Prof. Hans Sünkel,
Science Park Graz
Science Park Graz is a business incubator with a 20-year track record of successfully connecting science with industry. It is supported by several institutional stakeholders such as the regional governments of the State of Styria, the City of Graz, Graz University of Technology and other universities within the region. It also cooperates with various industry clusters (e.g. green tech, automotive) to ensure long-term relationships between industry, SMEs, scientific organisations and start-ups. With extensive experience in interacting with industry, Science Park Graz is embedded within a strong community of competitive players across multiple sectors.
What is the most notable achievement that you had so far?
ESA’s Business Applications programme offers Austrian companies and communities powerful tools to fully exploit space assets, boosting the local economy and enhancing everyday activities. The ESA Business Ambassador for Austria programme strives to promote the use and implementation of products and services powered by space technology (such as Earth Observation data, Satellite Navigation, Telecommunication services and technologies derived from Human Spaceflight) to create successful terrestrial applications and services.
The network and link with ESA
To create new and sustainable businesses, the ESA Ambassador programme fosters engagement between both space and non-space players from industry and academia. In many cases this leads to the emergence of strategic national and international partnerships. In addition, it serves as a starting point to undertake business and technical feasibility checks, demonstrations, and pilot projects, and to obtain both technical expertise and funding from ESA and industry partners.
The ESA Ambassador programme helps interested companies, entrepreneurs, and research organisations to make the most of the countless opportunities available within the ESA Business Applications programmes. Moreover, the Ambassador programme strives to strengthen and widen the community of Austrian businesses that are already proactively exploring space data to create more sustainable services.
Vision where BASS is important
The main goal of ESA’s Ambassador programme is to promote cross-industry innovation, powered by space technology and data to foster increased economic activity, growth, and prosperity in Austria and beyond.