MBRSC reaches for the stars at GITEX Future Stars

MBRSC to host Innovation Challenge to find new space tech start-ups

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MBRSC reaches for the stars at GITEX Future Stars MBRSC will host its Innovation Challenge Cup at GITEX as a platform to connect with space tech startups, says HE Yousuf Al Shaibani.
By  Mark Sutton Published  September 29, 2018

This year's GITEX Future Stars is literally taking aim at the stars, with the launch of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre's (MBRSC) Innovation Challenge.

The Innovation Challenge will highlight the best start-ups in the Space Technology sector, who will be competing to be awarded partnerships with MBRSC and prizes of up to $30,000.

The Innovation Challenge, launched by MBRSC, is a competition for space technology start-ups to showcase the latest innovations in the space technology field. MBRSC will select a list of 15 start-up companies, who will compete with each other to establish unique partnerships, between MBRSC and the world's most powerful start-up technology companies, to support investment in the space industry.

The competition includes creating technologies for all aspects of spacecraft manufacturing (software and hardware), enabling technologies, data processing and processing systems on board the spacecraft, data processing, ground data processing systems, as well as indirect space-related applications aimed at using existing space technologies to improve the quality of life. MBRSC also included creating low or zero energy houses, as a challenge to life on-ground.

MBRSC allows companies to hold individual meetings with its management team, meet investors from all over the world. MBRSC has also allocated valuable financial prizes, ranging from $10,000, $20,000, or $30,000, to the shortlisted companies.

His Excellency Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General of the MBRSC, said: "GITEX Future Stars is an opportunity to introduce our projects and technologies and a platform where we can review our current and future challenges and enable entrepreneurs and start-ups to participate to find practical and innovative solutions for them. This supports the UAE National Innovation Strategy, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make the UAE one of the most innovative countries in the world over the next seven years, especially in the field of national space, which is mainly based on innovation. This also comes in line with MBRSC's objectives and approach."

Adnan Al Rais, Mars 2117 Programme manager at the MBRSC, said: "Through its pioneering initiatives, MBRSC aims to become an incubator for innovation and innovators in the field of science and innovative technologies from all around the world. MBRSC's Innovation Challenge is one of the initiatives that seeks to create a stimulating and supportive platform for innovators, entrepreneurs, as well as local and global start-ups working in the field of space. We provide them with the necessary support to present their creative ideas, introduce their innovative technologies, and compete among themselves, to select the 3 winning companies after the evaluation from MBRSC experts and adopt their technologies in our space programmes."

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