Saudi Space Accelerator Program

About The Program

The Saudi Space Accelerator Program was established to support local entrepreneurs and startups in the space sector, and ultimately boost the Saudi entrepreneurial ecosystem. The program consists of a series of cohorts each catered towards startups at different stages of development.

The first cohort will take place in January 2023 and we are delighted to be partnering with Techstars to deliver the “Founder Catalyst Program” for early stage startups.

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Program Goals

Support both local and global startups looking to create innovative solutions.

Nurture founders into getting their space-related business models ready for market.

Boost the national space sector in accordance with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's 2030 vision.

For founders to become investment and/or accelerator ready.

Key Dates

Applications Open

16 October 2022

Final Deadline for Applications

12 December 2022



Virtual Program

January – March 2023


Pitch Day

April 2023


About This Cohort

The Saudi Space Commission is launching the “Founder Catalyst program” in partnership with Techstars for its first cohort. A 10-week non-equity backed program that provides early-stage companies or innovative idea-stage founders in the space sector with the training, tools, mentorship, and network to prepare them for the next level. The program cultivates a community of innovative and ambitious individuals who are all highly motivated to support each other’s success. This experience will provide founders the ability to hone their entrepreneurial skills, connect with fellow founders for possible collaborations, and better understand their target customers and dig deeply into the innovative solutions that they are creating.

Participants will receive access to the Techstars worldwide network of entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, and partners. They will also receive support from SSCs vast technology and space expertise across a variety of business units


Startups will receive a SAR60,000 (approx. $16,000) non-equity grant for startup development costs.


  • Early-stage startups.
  • Been operating for less than 2 years.
  • Has some demonstrated traction.
  • Raised less than $1M.
  • Has an idea or startup that contributes or is related to the space sector.

This Program Might Be Right For You If You:

Have an innovative solution that contributes to the development of the space sector.

Are looking to gain knowledge in business modeling and planning.

Are looking for more market opportunities.

Are 18 years or older.

Targeted Sectors

Earth Observation
Edge Computing & Big Data Processing
Power systems (energy generation, energy storage, energy management)
Applied AI and ML
Geospatial Analytics
Autonomous Systems
Advanced Manufacturing
Advanced Structures
Systems on Chip Computing




If you are interested in joining The Saudi Space Accelerator program, sign up now to notify you with the next cohort!
What’s a founder?

A person who establishes a company or organization.

When is the deadline for application?

The application deadline is December 12th, 2022.

Q: How do I know my application has been received?

Upon registration, you will receive an email acknowledging the application. Follow up emails will be sent regarding next steps or if any information is missing or if additional information is needed.

How and when will I know if my proposal is selected?

You will be notified by email on December 19th, 2022. Be on the lookout for our acceptance email so you can confirm your participation in time. Late confirmations will not be considered.

Can I change my submission after I’ve applied?

After submitting the application, you must send any changes to to make any changes.

What supporting sectors qualify for the program?

Founders from space-related sectors, such as: Drones/UAS, Communications, Earth Observation, Edge Computing & Big Data Processing, Propulsion, Navigation, Perception, Sensors, Power systems (energy generation, energy storage, energy management), Applied AI and ML, Geospatial Analytics, Autonomous Systems, Robotics, Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Structures, Systems on Chip Computing and Avionics, and other space-related sectors that can be connected to the space industry – are welcome to apply.

Will I have the ownership rights to what I create?

Yes. The team has full ownership rights to its ideas and all intellectual properties.

How many founders will be selected? 

Up to 20 will be selected.

Does the program cost? Is exchange equity required to join the program?

There is no cost or exchange equity involved to participate in the program. Some founders will be selected for an equity-free grant up to SAR 60.000 (approx.. USD 16.000)

Where can I find templates? Is there a template for the pitch deck?

There is no template. Your pitch deck will be submitted as a .pdf file and you may also include a link to a website or video of your proposal or demo.

Is this an accelerator or an incubator?

No. The “Founder Catalyst program” in partnership with Techstars for its first cohort. is a ten-week program that provides early-stage entrepreneurs with the knowledge, tools, mentorship, and network to prepare the startups for the next level. The program enables founders to hone their entrepreneurial skills, better understand their target customers and dig deeply into refining the solutions they are offering the world. On completion of the program the startups will benefit from an introduction to the Techstars Accelerator Team and are encouraged to apply.

Do I need to be a Saudi citizen, or based in Saudi Arabia to participate? 

No – this program is open to anyone from around the globe to apply.

What is the time commitment for the program each week?

On average 10 hours per week for 10 weeks

What will the program cover?

By providing introductions to world-class resources and education, Techstars helps participants dramatically increase their chances of success. The tools, insights and strategies Techstars offers through its impactful masterclasses, mentoring and community are hugely beneficial to participating startups

Q: What if I have more questions?

Please feel free to reach out to