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October 25, 2018
Akash Systems
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Euroconsult Honors the Most Promising Startups with the 2nd Finspace Awards

Euroconsult Honors the Most Promising Startups with the 2nd Finspace Awards
Akash Systems
Akash Systems

Euroconsult’s Finspace Awards

Event Overview

Paris, Washington D.C., Montreal, Yokohama, October 25, 2018 – During Euroconsult’s annual World Satellite Business Week, awards were presented to the four most promising start-ups, as selected by an independent jury, after a pitch competition during the FinSpace cocktail reception at Euroconsult’s Summit for Satellite Financing, which brings together the leading decision-makers of the satellite-enabled business sector. FinSpace is supported by MAXAR and Global Space Ventures.

Selection Process

130 companies were identified, after which 36 were shortlisted and 12 were invited to pitch. The four winners were selected from those 12 companies, based on the assessment of qualitative criteria, including innovation, existing and future customer base, amount of capital raised, level of maturity, and market approach.

Award Categories and Winners

Best Newcomer: Akash Systems

Best Pitch: Hiber Global

Most Innovative Technology: Isotropic Systems

Entrepreneur of the Year: Rafael Jordá Siquier, CEO of Open Cosmos

Event Highlights

The participants had the opportunity to present their projects during the FinSpace event and cocktail reception and also received €10,000 worth of Euroconsult’s research products and coaching from Global Space Ventures.

Jury Composition

The jury, which had been in deliberation over the summer, was composed of leading figures from the satellite industry:

Jury President

Jean-Jacques Dordain, Member of Advisory Board,

Jury Members

- Jury President: Jean-Jacques Dordain, Member of Advisory Board,

- Pacôme Révillon, CEO, Euroconsult

- Hélène Huby, Partner, Global Space Ventures

- Will Porteous, Partner, COO, RRE Ventures

- Serge Van Herck, Space Entrepreneur

Jury Statements

“The success of the 2nd edition of FinSpace is one of the many signals of ‘new space’ taking momentum in Europe. Its growth involves more and more entrepreneurs and investors, more and more companies, long-standing and new, big and small, from the space sector and from outside the space sector, all with the support of space agencies. The movement is now irreversible along a sustainable path paved with more and more clusters and ecosystems covering the total value chain. Congratulations and long life to the four winners!” – Jean-Jacques Dordain, Jury President & Member of Advisory Board,
“The future and growth of our industry will be shaped through innovative ideas and disruption. The FinSpace Awards recognize the most promising start-ups for their outstanding new concepts and initiatives, while at the same time facilitating exchanges and the formation of partnerships between them, established industry players, and investors.” – Pacôme Révillon, CEO, Euroconsult

About Euroconsult

Euroconsult is the leading global consulting firm specialized in high technology industries, with expertise in the space industry, satellite-based applications, and aero connectivity. As a privately-owned, fully independent firm, we provide first-class strategic consulting, develop comprehensive research, and organize executive-level annual summits and training programs for the industry. With more than 30 years of experience, Euroconsult is trusted by over 600 clients in more than 50 countries. Euroconsult is headquartered in Paris, France, and has offices in Washington D.C. and Montreal, as well as representatives in Singapore and Tokyo.

Media Contacts

Lorraine Whitfield: – +33 6 76 89 42 42
Annette Chatterton: – +33 1 49 23 75 17

Euroconsult, 465 Rue McGill, Suite 1103, Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 2H1, Canada

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