$pace is Business Competition - 2014



Entries accepted: Now!
Submission Deadline: 30th June 2014 (23:59 GMT)
Winners announced: 1st August 2014 (tentatively)
Space Generation Congress:25th – 27th September 2014, Toronto, Canada
International Astronautical Congress: 29th September – 3rd October 2014, Toronto, Canada   


The International Astronautical Federation’s (IAF) Entrepreneurship and Investment Committee (EIC) in cooperation with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) challenges young minds to think about the future, past and present of Entrepreneurship and Investment within the Space Sector and submit their views and analysis to this competition.



The content of papers may address any topic related to one of the two areas ‘Public/Private Human Access to Space’ or ‘New Space and New Science’ that you might regard as particularly interesting or important. Questions addressed may include, but are not limited to:

  • What are historic and/or current examples of public/private human orbital space activities?
  • Which roles do governments and industry take within public-private partnerships concerning human access to space?
  • How do industry and governments complement each other in regard to human access to space?
  •  What are opportunities and/or barriers for the development of a commercial market for human access to orbit under the current national and international space policies and acquisition strategies?
  • What are current and/or historic examples of scientific space programs undertaken by private organizations?
  • What are opportunities and/or barriers for private organizations endeavoring to conduct scientific space exploration?
  •  What are opportunities, changes, or difficulties that await the non-profit world of science with the emergence of private organizations in scientific space activities?


The main author of the winning paper will receive an award of up to USD 2500 in order to attend and give a presentation at the Space Generation Congress (SGC) 2014 and the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2014 in Toronto, Canada. Dates are:

Space Generation Congress: 25th – 27th September 2014
International Astronautical Congress: 29th September – 3rd October


For the complete rules, please see the Terms and Conditions.



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