Take the first step to launch your space tech startup

Space Foundations is a free online course for you to gain foundational knowledge and skills in commercialising space technology.

About the course

Space Foundations

This course is for entrepreneurs, technologists, and researchers with a space tech idea, looking to learn the foundational building blocks necessary to turn their breakthrough technology into a business or a real-world venture.

You’ll learn from our expert faculty of space industry leaders, investors and advisors, as well as case studies of Australian space startups, practical worksheets and useful resources to help you get started on your journey.

Enrol in the course for free and learn at your own pace, from anywhere at any time.

The modules include:

Introduction to the Australian space ecosystem

  • Overview of the global space economy

  • Australia's place in the industry

  • Trends, challenges and oppportunites

Commercialising your research

  • The 5 Principles of commercialisation

  • Assess the stage of your idea

  • How to distill your idea into a business

Lean startup 101

  • Breaking down the Lean Startup approach

  • Get started on your Lean Canvas

  • Pivot or persevere

How to communicate your idea as a business

  • The art of storytelling for startups

  • Science communication key principles

  • Write your elevator pitch

Build what customers want

  • Get to understand your customers needs

  • What is your value?

  • How to build an MVP

Analyse your market & competition

  • Analyse your market

  • How to find Product-Market fit

  • Why partners are critical

Meet the faculty & mentors

Learn all facets of building a space tech business from founders, operators and investors.

Tim Parsons

Expert-in-Residence, Cicada Innovations

Bill Bartee

Partner at Main Sequence Ventures

Sally-Ann Williams

CEO, Cicada Innovations

Sian Priest

Director of Communications & Community, Cicada Innovations

Rajat Kulshrestha

CEO of Space Machines

Peter Toth

Founder & CEO, Extraterrestrial Power

Contact the team here for more information

National Space Industry Hub

The National Space Industry Hub contributes to creating a vibrant and globally competitive space industry delivering benefits for all Australians. It is founded on world-class research, innovation, collaboration, and commercialisation.

Delivered by Cicada Innovations and supported by the NSW Government, the Space Hub offers a physical space, resources, mentoring, and connections for emerging space ventures and researchers in Australia. We’ll also be offering commercialisation training programs nationally to share essential knowledge for anyone on the path of creating a space tech venture.