DISTRICT: Aerospace Acceleration center of Aerospace Valley

Aerospace Valley


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Service description
A six-month to two-year acceleration programme at the District by Aerospace Valley directed to EIC Transition and EIC Accelerator Beneficiaries. This service aims to support the development and growth of EIC Beneficiaries in the ASD industry. Prior to the start of the programme, EIC beneficiaries will get a free-of-charge diagnostic to confirm their fit with the programme and to define an action plan. This action plan will clarify the services/modules that are most relevant for EIC Beneficiaries, as Aerospace Valley’s acceleration programmes are tailor-made. Thereafter, EIC Beneficiaries can receive support in the following domains: product/solution design & development (access to laboratories and test centres, industrialisation support, introductions to suppliers); sales/partnerships; soft-landing and immersion in the regional world-renowned ASD capital; fundraising; access to public financing and consortium; business model design; strategy; communication; internationalisation in Europe and worldwide thanks to our networks of clusters partners; other topics defined ad-hoc by AV experts according to the primary diagnostic. To have the best Acceleration conditions, the District proposes access to its co-working facilities in Toulouse (other strategic regional locations soon available and to be discussed individually, whether occasional on-demand hot desks or permanent desks, upon availability – limited number of desks applied); dedicated staff to answer questions/issues/needs; access to a pool of ASD experts, coaches, potential customers, suppliers, partners; access to District’s and the ecosystem events. The service can have a hybrid implementation with workshops and introductions made online if needed. This programme is aimed at innovative European startups that already have a product market fit in the ASD sector. The District can rely directly on the Aerospace Valley cluster, which gathers a community of 850+ members in the South-West of France, including major corporates, SMEs, startups, universities, institutions and world level laboratories. Aerospace Valley and District have close relationships and official partnerships signed with big names such as Airbus, Thales, Telespazio, CNES, ESA-BIC, IRT Saint Exupéry, Kineis among others.
Technology Readiness Level
TRL 4 – Technology validated in lab
TRL 5 – Technology validated in relevant environment
TRL 6 – Technology demonstrated in relevant environment
TRL 7 – System prototype demonstration in operational environment
TRL 8 – System complete and qualified
TRL 9 – Actual system proven in operational environment
Disclaimer related to service

Travel-hotel-transportation expenses are not covered. The EIC beneficiary participants must be able to speak and write in English or French. The companies should be based in Europe, have an innovative problem-solution product or service related to the ASD sector and have a willing and able team dedicating most of their time to the startup. The EIC beneficiaries must show a will to create value and a win-win interaction with the regional ecosystem and to settle a subsidiary in the region in the near future. The full access to the Aerospace Valley co-working space is not included in the yearly fees for the service. The price for the co-working space is €180/month/desk. However, EIC beneficiaries can benefit from a few hot desks available a few hours per week (upon availability).

Financial requirements

€6000 Eur per EIC beneficiary per year and plus €180 per desk per month if using the co-working space on a permanent basis.