French final of ActInSpace
Tuesday 26 June 2018, 14:30 – 21:30
Room: Cassiopée

International final of ActInSpace
Wednesday 27 June 2018, 14:00 – 19:00
Room: Cassiopée


By invitation only - This event will be in English.



Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May, CNES, ESA and ESA BIC Sud France organized ActInSpace®, the top international competition devoted to space applications. Midway between a hackathon and a start-up weekend, ActInSpace®  was held concurrently in some 32 countries and 53 cities on all five continents. Open to entrants from all horizons, the competition aims to develop entrepreneurship and forge ties between space stakeholders and citizens by setting challenges for teams to solve based on patents, software, data or space infrastructures. ActInSpace® was initiated by CNES in May 2014.

After the first event held in France in 2014 and the second extended to Europe in 2016, this year’s ActInSpace® is going global. Looking to consolidate the space sector’s dynamic image and show how space technologies are serving applications in all areas of our daily lives, ActInSpace® 2018 will be present on all five continents.

Aimed at students but open to entrants from all fields and levels, ActInSpace® pits teams of two to five against each other, giving them just 24 hours to devise an innovative and realistic project for a start-up on the basis of challenges set by CNES, ESA, Airbus and other partners of the event. This year, competing teams will  were able to demonstrate their prowess in a number of new areas such as NewSpace, humanitarian response and space exploration.

The teams  were assisted over the weekend by engineering and business coaches on hand to help them present the best project possible to the judging panel.

Each city and country has selected the most promising team for the international final in Toulouse on Wednesday 27 June at the Toulouse Space Show 2018. If a country has several cities among the winners, it will select its best team to go forward to the final.

Airbus is once again the gold sponsor and event partner this year, sending experts to the competition, setting a number of challenges and providing two prizes. ActInSpace®’s growing reputation has attracted many new partners, among them Air Zero G, CLS, GSA, EBAN, Invivo, Qwant, FabSpace, Invest In Toulouse and Toulouse Business School. Some of them will also be offering prizes or setting challenges for the teams to solve.

The first prize will be a parabolic flight aboard the Airbus Zero-g aircraft used for microgravity experiments and training, giving the winning team the unique chance to experience weightlessness. This prize is sponsored by Air Zero G and ESA.

To turn the great ideas and ActInSpace projects into new European companies, ESA and its Technology Transfer and Business Incubation Office encourage the participants to join one of ESA´s Business Incubation Centres throughout Europe. More than 550 new start-ups have been fostered at the 18 centres, which are taking in 140 new applicants each year.

ActInSpace is a contest invented by CNES (National Centre for Space Studies),CNES and ESA (European Space Agency) co-organize the event since the second edition. Both have deleguate to ESA BIC Sud France the practical aspect of the organization.


This event brings together entrepreneurs, students, job seekers, developers, creative users over a weekend. The goal is to form teams and resolve within 24 hours one of the challenges proposed by the organizers. The challenges consist in finding every day uses for space developed technologies or space acquired data.


The winning teams will proceed to the national and International finals. All the realistic projects will receive support via the ESA BIC and partners incubators to foster the emergence of new startups.