Space Fast Start

Fast Start is a 6-month intensive program tailored for ambitious space ventures so they can supercharge their commercialisation journey.

Are you serious about working on your space venture?

Fast Start is an intense coaching program. With a dedicated coach by your side, you will set goals, focus on what is important, and remove roadblocks to move more quickly. You will be supported by a pool of mentors and the wider Cicada community who genuinely want to help you succeed. You will also have a dedicated workspace at the National Space Industry Hub for the duration of the program. 

Applications are closed for 2024.

Who is it for?

Fast Start is for ambitious space ventures who are integrating hardware and software solutions in all areas of space. It is for ventures who are serious about entering the space industry.

What is the Fast Start experience like?

Fast Start is specifically designed to address the needs of each team. It can be in-person or virtual, but either way you can expect:

  1. Regular 1-on-1 sessions with your coach. (Meet Tim Parsons)

  2. A dedicated workspace for 6 months at the National Space Industry Hub

  3. Access to state-of-the-art rapid prototyping facilities and shared labs

  4. A network of mentors, comprising leading industry experts, investors and successful entrepreneurs

  5. Membership to the National Space Industry Hub

  6. To be part of Cicada’s deep tech community

  7. Curated events, resources, and introductions to Cicada’s network

What will Fast Start help me achieve?

Success will look different for each team, but if you complete the program you can expect to have;

  • Achieved the goals you set for yourself

  • External validation from customers, mentors, industry partners

  • A clear pathway forward with reduced hurdles

  • Ready for trials and partnerships

  • Ready to raise capital or apply for grant funding

We are halfway through Fast Start and it has already been transformative for us — from the weekly focussed sessions with coaches and mentors, strategic and tactical guidance from the Cicada team, to the warm introductions to potential customers, investors, and partners. Working out of the National Space Industry Hub has led to countless connections being made that would never have occurred otherwise. The value offered by Fast Start & Cicada is compelling and I highly recommend them to any space startup looking to accelerate their business!

Iwan Cornelius, Amentum Scientific

Space Fast Start Participants & Alumni

This isn’t your average startup program

Unlike ‘the one size fits all’ accelerator model, Fast Start is specifically designed to address the pressing needs of each team. By pairing you with respected industry mentors, technical experts, and investors, you’ll have a trusted team providing guidance and strategic advice as you build your space venture. 

About the National Space Industry Hub

The National Space Industry Hub will contribute to creating a vibrant and globally competitive space industry to 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 NSIH 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.

National Space Industry Hub

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