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ESA Business Applications Ambassadors

The ESA Business Applications Ambassadors extend the reach of the Agency by engaging with communities which would otherwise never hear about space. The role of the Ambassadors is threefold: 

  1. They are the first national point of contact, have the ability to multiply and reinforce positive messages about space in Europe and act as a bridge between ESA, Member States, and industry.
  2. Ambassadors create and manage relationships with the non-space industries, actively engaging with communities in line with national strategies.  
  3. Provide support to companies: Ambassadors are also advisors for companies from the initial stages of awareness to the different types of funding opportunities inside of ESA‘s ARTES (Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems) 4.0 programme – feasibility studies, kick-starters, demonstration projects, etc. Their support consists of providing information, advice, matching with potential partners (consortia building), validating business cases and supporting companies in the application process. Ambassadors do not have a stake in the ARTES programme.

Their main activities are participating in non-space events, by re-distributing social media messages, and most importantly consulting companies on how ESA’s Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications (TIA) can support industry. Additionally, the Ambassadors of the different countries exchange on insights between each other and can support the creation of international consortia.



Jana Kapounova

As ESA Business Ambassador for the Czech Republic, I am happy to support the ecosystem of Czech companies in accessing…


Wojciech Adamiak

SPACE is the key to your innovation. Let’s brainstorm to find out how to accelerate your success with space!


Prof. Hans Sünkel, Martin Mössler

Promoting Austrian cross-industry innovation, powered by space technology and data to foster increased economic…


Jorge Pimenta, Carla Duarte

We believe we can enhance people’s lives on Earth through space. At IPN, we strive to make this possible by supporting…


Annekatrien Debien

Space technology has made tremendous advancements over the past two decades, leading to the creation of innovative…

United Kingdom

Kenneth Gordon,Grant Day,Dr Lucía F. de la Bella,Paul Singh Bhatia,Pier Lion Stoppato

The new Ambassador team onboarded in September 2022 has new ambitions and a new structure. They rely on the experience…


Bärbel Deisting

Space for Earth! We support companies from both the non-space and space sector to realise their business ideas,…

News and Events

Satellite-enabled software helping to accelerate sustainable development in remote areas

Globally, over 700 million people, mostly located in the rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, lack access to reliable electricity. The progress in electrification, achieved through the extension of the main grids, is notably slow and capital intensive; alternative off-grid energy generation systems allow electrification “on the spot” by leveraging the combination of renewable and fossil energy sources.  

Climate risk monitoring for the commodities market

The commodities market is benefitting from a new solution that monitors climate risks and emissions in its supply chain, thanks to a project co-funded through ESA’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) 4.0 programme. The SMOCGEO product from Sust Global applies machine learning methods to space-derived data to provide both long-term and near real-time monitoring, providing insights to support sustainability in the market.

Meet the ESA Ambassador Platform for Belgium

This story is part of our new story series: Meet the Ambassador. In this new series, we’re going to introduce you to the great teams across our Network that are using space to develop business applied in daily life. Curious about their highlights and advice? Read on.

ESA spurs investment in space entrepreneurs

Dozens of people who have set up start-up companies and fledgling businesses are pitching their ideas to investors today, as part of an ESA Investor Forum held in Berlin.

New Fusion of services benefit agricultural users and providers

Three different types of organisations are benefitting from enhancements to a data platform focussing on the provision of agricultural information, thanks to an ESA Demonstration Project. The Fusion Platform® from Digital Content Analysis Technology Ltd (D-CAT) in the UK now offers tailored, on-demand services to agricultural corporates and a new marketplace for algorithm and data providers.

AWOL delivers near real-time photos of mass participation sports in seconds thanks to Demonstration Project

Participants in mass participation sports events, such as triathlons, and their supporters can now receive their photographs within seconds from AWOL Adventure thanks to an ESA Demonstration Project. The satellite-enabled service drastically reduces the time lag associated with processing race images without sacrificing speed, accuracy or quality.

Space tech meets HR to revolutionise hiring processes

Recruitment technology start-up MeVitae have been supported by the European Space Agency (ESA) to apply a space engineering solution to hiring. This innovative transferral of space technology is now helping organisations to remove biases and develop more inclusive and diverse workforces. 

Autonomous shuttle launched at Harwell Campus

UK start-up Darwin Innovation Group has recently launched a fully autonomous passenger shuttle at Harwell Campus, that is utilising integrated satellite and 5G communications for seamless operation. With the support of ESA and the UK Space Agency, the 1-year pilot phase of the project will demonstrate the performance of such vehicles in a real-world environment and investigate all related aspects, including user demand and insurance.

Faster, greener and cheaper – your customised bus service

Travellers in the UK are enjoying quicker and cheaper journeys while also cutting carbon emissions thanks a new public transport app backed by the European Space Agency (ESA).

Assessing insurance risk and damage in the digital age

McKenzie Intelligence Services (MIS) has recently launched a Global Events Observer (GEO) for the insurance industry. GEO amalgamates highly accurate geotagged data from a range of sources to identify and track damage to property and infrastructure caused by catastrophes such as natural disasters. The technology was developed with co-funding from the ESA Business Applications Programme.