HOW CAN SPACE DRIVE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN NON-SPACE SECTORS?
NEREUS’ panel at the Aerospace&Defense Meeting in Rzeszow (Podkarpackie Region) portrayed in an exemplary manner the added value of space and presented programs and initiatives in its member Regions that support companies and SMEs in their endeavor to exploit space.
Following a festive act during the official opening ceremony of the Aerospace & Defence Meetings, held in Rzeszow to celebrate the adhesion of Podkarpackie Region to the network, NEREUS was invited organize a conference panel.
The session was an opportunity to promote and raise awareness on the business opportunities of the space field when applied to other sectors such as aviation, transportation or agriculture. Moreover, representatives from the European Commission and the European Space Agency were invited by NEREUS to present programs and initiatives aiming at supporting companies and SMEs with space-related business activities. Mr. Nicolae MITU, from the Space Data for Societal Challenges and Growth Unit of the DG GROW (European Commission) presented the European Earth Observation sector and the channels through which the Commission supports SMEs, start-ups and young entrepreneurs wishing to grasp business opportunities using EO data.
As aviation is a key economic sector for Podkarpackie, FlySafe was presented to the public as an example of early warning system to reduce the risk of bird strikes which was funded under the ESA ARTES applications scheme. Concrete cases of how regions can develop programs to use space as a driver for other fields were showcased by NEREUS members such as bavAIRia e.V. (Mr. Juergen Vogel) and the aerospace cluster from Apulia Region DTA Scarl (Mr. Antonio Zilli).
A press conference was organized in order to present the adhesion of Podkarpackie Region to the NEREUS network and was yet another opportunity to bring forward the importance of Regions in the development of the downstream market. In this frame, the Marshall from Podkarpackie Region and NEREUS Secretary General Roya Ayazi signed the Political Charter of the network.