ESA Telecom kicks-off opportunity for small businesses

30 March 2006

Outline proposals for the sixth round of the ESA Telecom Start-up Projects Initiative will be accepted from 10 April to 15 May 2006. Small or medium-sized businesses from countries participating to the initiative can apply.

Companies that successfully pass the Outline Proposal stage will be invited to present their idea in a bilateral meeting followed by the submission of a Full Proposal before the end of August 2006.

To date, ESA Telecom has launched five rounds of the Start-up Projects Initiative to help Small and Medium size Enterprises (SME) enter the satellite communication (satcom) sector. Previous results have encouraged ESA Telecom to expand and refine the scheme to build on the initial successes.

The field of satellite communications can be difficult for smaller and new businesses to enter. The technical and commercial risks, as well as the perceived complexity of the field, can act as strong deterrents to entrepreneurs and potential financiers alike.

Satcom provides many exciting possibilities for new technology, applications and services in such areas as mobile communications, Internet, multimedia, broadcasting and location-based communication applications.

For more information on this opportunity please visit the ‘ESA Telecom announces 6th round Start-up Projects Initiative’ article on the ESA Telecom specialist site.

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