Space Crossroads, where space and great ideas meet

On Thursday 22 April, the GSA kicks off the Space Crossroads, an online series dedicated to the people and businesses whose paths keep crossing with space. Together we discuss how this interaction is enabling the creation of innovative ideas and new businesses and start-ups. The event features the contribution of leaders, experts, investors and big players, sharing their experience with space, and integrating Q&As and networking opportunities.  

Why Space Crossroads? 

In recent years, the GSA has attracted over 600 EU start-ups to participate in the MyGalileoApp, MyGalileoSolution, MyGalileoDrone, and other competitions and hackathons. However, winning a competition is only the beginning of a steep learning curve. Ensuring stable revenue is the ultimate dream of all start-ups, and nothing is more important than networking when it comes to getting the first customers on board! Through the Space Crossroads, the GSA intends to connect start-ups and entrepreneurs with leaders, experts, investors and big players, creating a supportive environment where new ideas can flourish and move closer to market. 

What’s in it for me?

The Space Crossroads series is a platform where a virtual community of GSA-incubated start-ups and entrepreneurs can share experiences and best practices to help new ideas and innovation thrive. In the series, experts and entrepreneurs can meet, ask questions, get feedback, learn from each other and make invaluable connections.

The Space Crossroads community consist of two different channels, a Slack group where members can exchange information at any time; and a series of virtual webcasts organized every other Thursday by the GSA with the contribution of a rich line up of guests.  The Slack group,  moderated by the GSA, is the place to ask questions and share experiences.  

What topics will the series cover?

Every episode presents exciting new guests and topics, the setting is informal (ie. grab a coffee) and  we have created a cosy virtual corner where you can interact with speakers and participants. 

The webcasts chaired by the GSA features a calendar of topics and guests creating a virtual crossroads where ideas and people meet and travel on to new horizons. 

The topics and dates of the first four webcasts are: 

  • How to step up your game and start playing with the big kids: April 22, 16:00-17:00 
    • In the first episode, let’s start with the elephant in the room of every start-up: How can start-ups and young entrepreneurs put their foot in the door of big companies and create opportunities for cooperation? How to market and pitch to large corporations, responding to their needs and matching their expectations? 

    • Guest of the day: Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist of Google, member of the Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Visiting Professor at University College London and, a past successful entrepreneur.

  • Receivers: the heart of GNSS solutions: May 6,  16:00-17:00 
    • In this episode:  we will be talking about 
      • 1) everything GNSS receivers: how GNSS looks today, current trends, differences between chips, modules, receivers and how to choose the right one for us. How to integrate GNSS Rx to the specific solutions; and 
      • 2) Ublox success story:  the role of customer-centered design,  how to develop & process user needs assessment  and deliver what customers need. 

    • Guest of the day Mårten Ström, Director Product Line Management, Product Center Positioning at u-blox. Mårten has been in the Product Strategy team of u-blox Positioning since January 2015. His focus is on high precision GNSS products, Industrial Navigation markets including UAV and robotics

  • Start-up 101: writing a success story: May 20,  16:00-17:00 

  • The top 10 mistakes in B2B sales: 3 June, 16:00-17:00

How does it work?

The series is available to Space Crossroads registered members. Every week you will receive in your inbox the link to the agenda of the next meeting and the log in to the webcast. The registration form will be soon available on this page.

Updated: Apr 29, 2021