SatNAV start-up companies at CeBIT 2008
CeBIT 2008, the world’s largest information technology trade fair, is taking place this week in Hanover, Germany, one of the many exhibition halls is dedicated to satellite navigation where
several start-up companies, members of ESA’s business incubation programme, will present innovative products and solutions that will benefit from Galileo, the European SatNav project.
Even though Europe will have to wait until 2013 to make use of Galileo’s detailed and reliable navigation data, many European firms – including start-up companies – are already working on novel
services and products that will exploit the full potential that Galileo will offer in the future. With their activities, they are tapping into a market that is expected to soar in the coming
years. Experts estimate a market volume of ?400 billion by 2025.
This is why ESA’s Technology Transfer Programme Office (TTPO), which is responsible for coordinating the business incubation programme, is fostering entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas
that make use of SatNav and space technologies. The start-up companies are being supported while they set up their activities, in one of ESA’s three business incubators: one at ESTEC in
Noordwijk, the Netherlands, one at ESOC in Darmstadt, Germany, and one at ESRIN in Frascati, Italy.
Altogether 12 start-up companies from the Business Incubation programme, including one from the European Space Incubators Network (ESINET) have grabbed at the chance to present their products
and services to industry at CeBIT 2008. They can be found at the trade fair on stand D24 in Hall 15 from 4 to 9 March.
The companies are:
ESOC Business Incubator in Germany
etamax space GmbH
ANLU Navigation GmbH
ESTEC Business Incubator in the Netherlands
Estrella Sat B.V.
ESRIN Business Incubator in Italy
Qnet S.r.l. (located in Italy)