We believe Space can do more for Earth

Space4Impact wants to maximize the positive impact of Space technologies on Earth by linking New Space companies to non-space markets.

The New Space sector is a fast-growing market, boosting the historical institutional Space exploration programs into commercial applications. Bryce Space & Technology and Morgan Stanley estimates that the roughly $366 billion global Space industry in 2019 could surge to over $1 trillion by 2040. At the same time, Space applications, such as Earth Observation (EO) and geolocation, increasingly play a key role when it comes to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

OUR Mission

Discover our past activities

Discover our Kick-off event with international speakers talking about the impact of space technologies

Discover space startups in our international ecosystem

Discover how we helped the European Cassini Hackathon as a local organiser

Discover how we helped University of Bern with their Planetary Sustainability event

Meet the Team

Gaetan Petit

Gaetan Petit

General Manager

Gaetan is a tech transfer officer at the Space Innovation business unit from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).

Gaetan is promoting New Space technologies for novel applications

Nina Walker

Nina Walker

Head of Operations

Nina recently graduated from the business school HEC Lausanne and previously studied at the hospitality management school (EHL).

Nina has a background in business analytics, marketing and event organization

Andrea Alberti

Andrea Alberti

Venture Partner

Andrea is the co-founder of the Swiss company Micos – “Engineering for Remote Sensing”. At Micos, Andrea works as a senior system engineer and is responsible for sales & business development. 

Andrea has recently conducted an executive MBA at EPFL

Adela Villanueva

Adela Villanueva

Venture Partner

Adela has 15 years of experience transforming, accelerating and scaling large organizations, startups and businesses around the globe.

Adela is helping Space4Impact accelerate its growth and facilitate high tech startups-corporate & public sector collaboration, as well as helping organizations embrace  sustainable innovation

Raphael Roettgen

Raphael Roettgen

Venture Partner

Raphael is the founder of E2MC Space Ventures and possesses a unique blend of space and financial expertise. He has 20 years of global financial markets experience in M&A and investing, at banks and hedge funds.

Raphael is also the author of Hoch Hinaus, an introductory book on space business

Grégoire Bourban

Grégoire Bourban

Co-founder

Grégoire is the deputy director of Space Innovation  at EPFL. From 2011 to 2020 he led the national activities for the Swiss Space center to develop key enabling space technologies in Switzerland. During this period he was a member of the Swiss delegation at ESA for Technology Harmonisation. Since 2020 he is leading the business development activities for Space Innovation.

Grégoire is supporting space innovation in Switzerland

Volker Gass

Volker Gass

Advisor

Prof. Volker Gass is the Head of Space Innovation at EPFL. He moved to academia after more than 20 years of working in the space industry sector. From January 2014 to December 2017, he represented Swiss interests on ESA’s Human Spaceflight and Exploration Science Advisory Committee (HESAC).

His research is related to Systems Engineering as well as technology developments compatible with space environments.

José Achache

José Achache

Advisor

José is the director of AP-Swiss, the ESA Ambassador Platform for satcoms and integrated applications with the Swiss industry. Previously he was the director of the Group on Earth Observations, the director of Earth Observation Programmes at ESA, and the deputy director for Research and Technology at CNES, the French space agency.

José is the architect of COPERNICUS, the global Earth monitoring programme of the European Union

Our partners

Media

EPFL STARTUP UNIT

21 Sep 2021

Using space technology to solve sustainability challenges on Earth

EPFL News

14 Jan 2021

Space4Impact’s mission is to harness the power of space technologies and put them to work here on earth to ensure a sustainable and positive future.

Heidi.news

25 Nov 2020

L’EPFL et l’ESA veulent ramener les technologies spatiales sur Terre

SpaceWatch.Global

19 Nov 2020

Switzerland to kick off Space4Impact platform

SpaceWatch.Global

Aug 2020

Space4Impact opens call for NewSpace companies to join

UN Office for Outer Space Affairs

27 Jul 2020

UNOOSA Space Economy Webinar: 3. How to Scale Up

AGEFI

22 May 2020

Space4Impact ramène les technologies spatiales sur Terre

contact us

Space4Impact

EPFL Innovation Park
Building C
1015 Lausanne
Switzerland