Italian Space Startup Competition – 5th Edition

Rome, Italy

16-17th March, 2024


The Italian Space Startup Competition (ISSC) is a startup competition whose area of interest is space in all its facets. During the two days of the event, participants will have the opportunity to interact with experts from the space field and to work in teams, discussing ideas and shaping them into business cases. The participants will benefit from the support of mentors, whose backgrounds and expertise are diverse and cover different areas of the space sector.


Competition Goals

ISSC aims to promote the interest of the young generation in the space business and bring forth the next generation of entrepreneurs. ISSC encourages knowledge sharing and fosters innovation, providing participants with the necessary backdrop to network, learn and shape the future.
The event is dedicated – but not limited – to new graduates, students and young professionals who are interested in working in the space sector and are willing to take on a challenge in a business context. The interdisciplinary nature of the event allows people from any background, be it engineering, law, economics or else, to participate. The competition is open to individuals  or teams (with or without ideas) and startups in the bootstrapping phase (no external funding received).
Participants without a team will have the opportunity to join/be matched with existing groups. All participants must be between the ages of 18 and 35.


Competition Prizes

The 4th Italian Space Startup Competition will offer fantastic opportunities to increase your experience within the Space Startup sector!
These include business coaching, financial support, internships and many more. Interested? Here there are examples of past special prizes.

Past special prizes


Presentation of the project at AIDAA general assembly and access to Courses of the AIDAA Educational Series and Academy


2 internships


6-hours coaching with CEO

Fondazione Amaldi

3-months Internship


8 hours of technical consultancy


6-months internship


Access to the “Switch2Product” program


Visit to a facility


The event format

After the end of the registrations, delegates with no team will be given the opportunity of entering already formed teams.

In the weeks prior to the event, all delegates will be given an introduction to the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and effective pitch. This will happen in the form of two webinars with guest experts from the industry and academia.

During the two-day event, the teams will work in groups to develop their idea and shape it into a business case, with the support of experienced mentors.
At the conclusion of the ISSC, each team will present its idea in front of a jury during a pitch competition. The business ideas may include new technologies, spin-in or spin-off, or space data applications.


Countdown to
5th ISSC - Rome, 16th-17th March 2024



Interested? Click HERE to learn how to register!