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European Innovation Council

Global competition is intensifying and Europe needs to deepen its innovation and risk-taking capability to compete on a market increasingly defined by new technologies. That is why the Juncker Commission is introducing a European Innovation Council (EIC) to turn Europe’s scientific discoveries into businesses that can scale up faster. Currently in its pilot phase, the European Innovation Council will become a full-fledged reality from 2021 under the next EU research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe (ex-H2020).

Over €2 billion of funding is available for 2019-2020: covering the innovation chain for “accelerator” funding to support startups and SMEs develop and scale up innovations to the stage where they can attract private investment. Under the accelerator funding companies will be able to access blended financing (grants and equity) of up to €15 million, which is well suited to SME that have a project of TRL 8.

The EIC Accelerator is aimed at SME that are looking to scale their high-risk innovation. For projects that will receive both a grant and equity, the EIC will negotiate with the SME about equity-financing terms. Adapted for SME that may not already have VC funding secured.

Contact AXSYSNAV, a company specialised in space applications and member of the EIC network, for further information on how we fund private projects (with a success rate close to 60% for obtaining a grant).

European Space Week in Marseille

European Space Week

Vieux Port, Marseille. Site of the European Space Week.

We are at the European Space Week, being held in Marseille from 3-6 December. Over 1000 delegates learning about the latest developments and business opportunities in GNSS and Copernicus.

Simon Chambers, MD of Axsysnav, is mentoring winners selected by the Copernicus Accelerator, for the third year running: “a great enabler to get your idea to market, this year there are many projects in the area of climate change, resource management, air quality monitoring and forest management”. The companies being mentored will benefit from one year’s coaching by dedicated European professionals.

The European Commission has estimated that between 2017 and 2035, Copernicus will generate at least €67 billion in benefits for European society. In economic terms, the sector has experienced an AGR of 17% on average between 2014 and 2017.

Contact us today for more details about how you can get involved in the Earth Observation industry!


Copernicus mentoring for the European Commission

The European Commission, in the frame of the H2020 programme, has re-appointed Simon Chambers, for the fourth consecutive year as a business mentor to help create innovation in the Earth Observation sector (safety, environment, transport and climate).

Private companies, equipped with an EO application idea, will benefit from business process mentoring in order to get their service to market as soon as possible.

SME from all over Europe are eligible for this support in order to foster innovation and create new opportunities in this exciting market.

Simon Chambers is also a reference coaching for another EC programme, the H2020 SME Instrument and has performed over 15 assignments for private companies in Europe.

First SME Instrument Phase 2 in the region

Axsysnav is pleased to announce that the European Commission has accepted a proposal written for a client, to obtain Phase 2 funding in the frame of a H2020 SME Instrument.

The proposal was retained by the EC in the face of fierce competition – in fact it is the first Phase 2 project ever obtained in the region.

The project is based in the healthcare and space sectors and will provide societal and economic impact in Europe, starting 2017.

Contact Axsysnav if you are interested in being a candidate for the SME Instrument of H2020.

EU Innovation Performance

News from the EU: Sweden has confirmed its innovation leadership. It is followed by Denmark, Finland, and Germany as European Innovation Leaders. Compared to 2014, innovation performance has increased in 15 EU countries, while it declined in 13 others. Axsysnav is helping southern European states redress the north-south divide in the frame of H2020.


H2020 SME Instrument: business coaching

Axsysnav has been providing business coaching and mentoring services in the frame of the H2020 programme entitled “SME Instrument”. The coaching is free-of-charge for successful applicants of the SME Instrument Phase 1 or Phase 2. The services are performed in both French and English languages and include:

o strategic planning;

o leadership and organisational development;

o new product development, market development and internationalisation strategy;

o innovation management;

o IPR and IA;

o financial management and investor readiness;

o business improvement (processes and operational capability);

If your company wishes to benefit from these services, get in touch!

1er Institut des Applications Spatiales

La Région Midi-Pyrénées et son Agence Régionale de Développement, Midi-Pyrénées expansion (MPe) ont lancé pendant le Toulouse space show, le premier institut français dédié aux applications spatiales.

L’objectif d’Inspace(1), soutenu par les industriels régionaux : faire de Midi-Pyrénées, premier bassin d’emplois européen dans le secteur du spatial, la première région européenne dans le domaine des applications.

Les applications retenues seront testées pendant 6 mois et seront commercialisées si leurs résultats sont concluants à la Communauté de Communes de Decazeville (Aveyron) pour le déploiement d’applications sur les thématiques des mouvements de terrain, des risques de crues, du ramassage des ordures ménagères, de l’e-santé, sur le Piémont pyrénéen et ses stations de ski pour des applications dans les domaines de la sécurité en montagne (télé radiologie), l’e-tourisme, le pastoralisme, les ressources naturelles (bois).

Des besoins pour Toulouse Métropole et la communauté d’agglomération du sicoval sont en cours d’étude (mobilité et transport principalement) et un territoire maritime reste à définir.

(1) InSpace compte parmi ses membres fondateurs :
Airbus Defence & Space, Thales Alenia Space, le Cnes, Telespazio, CLS, le Groupement Cecile, le pôle de compétitivité mondial Aerospace Valley, MPE et le Club Galaxie.