Cassini SpaceEntrepreneurshipInitiative

CASSINI is the European Commission new initiative to support innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups and SME’s in the space industry, including New Space, during 2021-2027. The initiative is open to all areas of the EU Space Programme, and covers both upstream (i.e. nanosats, launchers, etc. and downstream (i.e. products/services enabled by space data, etc.). CASSINI includes a €1 billion EU seeds and growth fund, as well as hackathons and mentoring, prizes, a business accelerator, partnering and matchmaking.

Discover the actions under CASSINI below.

Hackathons & Mentoring

Europe-wide CASSINI Hackathons are a major opportunity to develop ideas for a digital application building on space data, including satellite images and positioning services. Read more


Europe-wide networking for new business opportunities based on a series of matchmaking events for start-ups and SMEs starting in 2022. By participating in matchmaking events, start-ups and SMEs will expand their professional networks and find new product development partners, customers, and investors. Read more

Prizes and Competitions

This CASSINI initiative contains a space competition called CASSINI MyEUSpace competition and CASSINI Prizes. Read more

Access to Finance

Enabling many more space companies to raise risk capital – that is the objective of the CASSINI Facility. It provides capital to VC funds to be invested into EU-based companies developing and marketing space technology and digital services using space data. Read more