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Picterra

Geospatial AI-based SaaS platform

https://picterra.ch

What is the mission of Picterra?

Picterra’s goal is to democratize the access to Earth observation and machine learning and eventually provide a new source of information that will help Humanity make better-informed decisions to protect our global ecosystem.

The vision of Picterra is to make the use of Earth observation imagery accessible to all, not just data scientists and developers.

What does Picterra offer?

Picterra is an AI-based SaaS platform which allows users to interactively create a personalized AI tool, to detect, localize and count any objects they want from satellite and aerial imagery, all in just a few clicks.

What is the Space Tech behind it?

With daily images from satellites and drones being commoditized, the observation of Earth’s surface has reached an unprecedented level.

What are the applications?

Using Picterra anyone can track deforestation over thousands of square kilometers of protected forests, map urban growth and the spread of new buildings, as well as count any object they want anywhere across the planet’s surface.

How is Picterra supporting the UN SDGs?

Picterra can directly support several of the SDGs, such as SDG 2 with precision agriculture, SDG 6 and 11 with mapping of settlements for water sanitation planning, SDG 13 with mapping natural hazards impact and damages and finally SDG 15 with wildlife monitoring generally tracking biodiversity on our Planet.

GOAL 2: Zero Hunger

GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

GOAL 13: Climate Action

GOAL 15: Life on Land

CompPair

Healable and Sustainable composites

https://comppair.ch

What is the mission of CompPair?

CompPair extend the life time of composite structures, bringing circular economy to space industry.

What does CompPair offer?

CompPair provides smart prepregs (preimpregnated textiles) semi-products integrating a novel chemistry and compatible with existing production lines of structural composite materials. These new materials enable repeated damage healing, usage as resistant and lightweight materials and easier recycling at the end-of-life. Reducing maintenance costs, increasing products lifetime and improving global sustainability while keeping standard specifications are the opportunities they provide to the composites industry.

What is the Space Tech behind it?

Composite materials, thanks to their high strength to weight ratio, are of high interest in space shuttles, launchers and satellites components. Damage events into composites are deeply present in space and can be highly critical in some situations ranging from production, to handling, to ballistic impact.

What are the applications?

CompPair brings on the market healable and sustainable composite material solutions to reduce repair time from hours to minutes and improve circularity.

Composite materials are widely used in many industries including space applications. The global composite market is of $ 83 billion and grew 40% since 2014. However, a major limitation of composites is their sensitivity to damage; they are brittle, by design, due to the resin properties. Current repair solutions are costly and time consuming; and recycling is still nowadays almost inexistent. CompPair tackles these composite limitations, and leads a paradigm change for the industry.

How is CompPair supporting the UN SDGs?

The vision of CompPair is to provide full circularity to the composites industry. Life-cycle analysis of models for circular economy of composites, including reuse, repair, refurbish and recovery of parts, demonstrated resources reduction of at least 50%. CompPair is thus fully in-line and contributing to reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 12 and 13, as well as 7 and 9.

 

GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

GOAL 13: Climate Action

 

OBUU

Logistics Intelligence for Optimal Operation

https://www.obuu.es

What is the mission of OBUU?

There is a need to use new mathematical methods for stock logistics optimisation of manufacturers and operators, in order to reduce costs and to implement lean strategies. OBUU is a data-driven software, that uses operational data from logistics processes to analyse and improve the efficiency of the complete supply chain.

What does OBUU offer?

OBUU has developed an advanced logistic intelligence software tool capable of defining cost vs. efficiency master curves to optimizes multi-echelon logistic system and run future scenario simulations.

What is the Space Tech behind it?

Similar processes are already used for the maintenance of ESA Columbus module. The main factors in space being that:

– Space mission are multi-echelon systems

– Spares are very expensive

– Storage volume is limited in space

What are the applications?

OBUU’s ability to predict when and where spare parts will be needed is essential to manage stock optimisation. The stock optimisation process can be applied in different industries:

– aerospace industry

– railway industry

– renewable energies

– space missions

One example in the aerospace industry: every time an aircraft is on the ground, it turns from a money maker to a money pit, therefore a good spare parts management strategy is vital for fleet performance to ensure that repair times are minimised and therefore that the fleet availability is maximised.

How is OBUU supporting the UN SDGs?

GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy – Reducing systems maintenance costs and therefore overall costs.

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure – Logistics intelligence innovation in asset management across multiple industries improving operational efficiency

CYSEC

Trusted Execution Environment

https://www.cyesec.com

What is the mission of CYSEC?

The company provides a secure execution environment that leverages state-of-the-art hardware and

software components to securely host and store critical data and applications.

What does CYSEC offer?

CYSEC is the first and only on prem appliance in the marketplace that supports secure virtualization of digital lockers, within which multiple applications from different tenants can be deployed in a privacy-preserving manner.

What is the Space Tech behind it?

Cybersecurity is critical for satellite-based applications and ground Segment applications.

What are the applications?

This general-purpose security platform enables the secure execution of critical applications in fields like Finance, IoT and Space-communications in an agile manner.

How is CYSEC supporting the UN SDGs?

CYSEC provides their clients with a layer of trust that enables them to drive positive social and environmental impact. Only with adequate cybersecurity can critical applications achieve such positive impact without posing a risk.

 

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

 

ExoLabs

Earth Observation as a Service

https://www.exolabs.ch

What is the mission of ExoLabs?

ExoLabs uniqueness lies in integral and agile data processing from many sources, in particular from operational satellite missions, to enable near real-time monitoring and the quantification of various environmental variables on a global scale.

What does ExoLabs offer?

ExoLabs ensures that cutting-edge scientific research finds a direct implementation in user-defined applications by providing unique data products and by building customized solutions for their clients that deliver financial and operational advantages. To overcome big data challenges, they exploit machine learning algorithms and utilize cloud computing facilities to carry out advanced data processing and analysis on local to global scales – both in retrospect for the past 40 years and as a near real-time solution.

What is the Space Tech behind it?

The space connection is given by the synergistic use of various satellite systems, to maximize the number of observations, integrate various pixel sizes, and evaluate the optical properties of environmental variables beyond the range of visible light. This approach results in gap-free data products, characterized by a high spatial and temporal resolution for potentially any place in the world.

What are the applications?

In the context of climate change and the associated changes in environmental conditions, ExoLabs enable businesses to better apply insights from Earth Observation (EO) data across sectors ranging from energy, insurance, tourism, commodity trading or agriculture to research and government.

How is ExoLabs supporting the UN SDGs?

Our environmental products such as the daily snow monitoring, enable positive impacts in the areas of renewable energy (e.g. hydropower assets – SDG 7, 9), food supply (e.g. water management for agriculture – SDG 2, 13, 15) or decision support for adaptation strategies to climate change (e.g. winter tourism – SDG 13) by providing comprehensive and quantifiable information on a global scale.

 

GOAL 2: Zero Hunger

GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

GOAL 13: Climate Action

GOAL 15: Life on Land

 

WeGaw

Snow monitoring through near real-time space data

https://www.wegaw.com

What is the mission of WeGaw?

Water inflow prediction for hydropower appliances has up to 20% error when estimating spring melt runoff volume. This generates up to 6 million EUR loses per basin yearly.

WeGaw monitors snow and water resources through near real-time space data processing. Combining satellite imagery, weather and ground data with machine learning we monitor snow melt worldwide daily, helping hydropower companies correct the water inflow prediction error in up to 15%.

What does WeGaw offer?

WeGaw value to hydro power is coming both from cutting edge snow monitoring technology based on satellite data and the ecosystem on water and snow management.

WeGaw is proposing proof of concept on this innovative snow melt monitoring product with 2 leading companies in Switzerland and Spain, helping them not only to optimize their hydropower assets in snow prone locations, but helping them to improve their models by adapting better to climate change.

What is the Space Tech behind it?

WeGaw combines satellite remote sensing and weather forecast/observation data with Machine Learning in order to obtain a daily, global Snow Cover Extent (SCE) and Snow Depth (SD) dataset. The pre-processing, detection, fusion and stitching steps are executed using near real-time satellite images different constellations: Sentinel, MODIS and VIRSS

What are the applications?

With a $ 1+ Billion total market opportunity, WeGaw is helping hydropower companies navigate the new paradigm for water inflow prediction based on satellite image processing.

How is WeGaw supporting the UN SDGs?

WeGaw helps hydropower companies in better adapting to climate change, by helping them adjusting water inflow models with near real-time snow data. On one end this helps reducing water spill for hydropower and water utilities, and on the other hand, makes clean energy like hydropower more cost effective, by helping energy companies reduce water inflow forecast error by 15%.

 

GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

GOAL 13: Climate Action

 

Who can apply?

The call is extended until further notice

Easy apply

  • Fill in the application form
  • Provide a pitch deck

Send both documents to:

info@space4impact.org

Conditions

Registered startup less than 5 years old, with a space connection and aligned with at least one of the UN SDGs

Selection of 10 startups for a pitching contest during the Kick-off event

Traveling costs covered for 3 selected startups from developing countries

A jury will independently assess the eligibility of the startups

Why should you apply?

  • Share your need in the Space4Impact roadmap
  • Help foster the increase of investment into early stage space companies
  • Advertise your technology to the Space Ecosystem with a booth at the Kick-off event
  • Get financial and technical support

Prize

  • Prize money of CHF 10‘000 awarded at the pitching contest
  • Be labeled as the Space4Impact startup of the year

Contest criteria

  • Based on impact of the technology
  • Business application