SpaceFounders - accelerator


Take it to the next level!

The ultra-accelerator

SpaceFounders is an ultra-intensive and ultra-qualitative program designed to accelerate European space startups. The ambition? To help the best ones to become the world champions of the next decade!

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Start-up acceleration program

Each class takes ten start-ups on board for ten weeks of face-to-face coaching at two of Europe's most important space sites: Toulouse and Munich. The program includes personalized mentoring by internationally renowned experts, in-depth know-how of the sector and privileged access to the best European deep tech investors during two Demo Days organized in Berlin and Paris.

The selected startups benefit from the powerful network and infrastructure of CNES and the Bundeswehr University. They also benefit from the support of exclusive partners such as the ESA (European Space Agency) and the DLR (German Aerospace Center).

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SpaceFounders is a Franco-German accelerator

Propel your start-up in 3 steps

Scan - diagnostic
Scan - diagnosis

A first phase,"SCAN", to diagnose the strengths and weaknesses of your start-up and to elaborate an action plan with business and technical experts.

Boost - acceleration

The second phase, "BOOST", aims to accelerate your project, in particular by putting you in touch with customers, partners, suppliers and key resources.

Fund - financing

The last phase," FUND ", is the search for financing, including preparation sessions for the Demo Days investor meetings

Benefit from more than...

  • 50 hours of personalized mentoring in the technical, business and financial fields
  • 25 thematic conferences with space experts, top scientists, space entrepreneurs and leading investors
  • 40 hours of workshops on technical and business aspects, development objectives, program strategies and analysis of your target markets
  • 10 keynotes by inspiring personalities, space experts, experienced entrepreneurs and thought leaders


  • A network of more than 60 investors (investment funds, family offices...) and public and private partners
  • A community of over 100 industry and business experts, researchers and public figures



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SpaceFounders relies on more than 100 leading mentors from the European space and digital ecosystem to provide technical, business and financial support to accelerated start-ups.

More information

SpaceFounders is managed by CNES -as part of Connect by CNES- and the Bundeswehr University Munich, in collaboration with public partners (including ESA and DLR), entrepreneurs and investors from the main European space organizations. 

The accelerator becomes an integral part of the Connect by CNES program, ensuring continuity of services after incubation and initial support from CNES teams to enable future stars in the ecosystem to unleash their full potential!


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Your SpaceFounders contact person

Emmanuelle will help you with your acceleration issues. Feel free to write to us, we will forward your request to her.

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Emmanuelle, your SpaceFounders contact person