For the 2022 edition, the #T-TeC turned into a real start-up incubator. The first prize - won by a team from the Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) and the Observatoire de Paris (France) - offered access to an acceleration pathway at Leonardo's Business Innovation Factory (BIF), in addition to EUR 10,000 in cash.
The second prize was awarded to an international team composed of students from Imperial College (UK), the Max Planck Institute (Germany), ETH Zurich (Switzerland), Stanford University (USA) and the University of Oxford (UK), which, in addition to EUR 6,000 in cash, will have the opportunity to start the project on a pre-incubation path by the I3P of the Politecnico di Torino, which will enable the team to prepare itself in the best possible way for a place in the European Space Agency's incubation path at the Business Incubator Centre in Turin (ESA BIC Turin).
The third prize, worth EUR 4,000, was awarded to a team from the Politecnico di Milano, with the SunCubes project, while team from Politecnico di Torino received with "Constellation architecture in lunar orbit for energy wireless transmission on the Moon" the Test-it Award - one of the novelties of this edition - aimed at developing a proof of concept of the project presented.
Two special mentions went to students from the Krakow University of Science and Technology (Poland), with the μPURA project, and to an international team from ETH Zurich (Switzerland), Istituto Europeo di Design (Italy) and two Argentinean universities, the Universidad Nacional de la Plata and Universidad Argentina de la Empresa, with "Low-cost infrastructure deployment services to support the space resource utilisation value chain".
The awards were presented by Leonardo's Space Activities Coordinator and Telespazio CEO, Luigi Pasquali, Leonardo's Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Franco Ongaro, and Telespazio's Head of Innovation and Technology Governance, Marco Brancati, as well as Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti!