NewSpace Catalonia Accelerator

Entrepreneurial orbit, elevating space pioneers

The first and only program for the Catalan NewSpace ecosystem with exposure to global markets and international investors.


Applications are now closed!

NewSpace Catalonia Accelerator
Promoted by the Government of Catalonia in collaboration with the IEEC and operated by Starburst, the NewSpace Catalonia Accelerator leverages the expertise of the Catalan ecosystem in numerous disciplines, including satellite manufacturing, propulsion, telecommunications, navigation, earth observation and so on.
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Program Content

The NewSpace Catalonia Accelerator is a 4-month tailored NewSpace accelerator program for startups based out of Catalonia, serving as a platform for disruptive space entrepreneurs to expand their business on a global scale.

The program is composed of one-on-one sessions with dedicated mentors, lectures from international experts and networking opportunities, creating a vibrant ecosystem for collaboration and growth where all stakeholders can converge and find synergies. The program will wrap up with a final Demo Day taking place in June, in the dynamic city of Barcelona.

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4 startups
Introductions to the global space industry
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Tailored strategic support
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Access to international events
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How do I apply?

The NewSpace Catalonia Accelerator is an equity-free and free of charge program, open to startups based in Catalonia who look forward to expanding their horizons by engaging with international mentors, corporations and investors in the space industry.

Applications are open until the 1st April! In order to apply, please fill in the form. As part of the assessment, we may reach out to invite you to a individual meeting or ask for written clarification regarding your submission.

If you have any inquiries, please reach out to


Who are we looking for?

catalonia ecosystem

Startups must demonstrate primary activity in the New Space industry

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Matured technology with a TRL 4+ and ready to at least start a Minimun Viable Product

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Demonstrated activity related to the space ecosystem of Catalonia

The applying startup must authorize the IEEC and the Generalitat to disclose its participation in the program and its relevant outcomes.

What do we value in the selection process

  • Value proposition
  • Interest in the program
  • Team
  • Momentum
  • Market
  • Competitive advantage

Consult the rules of the process

Timeline of the program

2nd April: Application period extended
June: Demo Day in Barcelona
August 8: End of the program
April 8: Start of the program

Catalonia as a NewSpace hub

Catalonia has a rich and international startup legacy, being considered one of the best entrepreneurial hubs in Europe by startup founders. Catalonia hosts prestigious universities and laboratories, and is backed by a very long tradition of venture capital presence, even for deeptech industries.

Through the NewSpace Catalonia Accelerator, the region consolidates its position as a global hub for the development of NewSpace companies and the rest of the deeptech sectors that can greatly benefit from the synergies and value creation derived.

Behind the program

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The Government of Catalonia is promoting the NewSpace Strategy for Catalonia, which deploys a programme of specific initiatives to enhance the Catalan NewSpace ecosystem and lead the way in the generation of knowledge, its application in the social and business spheres, and the creation of new data-based solutions provided by the use of new technologies in this field, in order to stimulate economic growth and improve people's lives.

The NewSpace Strategy was approved in October 2020,  and relies on the collaboration of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC), the i2CAT Foundation and the Cartographic and Geological Institute of Catalonia.

Learn more about the NewSpace Strategy of Catalonia.

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The Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) is a non-profit public foundation that promotes the development of activities related to space in Catalonia in its aspects of research, innovation and training. With more than 25 years of history, the IEEC fosters collaborations both locally and worldwide and is an efficient agent of knowledge, innovation and technology transfer.
‍‍Learn more about the IEEC.

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Founded in 2012, Starburst Aerospace is an innovation catalyst in the global Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry. Combining three complementary activities—accelerators, strategy consulting, & ventures—they help stakeholders innovate, navigate and invest in the dynamic ecosystem.

With offices in Los Angeles, Paris, Munich, Singapore, Seoul, Tel Aviv, Madrid, and Washington, D.C., Starburst has built a robust community with 60+ corporate and government partners and a portfolio of 140+ startups while identifying all sources of innovation that will impact the aerospace value chain.

Starburst’s leading Flagship Accelerator program helps startups scale their business in aviation, space, and defense with access to one of the largest groups of corporate representatives, government stakeholders, and private venture investors in the world.

Learn more about Starburst.

Contact Us

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