Space Meetings Veneto. Presented in Brussels the 2nd edition of the project with President Zaia

"A project to attract investment and land talent in Veneto"


Events - published on 02 February 2024


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Source: press office Giunta Regione del Veneto 

(AVN) – Brussels, Jan. 31, 2024

Industry, talent and the public system. This is the formula of Veneto Space Meetings: an ecosystem capable of creating connections and dialogue in a direct way with the entire space economic chain, which employs more than 5 thousand people in 260 companies and aims to create opportunities for young European innovators to attract them to our industrial world.

In Venice, from May 20 to 22, we will host the second edition of the international event that will bring together in one physical location the main international players, financial operators and companies who will be able to delve into public and private investment opportunities in the space economy. A three-day event in the Venetian lagoon, a World Heritage Site, which will also be a showcase for the companies of our RIR, which will be able to dialogue and meet buyers from all over the world to expand the Veneto know-how internationally.

This is how the President of the Veneto Region, Luca Zaia, introduced the second edition of Space Meetings Veneto, directly from the headquarters of the European Parliament in Brussels, together with Federico Zoppas, president of the Regional Innovative Network Aerospace Innovation and Research and Luca Salamone, director general of the Italian Space Agency, to amplify the promotion of an event related to the space economy that places Veneto and its manufacturing fabric well above European parameters, including in terms of the number of start-ups.

Veneto, with its regional policies, has opened its doors to the digital industry and the world of space, not only to expand its borders and showcase its excellence at the European level but also to create a public-private system, a bridge, capable of attracting investment to the regional territory – continued the Veneto GovernorIt is a strategic event that aims to create in Veneto a true incubator for everything that gravitates around the world of aerospace.

There are two important novelties compared to the 2023 edition: on Tuesday, May 21, the theme “Sport and Space” will be explored in depth, with the important repercussions on nutrition, sports fabrics, training techniques, sports technologies and much more considering that the Veneto Region has been named “European Region of Sport 2024”; the event will also be open to the public in collaboration with the Festival of Ideas with moments of entertainment with illustrious personalities (such as Astronauts and international experts) to tell the repercussions that space can have on everyday life as well.

Space Meetings Veneto 2024 is made possible thanks to the efforts of the Veneto Region and the Regional Innovative Network (RIR) Air – Aerospace Innovation and Research, to map and connect all the excellence in the area: public bodies, universities, research centers and companies that have made Veneto one of the leading regions in Italy in the aerospace supply chain.

SPACE MEETINGS VENETO 2023 – Final Report

Space Meeting Veneto 2023 had very important numbers:

  • more than 1000 visitors;
  • 230 companies present (including 81 classified as “buyers” and 149 “suppliers”) from 15 different countries;
  • 28 companies from the Veneto RIR participating together with the Veneto UniVeneto university system;
  • over a hundred international buyers from all over the world;
  • 25 European startups from the space sector;
  • more than 3,000 B2B meetings were organized during the Space Suppliers Summit amounting to an average of 16 meetings per supplier and 20 meetings per buyer;
  • more than 50 technical-scientific conferences with more than 150 speakers.

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