Openet Technologies in collaboration with E4Impact Foundation introduced SPARKme an initiative that has supported the creation of two Technological Accelerators, located in Matera, Italy and in Nairobi, Kenya aimed at developing technology transfer and capacity building activities to facilitate the use of space technologies and systems for commercial applications (products and/or services).
The Technological accelerator in Kenya has already absorbed 20 entrepreneurs who were selected to participate in the SPARKme project.
Supported by the Italian Space Agency and the European Space Agency the ultimate goal of the programme to stimulate the creation and growth of new markets of space/satellite-based services, addressing the real users’ need and triggering cross-fertilization processes by “contaminating” other areas of activity with the use of space technologies.
The initiative seeks to support innovative ideas with high potential, placing interaction between the research and the space industry at the heart of a process of territorial economic development and growth.
With these Technological Accelerators, the know-how and the assets represented by the advanced space, satellite and telecommunication technologies available in the two territories, will be fully exploited
“We want to fully utilize the space technology to improve businesses and help entrepreneurs answer well to the final market. The 20 entrepreneurs already in the system will have a 12-month participation in the pilot stage of the programme. They will have the opportunity to learn and phase out constraints through the rigorous training and networking,” said Filomena from Openet.
To facilitate this knowledge and technology transfer, Openet Technologies and E4Impact Foundation hosted the Nairobi Space Days: a three days series of events dedicated to the theme of Space which aimed at providing visibility to the rapidly changing space technology & its applications and offer strategic networking opportunities by bringing together the most important Space Economy stakeholders, companies, partners and visionaries pushing the topic of space in Italy, Kenya and beyond.
Start-ups have already started the distance training programme including customized sessions for the entrepreneurs interested in using the satellite technology/applications to strengthen their business.