ESA and OVHcloud announce agreement on free cloud solutions to serve innovation
OVHcloud will provide a free cloud package for partners of ESA InCubed programme, ESA Business Incubation Centre and ESA Spark Funding
Milan, 5 April 2022 – ESA, European Space Agency, and OVHcloud, leading European cloud provider, announced an agreement in order to support both start-ups already working in the aerospace industry and those that could approach this sector.
In the agreement signed by OVHcloud and ESA, any company granted a contract as part of InCubed, ESA Business Incubation Centres (ESA BIC) or ESA Spark Funding (ESA Technology Broker) will be entitled to access to a number of free benefits offered by the OVHcloud Start up Program. These include up to €100,000 of free credits for OVHcloud products and up to 20 hours of specific technical support from business experts.
From one side ESA programmes will inform participating companies of the offer, and on the other side OVHcloud will promote this initiative with companies whose products and services may be relevant to the space sector.
“As a leading European cloud provider, we’re very excited to launch this collaboration with ESA as it reflects our common interest in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in the Space Economy” said Jonathan Clarke, OVHcloud Start-Up Program Leader for Southern Europe. “With OVHcloud’s offering in combination with co-funding from programmes such as ESA InCubed programme, start-ups are able to access services that give an essential helping hand to early-stage ventures in the European space arena”.
Michele Castorina of the Φ-lab Invest Office commented the benefits of the partnership: “This multi-Directorate agreement is a clear illustration of the coordinated support that ESA provides for economic operators, from incubation in the BICs to product development with Incubed. OVHcloud’s generous offer is a key enabler for start-ups, particularly during the commercialisation phase when setting up business services becomes a necessary part of getting the company off the ground. As such we’re more than happy to promote the OVHcloud Start-up Program to InCubed-supported entrepreneurs.”
The offer will soon be available to qualified projects.
OVHcloud is a global player and Europe’s leading cloud provider operating over 400,000 servers within 33 data centers across four continents. For more than 20 years, the Group has relied on an integrated model that provides complete control of its value chain–from the design of its servers, to the construction and management of its data centers, including the orchestration of its fiber-optic network. This unique approach allows it to independently cover all the uses of its 1.6 million customers in more than 140 countries. OVHcloud now offers its customers latest-generation solutions combining performance, price predictability and total sovereignty over their data to support their growth in complete freedom.