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2018, 31st July

InnoSpace Journey 2018

The InnoSpace Journey is a Climate-KIC program supported by Copernicus aimed at combining Earth Observation (EO) data with entrepreneurial skills. The forty selected participants gather knowledge of Copernicus platform, with the objective of applying them to create the business plan of a disruptive ready-for-market service. The program is a five-week intensive Summer School and offers the InnoSpacers the opportunity to travel in three different countries (Italy, Sweden and The Netherlands). The format allows participants to interact with Climate-KIC broad network of partners and stakeholders and to acquire the adequate skills in data, business models, design thinking and communication.

 By interacting in groups, participants combine their diverse backgrounds to develop a unique idea in the Climate-KIC thematic areas: (i) Sustainable Land Use; (ii) Sustainable Production Systems; (iii) Urban Transition; (iv) Decision Metrics & Finance. Each week of the Journey tackles a specific area of knowledge, providing the adequate tools to the participants to leave their comfort zone and think out of the box. Copernicus observations and services are both explored during the first two weeks, through class lectures and site visits. Among CLARA’s partners, lectures included CMCC and Gecosistema.

Examples of real entrepreneurship initiatives have been shown to and discussed with participants. Innovative products by GECOS ranges from green business tools for smart agriculture and hydropower, to services for flood risk assessment, mainly built over increasingly available Copernicus  data and developed inside CLARA project.

This contribution focused on company evolution from purely consultancy firm to R&D oriented company, stressing on generation and co-generation process of innovative products, raising questions and stimulating discussion on technical issues, on business strategy chosen by the company and financing opportunities, on interaction with user during and after product development.

Among field visits, at the European Space Agency (ESA) in Frascati (Rome), InnoSpacers had the opportunity to understand how Sentinel satellites operate and how data is gathered. In Sweden, instead, participants foster their entrepreneurship and innovation skills. Knowledge on Business Model Canvas, design thinking, and start-up planning is tailored to develop solutions to Climate Change, while using Copernicus products and services.

The Journey provides also transferable skills: communication, team management, network building and decision-making tools to deliver a functional business plan at the end of the program. Participants are one of the core ingredients for the success of the Journey. Through their globalized professional and personal backgrounds, the InnoSpacers create the conditions for a creative, dynamic and innovative environment, where sharing becomes key in the co-creation process.

Francesca Larosa, junior researcher at CMCC, is one of the forty participants of this year edition. Together with her team, she developed “BalanceShift”, that won the first price at the ESA BIC Startup event in Noordwijk (The Netherlands). The startup concept aims at revaluating physical corporate assets, geolocalised using Sentinel-2 Copernicus data in the long and medium run using scenarios (by IPCC) and seasonal forecasts provided by Copernicus Climate Change Services. The judges of the event included business angels, business coaches and space innovators.

2018, 31st July

InnoSpace Journey 2018

 

The InnoSpace Journey is a Climate-KIC program supported by Copernicus aimed at combining Earth Observation (EO) data with entrepreneurial skills. The forty selected participants gather knowledge of Copernicus platform, with the objective of applying them to create the business plan of a disruptive ready-for-market service. The program is a five-week intensive Summer School and offers the InnoSpacers the opportunity to travel in three different countries (Italy, Sweden and The Netherlands). The format allows participants to interact with Climate-KIC broad network of partners and stakeholders and to acquire the adequate skills in data, business models, design thinking and communication.

 By interacting in groups, participants combine their diverse backgrounds to develop a unique idea in the Climate-KIC thematic areas: (i) Sustainable Land Use; (ii) Sustainable Production Systems; (iii) Urban Transition; (iv) Decision Metrics & Finance. Each week of the Journey tackles a specific area of knowledge, providing the adequate tools to the participants to leave their comfort zone and think out of the box. Copernicus observations and services are both explored during the first two weeks, through class lectures and site visits. Among CLARA’s partners, lectures included CMCC and Gecosistema.

Examples of real entrepreneurship initiatives have been shown to and discussed with participants. Innovative products by GECOS ranges from green business tools for smart agriculture and hydropower, to services for flood risk assessment, mainly built over increasingly available Copernicus  data and developed inside CLARA project.

This contribution focused on company evolution from purely consultancy firm to R&D oriented company, stressing on generation and co-generation process of innovative products, raising questions and stimulating discussion on technical issues, on business strategy chosen by the company and financing opportunities, on interaction with user during and after product development.

Among field visits, at the European Space Agency (ESA) in Frascati (Rome), InnoSpacers had the opportunity to understand how Sentinel satellites operate and how data is gathered. In Sweden, instead, participants foster their entrepreneurship and innovation skills. Knowledge on Business Model Canvas, design thinking, and start-up planning is tailored to develop solutions to Climate Change, while using Copernicus products and services.

The Journey provides also transferable skills: communication, team management, network building and decision-making tools to deliver a functional business plan at the end of the program. Participants are one of the core ingredients for the success of the Journey. Through their globalized professional and personal backgrounds, the InnoSpacers create the conditions for a creative, dynamic and innovative environment, where sharing becomes key in the co-creation process.

Francesca Larosa, junior researcher at CMCC, is one of the forty participants of this year edition. Together with her team, she developed “BalanceShift”, that won the first price at the ESA BIC Startup event in Noordwijk (The Netherlands). The startup concept aims at revaluating physical corporate assets, geolocalised using Sentinel-2 Copernicus data in the long and medium run using scenarios (by IPCC) and seasonal forecasts provided by Copernicus Climate Change Services. The judges of the event included business angels, business coaches and space innovators.