European agencies begin to match startups with investors for $1-billion Cassini space fund

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The European Commission opened its program to connect investors and customers to space startups as part of the Cassini Space Investment Fund, which starting late this year is expected to generate 1 billion euros ($1.05 billion) in investment through 2027.

The Cassini Matchmaking effort, held at the VivaTech exhibition here, is designed to lead space startups through the maze of investment possibilities that have cropped up in Europe, and to train them in how to pitch their companies to investors.

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