additionally, the winner will receive travel and accommodation expenses for the Awards Ceremony and access to the Space for Inspiration conference in Bilbao, 29-31 October 2018. Now it’s your turn: Tell us about your idea! Show us new solutions that can be turned into business! Integrate our above-mentioned technology building blocks into your solution. Deliver a roadmap with a focus on the first phase of up to EUR 40,000.

We are excited to get to know your team and what makes your team members special! Apply now

 

 


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