In November 2013, a call for applications was launched by the brand new European Space Agency incubator, ESA Business Incubation Center (BIC) Southern France, steered by the Aerospace Valley cluster jointly with CNES and the Pégase cluster. Together they selected the first five projects that will be assisted for two years and will each receive a 50,000 euro grant and a loan of up to 50,000 euros. During the “incubation” period, each of the five start-ups specialising in space-related applications will be assisted and coached on a day-to-day basis.
Comprising members of ESA BIC Sud France, financial partners and the ESA, the first ESA BIC Sud France selection committee ranked the projects on their capacity for innovation, the transfer of space-related technology to a non space-related sector, the original nature of the project and the potential of the project leaders. The next selection committee meeting will be held on 3 and 4 March 2014.
Whoog is an emergency coordination platform able to deal with the unexpected. The free mobile app enables users to manage an emergency quickly, thanks to community support. In just one click, the app immediately identifies the available people and notifies them of the emergency. Members who agree to assist can then coordinate their efforts quickly through a chatroom and they are geographically located on a map (this makes it possible to identify the people closest to the event).