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Grow your Business with ESA Funding!

Welcome to the ESA Business Applications Programme, where innovation meets opportunity. Here, we are committed to championing Belgian companies developing products using satellite applications, space data and space technology.

Whether you are a start-up, an established business, work in the space sector or not, we share funding opportunities that will help you bring your innovative space-enabled product to the market.

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help you?

Providing a personalized approach to navigating the intricacies of the application process and increase your chances of success

Connecting you to a wide network of like-minded companies operating in Belgium

Serving as a free-of-charge brokering service to help you establish relationships with key institutional actors (ESA & BELSPO) within the Belgian entrepreneurial space ecosystem

Sharing business opportunities such as equity-free funding of up to 750K € to help you turn your ideas into reality

Let’s work together to harness the power of space technology and data-driven solutions to take your business to new heights!

The Business Applications Programme within the ESA ARTES 4.0

The Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) programme is all about boosting the industrial competitiveness of Member States. The programme comprises different programmatic elements, aiming to provide a funding opportunity for businesses, each with their own co-financing rules that cater to your project needs. You can see all the details in our “ESA ARTES 4.0 Programme” figure on the right

ESA ARTES 4.0 programme

The matrix has a simple structure consisting of 3 Strategic Programmatic Lines (SPL) also known as thematic transverse lines, and 3 Generic Programmatic Lines (GPL) acting as toolboxes for the SPLs

Want to learn more about what each ARTES programmatic element can offer?

Look no further! We’ve got a brief description of each one right here, so you can find the perfect fit for your project.

Let’s dive in!

GPL—The Toolbox

The GPLs (Generic Programmatic Lines) are a collection of various tools that can be used to support different types of projects. At different stages of maturity (from R&D to go-to-market), projects can fit within certain GPLs by applying for specific (or open) ESA calls for tenders. The three GPL pillars of the ARTES 4.0 Programme that may be interesting to your company are:

1. Core Competitiveness: The programme supports and develops new or next-generation satellite telecommunication products and technologies up to their first flight opportunity.

2. Business Applications: As a go-to business development service, the Business Applications programme helps companies bring their practical applications and services that leverage space-enabled technologies (e.g., Copernicus and Galileo) to market. These solutions are designed to enhance to improve existing solutions or fill the gaps left by terrestrial ones.

3. Partnership Projects: Partnership Projects with satellite operators and manufacturers provide co-funding and share the risk that comes with investing in new satellite telecommunications systems and equipment.

ARTES 4.0 is committed to providing the necessary expertise and resources to help your project succeed, no matter where you are in your journey, ensuring that you receive the guidance and resources you need to reach your goals.

SPL– The Thematic Transverse Lines

On the other hand, the SPLs (Strategic Programmatic Lines) aim to foster collaboration and synergy between projects within the same thematic transverse line. The SPLs can draw on the tools available in the GPLs to provide support to projects within their area of focus. So, if your idea or project falls within one of the following thematics don’t hesitate to mention it to us when reaching out.

1. Space Systems for Safety and Security (4S): The Programme supports European satellite operators and the manufacturing industry to ensure new levels of security, robustness and resilience, which will become the standard for space communication solutions in the world.

2. Optical Telecoms (i.e., ESA ScyLight): ScyLight supports the research, development and evolution of optical communication – laser – technologies and provides flight opportunities for their in-orbit verification.

3. Satellites for 5G (5G) - Promotes the development and validatation of converged hybrid networks to support the digitalisation of industry and society, in a world where satellites are fully integrated in the connectivity networks.

Not sure where
to start? Don’t
hesitate to reach
out to us!

We’ll direct you to the
programme that fits
your needs.

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Annekatrien Debien

Annekatrien Debien

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I am thrilled to be able to collaborate with innovative companies working with space technologies and unlocking their potential to address some of the most critical challenges faced by our planet. I am equally excited to share business opportunities with you and help you make the most out of them.”