FAQ

Here are some of the questions people often ask when they’re thinking about our business coaching service. If you can’t find the right answer to your question, please feel free to reach out to us via businesscoaching@eu-global-space.eu

1. What is the main goal of the business coaching service?

2. What is the business coaching service and what does it provide?

3. Who can apply for the business coaching service?

4. What criteria need to be met to be selected for the business coaching service?

5. Do I have to register?

6. I can’t log into my account

7. Do I have to pay for the business coaching service?

8. For how long can my institution/company benefit from the service?

9. What is the timeline for applying? By when do I have to apply?

10. Does the business coaching service provide funding and financial support?

11. How can my institution/company benefit if based in the EU?

12. How can my institution/company benefit if based outside the EU?

13. I am an EU company based outside the EU; can I benefit from the business coaching service?

14. Which countries are covered by the business coaching service?

15. Why is the EU Global Action on Space focusing only on specific target countries?

16. What does specialised information and training mean?

17. What does matchmaking entail?

18. Process of individual coaching: how does it work?

19. Why should I join the business coaching service as an EU entity? What are my benefits?

20. Why should I join the business coaching service as a non-EU-entity? What are my benefits?

21. How often can I get coaching?

22. Can I get access to expert services outside the business coaching service?

23. What is the global expert pool?

24. What is the Copernicus programme?

25. What is the Galileo programme?

26. What is the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS)?

27. Can I get access to the market reports?

28. Is my company eligible for the business coaching service?

29. Can I apply to the business coaching service if I am, or my company is, subject to EU sanctions/restrictive measures?

30. Are there other valuable market reports on EU space?

31. Any tips on how to make the perfect profile to be chosen by companies?

32. What are the terms of participation in Business Coaching Service?

33. Can I apply for the business coaching service as an individual?

1 What is the main goal of the business coaching service?

A: The main goal of the business coaching service is to help participating entities find a suitable international business partner and prepare for the cooperation in the best way possible in order to conclude commercial cooperation agreements.

2 What is the business coaching service and what does it provide?

A: Our service is designed to help participating companies find a suitable international business partner and prepare for the cooperation in the best way possible. For this purpose, the business coaching service comprises a three-step process:

  1. Specialised information and training
  2. Matchmaking and
  3. Individual coaching

The service will provide your institution/company with expert information and training on the target region/countries of interest, and with tailor-made coaching services to find the most suitable partner so that commercial cooperation agreements based on EU space capabilities can be concluded between EU and non-EU partners. You can read more about each step under questions 16, 17, and 18.

3 Who can apply for the business coaching service?

A: Any legal entity (company, organisation or institution) established and based in one of the EU member states that operates or is willing to operate in the space sector or uses or is willing to use space data, technologies, service or applications can join the business coaching service by applying for the open call .

A list of covered countries can be found under question 14.

You can familiarise yourself with the application process here.

Any legal entity (company, organisation or institution) established and based in one of the covered countries outside the EU that wants to benefit from the European space sector can join the business coaching service by applying for the open call .

A list of covered countries can be found under question 14.

You can familiarise yourself with the application process here.

4 What criteria need to be met to be selected for the business coaching service?

A: Private and/or public EU entities (companies, organisations or institutions) meeting the following criteria are welcome to apply for the service:

  • Legally established and based in one of the European Union member states
  • Operates or is willing to operate in the space sector or uses or is willing to use EU space data, technologies, services, or applications
  • Demonstrates 3 years of financial figures (turnover, net profit, total balance)
  • Demonstrates or is willing to demonstrate exports outside the domestic market
  • Priority will be given to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) according to the EU definition

Non-EU private and/or public entities (companies, organisations or institutions) meeting the following criteria are welcome to apply for the service:

  • Legally established and based in one of the eight geographical regions participating in the EU Global Action on Space business coaching service (see the full list of covered countries under question 14)
  • Private or public companies of all kinds and sizes, including entities related to the space sector, space agencies, research organisations, universities, and technology centres not subject to restrictive measures by the EU
  • Demonstrates 3 years of financial figures (turnover, net profit, total balance)

5 Do I have to register?

A: Yes, to access the business coaching service, you have to register and submit an application to the open call
If your organisation is based in one of the EU member states, please register here.
If your organisation is based outside the EU, please register here.

You can familiarise yourself with the application process for EU entities here and non-EU entities here.

6 I can’t log into my account

A: Once you have applied for one of the open calls and been approved for the business coaching services, you can access your account here. Please make sure you are using the same email address and password that you used to register for the open call.

If you forgot your password, please click here

7 Do I have to pay for the business coaching service?

A: All business coaching services are free of charge.

8 For how long can my institution/company benefit from the service?

A: In general, the business coaching service will be provided for three months including expert training, matchmaking, coaching and consulting services. The depth and degree of service will depend on the specific objectives, needs and background of the entities receiving the service.

9 What is the timeline for applying? By when do I have to apply?

A: In order to support participating companies and entities in the best way possible, the business coaching service collects and evaluates applications every three months. The assessment of your application will only take place after the following cut-off dates:

  • First cut-off date: 28.02.2022 – 11:59 AM CET
  • Second cut-off date: 31.05.2022 – 11:59 AM CEST
  • Third cut-off date: 31.08.2022 – 11:59 AM CEST
  • Fourth cut-off date: 31.11.2022– 11:59 AM CET
  • Fifth cut-off date: 28.02.2023 – 11:59 AM CET
  • Sixth cut-off date: 31.05.2023 – 11:59 AM CEST
  • Seventh cut-off date: 31.08.2023 – 11:59 AM CEST
  • Eighth cut-off date: 30.11.2023 – 11:59 AM CET

10 Does the business coaching service provide funding and financial support?

A: No additional funding or any financial grants are foreseen for participants in this service.

11 How can my institution/company benefit if based in the EU?

A: If you are representing a legal entity established and based in one of the EU member states and this entity operates or is willing to operate in the space sector or uses or is willing to use space data, technologies, service or applications, please join the business coaching service by applying for the open call here.


You can familiarise yourself with the application process here

12 How can my institution/company benefit if based outside the EU?

A: Any legal entity established and based in one of the covered countries that wants to benefit from the European space sector can join the business coaching service by applying for the open call here. A list of covered countries can be found under question 14.

You can familiarise yourself with the application process here.

13 I am an EU company based outside the EU; can I benefit from the business coaching service?

A: Yes, please apply as an EU company here.

You can familiarise yourself with the application process here.

14 Which countries are covered by the business coaching service?

A: Legal entities (institutions, organisations and companies) incorporated in European Union member states and in the following countries outside the European Union (non-EU countries) can benefit from the business coaching service:

Covered EU member states:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.

Non-EU countries covered:

Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DR Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pacific islands, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Uruguay, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

15 Why is the EU Global Action on Space focusing only on specific target countries? 

A: The EU Global Action on Space covers countries with which the European Union has relations in the field of space, together with those with meaningful space ecosystems and potential for space-related development.

16 What does specialised information and training mean?

A: The first step in our service is a specialised information and training module, which we have created to help you grow internationally. You will receive a series of webinars to close gaps in your internationalisation strategy, inform you about the region of interest and provide ad-hoc info sessions on EU space. All this is designed to prepare you for matchmaking with a relevant partner.

17 What does matchmaking entail?

A: The business coaching service helps your institution/company/organisation to find the right partner with common business interests and complementary services in more than 40 countries worldwide. The main goal of the EU Global Action on Space is to provide new opportunities for EU space stakeholders all over the world, namely by fuelling and supporting cooperation and creating new business opportunities in the field of space. A matchmaking event will take place after each open call cut-off date. This networking online event, professionally steered by the Global Action staff, will connect participants from the EU and the different geographical areas covered by the Global Action. According to the areas of interest shown on the application form, EU companies may be invited to multiple networking events in different regions/countries. Companies that are unable to find a match during the networking events will continue to be assisted for a maximum of two months. Please be aware that this service only supports matches between EU and non-EU partners.

18 Process of individual coaching: how does it work?

A: The final step is a tailored individual coaching and consulting service for pre-selected potential partnerships based on the previous steps. The European Commission holds the final decision on the institutions/companies/organisations selected for individual coaching. This decision is final and claims are not possible. The business coaching service’s global expert pool will then coach selected companies/institutions for a maximum of three months with the objective of facilitating a commercial cooperation agreement between EU and non-EU institutions/companies in the field of space.

19 Why should I join the business coaching service as an EU entity? What are my benefits?

A: If you join the business coaching service, you will get: 
- Access to target market insights
- Access to and business matching with non-EU entities worldwide
- Tailored support for your company’s international growth
- Worldwide visibility within our professional network
- Access to a vast pool of experts that will provide you with direct support in your next internationalisation steps

20 Why should I join the business coaching service as a non-EU-entity? What are my benefits?

A: If you join the business coaching service you will get: 
- Access to target market insights
- Access to and matching with EU business entities
- Tailored support for your company’s international growth
- Worldwide visibility within our professional network
- Access to a vast pool of experts that will provide you with direct support in your next internationalisation steps

21 How often can I get coaching?

A: You will receive unlimited coaching within three months from the business coaching service (we will help you identify gaps, areas of attention, milestones and timeline, etc.) and individual consulting from our global expert pool if you are selected for this service.

22 Can I get access to expert services outside the business coaching service?

A: No, this is not envisaged.

23 What is the global expert pool?

A: The EU Global Action on Space gives you access to a vast network of worldwide experts that will provide you with direct support, no matter whether you need technical advice on EGNOS or the Galileo and Copernicus programmes. Our pool of experts will also provide support and give you insights into the global market potential of your service and country-focused hands-on support or advice on business consulting, such as intercultural, legal or administrative aspects. Please be aware that this service only covers support for matches between EU and non-EU partners.

24 What is the Copernicus programme?

A: Copernicus is the European Union’s Earth observation programme, which looks at our planet and its environment to benefit all European citizens. It offers information services that draw from satellite Earth observation and in-situ (non-space) data. For more information, please click here and here.

25 What is the Galileo programme?

A: The Galileo programme is Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), which provides improved positioning and timing information with significant positive implications for many European services and users. For more information, please click here and here.

26 What is the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS)?

A: The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is Europe's regional satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS), which is used to improve the performance of global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs), such as GPS and Galileo. It has been deployed to provide safety of life navigation services to aviation, maritime and land-based users over most of Europe. For more information, please click here and here.

27 Can I get access to the market reports?

A: Please find the market reports here.

28 Is my company eligible for the business coaching service?

A: If you are representing a legal entity established and based in one of the EU member states and this entity operates or is willing to operate in the space sector or uses or is willing to use space data, technologies, service or applications, please join the business coaching service by applying for the open calls here.
 
You can familiarise yourself with the application process here.

If you are representing any legal entity established and based in one of the covered countries that wants to benefit from the European space sector, you can join the business coaching service by applying for the open call here. A list of covered countries can be found under question 14.

You can familiarise yourself with the application process here.

29 Can I apply to the business coaching service if I am, or my company is, subject to EU sanctions/restrictive measures?

A: Physical persons or legal entities subject to a restrictive measure/EU sanction are not eligible to profit from the business coaching service. For more information, please click here.

30 Are there other valuable market reports on EU space?

A: Yes. You can find the latest market report for the Galileo programme and the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) here. The Copernicus programme reports can be found here.

31 Any tips on how to make the perfect profile to be chosen by companies?

A: For EU companies:
Please give details on:
- The kind of service or product you are offering or seeking to develop on international markets;
- How it relates to EU space capabilities and programmes: Copernicus, Galileo or EGNOS;
- The customer’s potential benefit;
- The target regions/countries and sectors for international cooperation.

For non-EU companies:
Please give details on:
- Reasons to seek a partner in the EU in the field of space;
- The market, product(s) and/or service(s) that relate to your activities;
- Knowledge of, and main interest in, EU space capabilities (not compulsory);
- Kind of service(s) or product(s) sought and for what purpose;
- How EU space capabilities could benefit your business. 

 

32 What are the terms of participation in Business Coaching Service?

A: Please find the legal terms and conditions for EU participants here and for non-EU participants here

33 Can I apply for the business coaching service as an individual?

A:  No, only legal entities (company, organisation or institution) can apply for the service. For more details, please see question 3.