Kick-start Activities

The Call for Kick-start Activities is ESA’s new funding scheme which is launched in 2017. Activities will be funded at 75%, with ESA providing up to €60,000 per contract. The thematic Calls for Kick-start Activities are open to any industry in participating Member States. They are designed to be particularly interesting for SMEs and start-ups looking for opportunities to develop their ideas for new business applications. Newcomers and organisations we've worked with before are both welcome!

Kick-start Activities are designated to enable companies to undertake compact Feasibility Studies that explore new service and application concepts which make use of space capabilities. Successful Kick-start Activities can be further developed into commercially-viable businesses with follow-up support from ESA Business Applications in the form of a Demonstration Project.

We have streamlined the application process so that the paperwork has been suitably minimised. An Outline Proposal will not be required; solely a single document, maximum 20 pages in length. We are committed to a rapid evaluation process, with approved activities starting within six weeks from evaluation.

The Invitations to Tender for Kick-start Activities are divided into Thematic Calls.

In the second semester 2017, six Thematic Calls for Kick-start Activities will be launched:

  • FinTech (opens 10 July, closes 19 September)
  • Wildlife Protection (opens 31 July, closes 11 October)
  • People Mobility (opens 20 September, closes 31 October)
  • Arctic/Sub-Arctic Regions (opens 12 October, closes 23 November)
  • Space for Municipalities (opens 1 November, closes 13 December)
  • Com. Climate Service (opens 24 November, closes 16 January)

In the first semester 2017, four Thematic Calls for Kick-start Activities were launched:

  • Outdoor Tourism (download webinar presentations)
  • Automated Road Transport (download webinar presentations)
  • Ageing Population (download webinar presentations, re-watch webinar recording)
  • Food Security (closes 10 July, download webinar presentations, re-watch webinar recording)

With the Kick-start Activities, ESA aims to make it easier for entrepreneurs and start-ups to participate in the ESA Business Applications programme, supporting the emergence of new commercial services and applications relying on space assets and data.


As these calls are announced, we will be posting dates when prospective applicants can register for webinars during which we will provide further information on the topics of each call, explaining the proposal process and answering your questions.

The webinars for the Thematic Calls are scheduled for:

You will access the webinars through your web browser. We recommend that you log in 10 minutes before the event begins. This will allow you to test your connection to the server and ensure that all required plugins are up to date. 

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15 December 2016 - Last updated at 12 July 2017 - 16:22