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Austrade supports Australian firms participating in Japanese S-Booster program

The Australian Trade Commission, Austrade, is inviting Australian space companies to participate in Japan’s S-Booster contest. Entries close on 20 June 

S-Booster 2022 is a space-based business idea contest for ventures, individuals, and businesses in different industries in Japan and the Asia-Oceania region that aim to commercialize their business ideas utilizing “space”.

Excellent ideas that successfully proceed through the first 2 stages of the application will receive mentoring from experts. At the final selection meeting, finalists present their (now-refined) business ideas to investors and companies interested in the space sector.  This provides an opportunity to grow their network and receive additional support. Of course, there will also be cash prize awards.

Schedule for Asia-Oceania Region

  • Application Period: 19 Apr (Tues) – 20 Jun (Mon) at 5 pm JST
  • Round 1 (document screening): July 2022
  • Round 2 (presentation): July 2022
  • Mentoring: August – December 2022
  • Final Round: December 2022

 There are eleven prizes, including six Sponsor prizes– the cash prizes are in Japanese Yen (approx. ¥90.00 = AUD$1.0)

Prize Name Quantity Prize
Grand Prize 1 ¥10 million (prize money)
Special Judges’ Prize 1 ¥1 million (prize money)
Asia-Oceania Prize 1 ¥1 million (prize money)
Sponsor Prize 6 ¥500,000 (prize money)
JAXA Prize 1 6 months of hands-on support
NEDO Prize 1 6 months of hands-on support


  • Space-related business ideas
  • Business ideas based on themes proposed by sponsors (shown below)
Sponsor Business Idea
Kyocera What is the secondary impact brought about by the broad-band satellite internet?
SKY Perfect JSAT Our Unlimited Vision, Your Practical Value
Sony Group Business ideas for watching over the earth and realising a sustainable society
Honda R&D Intelligent Ground Mobility Robot and Vehicle Utilising Information from Space
RiskTaker Ideas on making the space “a place where everyone can take on new challenges”

Please refer to the S-Booster 2022 website and the application guide for more information.

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