YSpacE is Canada’s only business plan competition with a focus on the space sector. Biennially, from November to March, students will receive knowledge and advice from experts through webinars focused on startups in the space sector, as well as feedback on their proposed business plans. The top 5 teams will be invited to make their case to our judges at our annual conference, Ascension.
We aim to empower students with the experience and confidence to target problems in the space sector, develop solutions, and turn them into profitable ideas. YSpacE accomplishes this by providing opportunities to develop an executive summary for a business idea and learn from experts through webinars to refine their plans. Up to five finalist teams will be selected to pitch their plans to our judges at Ascension.
In 2016 the winning team, Reaching Horizon (Lassonde School of Engineering, York University) was offered a spot at an accelerator to take their ideas further. In 2017, team Aether (McMaster University) won with their proposal to have a network of mobile satellites that provide automated satellite maintenance and refuelling services.