The laureates of this year’s ActInSpace competition at the Toulouse Space Show were:
The International Prize (a flight in weightless conditions aboard the A310 Zero-G) went to the Polish team for their Happy Fleet project designed to help motorists cut fuel consumption up to 30%, using a patented CNES technology.
The French National Prize (a trip to see a launch at the Guiana Space Centre) was awarded to the team from Lyon for its Z3D project to build a 3D model of a real object with a magnetic pen. This project also uses a patented CNES technology.
Airbus Defence & Space, the event sponsor, awarded prizes in two categories:
- The Innovation Prize went to England for its DYbyDX project using a mapping system to aid mobility for people in wheelchairs, and to Germany for its NanoConnect project to deliver parcels to people living in regions with no postal address.
- The Entrepreneurship Prize went to a French team from Toulouse for its Wisave project.
The Public Prizes at the international final went jointly to teams from:
- Estonia for their Airsplint project using an inflatable splint made of space materials
- Luxembourg for their Startburst project using a magnetic ring designed for video games and virtual-reality applications
- Toulouse for their 3Deter project using an optical accessory to enhance 3D printing in real time
ActInSpace 2016 attracted 900 candidates in 200 teams, coming from 24 cities in 12 countries, including this year Brazil, Morocco and Turkey. There were five times more participants than at the first edition and therefore the prospect of five times more start-ups being created. But this is only the start of the process for candidates, who will now be receiving support from local and regional structures to turn their ideas into businesses. Plans are already being laid for the third edition of ActInSpace, which will be extending its international reach.
See the prizegiving at https://storify.com/CNES/actinspace-finales-2016
More information at www.actinspace.org
(1) Set up in 2013 at the Paris Airshow, the ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Sud France is the European Space Agency’s sole centre in France (there are 13 others in Europe). It is managed by the Aerospace Valley competitiveness cluster in conjunction with CNES and the Safe cluster. It comprises six incubators in the Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrenees, Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regions: Technopole Bordeaux Technowest, ESTIA Entreprendre, CEEI Théogone, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole and the Midi-Pyrenees and PACA-Est incubators. Since its inception, it has incubated 24 firms. Candidates must make use of space data or spin off space technologies to other sectors. More at www.esa-bic.fr