VENTURE CAPITAL AVAILABLE FOR SPACE-BASED COMPANIES

martes, 29 de noviembre de 2016

The Seraphim Space Fund of venture capital, currently worth £50 million, is set to boost European small, medium and start-up companies developing space-based applications, services and technologies.
The fund offers a springboard for all space technology, emerging products, applications and associated services that have been developed with ESA’s help.
This includes software, hardware and integrated solutions for companies that use satellite data for a wide range of applications such as intelligent transport and smart cities, through to sectors including insurance, maritime, agriculture and oil and gas.
The fund fits well with projects that have originated under ESA’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) programme, but is also open to all developments that have been supported by ESA, including ESA-incubated companies.
Seraphim fills the funding gap that often exists when a space company or start-up first enters the market and can provide expertise and access to customers, if required.
The fund is targeting a final value of about £80 million during the second quarter of 2017 but has already opened for business and is ready to make investments.
ESA’s Senior Advisor to the Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, Amnon Ginati, who sits on the Seraphim Advisory Board, commented, “ESA’s cooperation with Seraphim Capital offers space companies, start-ups and ESA-incubated companies a new conduit to funding beyond ESA.
“The Seraphim fund tops a long list of private investors who have already committed more than €55 million in commercially promising companies and projects arising out of ESA programmes.
“ESA makes no financial contribution to the Seraphim fund. ESA’s role is to recommend suitable candidates and act as a facilitator, and these efforts are paid for by the fund.”
Mark Boggett, Managing Director at Seraphim Capital, added: “Low-cost access to space will come to define the decade ahead. We look forward to working closely with ESA and providing the next step of financing to a range of innovative businesses developed through their various programmes.”
Seraphim Capital is managed by a team of fund partners, with decades of experience investing in early stage technology businesses. The new fund focuses on space tech and the broader ‘space enabling’ ecosystem.
The space industry is undergoing unprecedented technological change and the fund’s corporate venture structure will enable investors, including large space companies, to gain insight into the next wave of emerging technologies, helping them to innovate faster and ultimately bring more value to their customers.
More information about Seraphim Capital can be found at http://seraphimcapital.co.uk/

ARTES transforms research and development investment into space technology, systems, commercial products and services that benefit our daily lives. ARTES Applications can be found at: artes-apps.esa.int, while ARTES technology and products may be found at: artes.esa.int.
About the European Space Agency
The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe’s gateway to space.
ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.
ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, of which 20 are Member States of the EU.
ESA has established formal cooperation with seven other Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.
By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes.
ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities.
Today, it develops and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space.
Learn more about ESA at www.esa.int

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CITIZENS’ SPACE DEBATE: THE MAIN FINDINGS AND THE FUTURE

On 10 September,about 2000 Europeans helped to shape the future of space by taking part in a world first: the Citizens’ Debate on Space for Europe. 
ESA organised the event to gather opinions and ideas to help develop and nurture the future strategy for space in Europe.
When Jan Woerner was elected as Director General of ESA by its Member States he expressed the wish to boost dialogue with all stakeholders and to open up space to a broader public. This Citizens’ Debate translated his intention into practice, by including people from all walks of life around Europe.
About 2000 people representing a broad diversity of citizens in 22 countries debated space issues during the day-long event.
This consultation exercise, on an unprecedented scale, was organised in all ESA Member States simultaneously, following the same approach.
In order to consolidate the 22 national results into one report at European level, the debates followed the same pattern and addressed the same questions. Although quantitative results were available soon after the debate, it required more time to analyse the qualitative results – in particular the creative session where participants were asked to imagine a space project for 2046 and 200 scenarios were proposed.
An entire day on space issues
Five sessions on “Space and me”, “Europe’s role in space exploration and exploitation”, “The global governance of space”, “Let’s go into space” and “Preparing the future of space for Europe” were each opened with a video before the debates. Participants then answered a set of standardised questions on each theme.
At the end, feedback from participants revealed a 92% rate of satisfaction with the exercise, and 95% considered that ESA should organise similar events in the future.

Notable results
  • 96% think space is a universe of possibilities and opportunities;
  • 94% have full or a high level of trust in European space agencies;
  • 84% have full or a high level of trust in space agencies in general.

Thinking outside the box
  • 84% think space should be protected from polluting and potentially harmful human activities;
  • 84% consider ESA should accelerate the opening up of space programmes and space activities to non-space traditional actors (such as non-governmental organisations, start-ups specialised in new services on mobile devices and Internet-connected objects, citizens, clubs, artists, schools and universities);
  • 89% would be in favour of giving citizens the possibility of contributing to space programmes on a voluntary basis.

Divided opinions
69% consider ESA should develop specific programmes to improve security, while 16% consider it should not develop programmes in the security sector;
  • For exploiting natural resources:
  • 80% consider it would be acceptable for international institutions to exploit natural resources such as raw materials and energy, without claiming ownership;
  • 39% consider that governments should be able to exploit resources, while 47% think that they should not;
  • 37% say the private sector should be able to exploit resources from space, while 49% state that they should not;
  • 53% say private–public partnerships should exploit resources from space, while 32% state they should not.

According to the Space 4.0[1] strategy of ESA Director General Jan Woerner, it is crucial for the Agency to involve more actors, especially citizens and in particular member state taxpayers and end-users, in considering responses to societal challenges. Space is put at their service and can positively affect current and future generations through innovation, exploration and international cooperation.

The Citizens’ Debate results are available online in the 17 languages of the debate at: citizensdebate.space
A summary of the main recommendations from participants:
  •  Be global. Participants see themselves as citizens of the world and as humanity, believing that space should address societal challenges (including environmental issues). Space is a common good for humanity.
  • Be environmentally conscious, protect space. Space should be kept clean, space debris removed, and protected for future generations.
  • Be innovative. Space exploration benefits our daily lives and the future of humanity. A first step should be to return to the Moon, as proposed with the Moon Village concept.
  • Communicate and be interactive. ESA should continue the dialogue with citizens and all stakeholders (including other space agencies), share information (involving the ESA Digital Agenda for Space), develop communication and marketing actions, and conceive, build and implement large and inspirational missions that involve the public.

What now?
The Director General will use the strong messages of the debate participants in shaping the Agency’s future space activities and also to continue the dialogue with stakeholders. He stresses that the opinions expressed by participants will be taken into account in his discussions at ESA’s Ministerial Council in Lucerne, on 1–2 December.

Replica Debates
To continue the dialogue, ESA encourages its member state citizens to organise ‘replica debates’. These may take place in schools, classes, clubs, associations and other similar places.
The required materials can be downloaded at citizensdebate.space. Videos, presentations and the Citizens’ Debate magazine are available in 17 languages and can be used to organise citizens’ own debates, or simply as information material.

For further information, please contact:
Nathalie Meusy
ESA Citizens’ Debate project manager


About the European Space Agency
The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe’s gateway to space.
ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.
ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Slovenia is an Associate Member.
ESA has established formal cooperation with six other Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.
By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes.
ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities.
Today, it develops and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space.
Learn more about ESA at www.esa.int

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