Join the NSW-Austrade Space Bootcamp in San Francisco

Earth from space

The NSW Government is seeking expressions of interest from NSW space industry startups to be part of its Space Bootcamp program hosted by Austrade at their Landing Pad in San Francisco.

The five-day program will be held between 27-31 August 2018 and will include flights and accommodation for successful applicants.

Delegation purpose

The purpose of this program is to introduce early stage NSW businesses to the highly developed San Francisco space industry and startup ecosystem. The program will include mentoring and business development from established US startup businesses, networking and partnership opportunities, guidance on doing business in the US and an overview of the funding environment.

Participants will be invited to visit space industry startups and more established companies, as well as take part in tours of major incubators, accelerators, and research institutions in the Bay Area. Participants will also enjoy access to WeWork facilities for the length of the program, and be invited to attend community fireside chats and networking events with other members of the Australian startup community in San Francisco.

Applications have now closed.

Failure to submit correct and completed forms may result in the application being deemed ineligible and not being considered further.

Application process

The application process involves two stages:

  1. Eligibility assessment - applications will be assessed by NSW Department of Industry and Austrade against eligibility criteria. Applicants will be informed if they do not meet the criteria.
  2. Full assessment - application forms will be assessed by a panel of NSW industry and Austrade representatives against weighted assessment criteria.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for a place on this program, applicants must be:

  • A registered business with an Australian Business Number (ABN), registered in NSW
  • Working in the operation or manufacturing of space technology or utilising space-derived data
  • Operating as a for-profit organisation and solvent
  • A business whose activities demonstrate a net benefit to Australia
  • A business operating in the best interest of Australia
  • Committed to maintaining appropriate business ethics and legal obligations in Australia and overseas
  • Able to obtain a visa or visa waiver for the United States (including having a valid passport)
  • Able to acquire travel insurance before flights are purchased.

Applicants must also:

  • Not source their contribution funding from any other NSW Government program
  • Not currently be involved in any litigation or impending litigation
  • Be able to secure a visa, or visa waiver, before departure on 26 August 2018.

Judging criteria

Applications will be judged against the following criteria, each one being weighted equally:

  • level of innovation
  • market gap
  • global scalability
  • benefit to the startup.

More information

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