InsightART and Cooperation with ESA BIC
InsightART is proud to announce that it is among several Czech start-ups selected for support by The European Space Agency (ESA) space incubator.
ESA BIC Prague works to inspire and facilitate the use of space technology, systems, services and know-how for non-space applications. Selected start-ups can receive support to the value of up to EUR 50,000 for completion of their products and subsequent introduction to the market. In addition to that, the incubator provides them with numerous other benefits, such as mentoring, assistance with the firms’ active development, and connection with investors and relevant partners.
Although, the core of InsightART‘s work is analysis of paintings, the new generation of detectors the company uses comes from space research and is a world-patented technology of its parent company Advacam, a NASA certified supplier. A smaller version of the detector is currently being used on the space station to analyse the radiation to which astronauts are exposed. With the use of space technology, InsightART is able to provide unprecedented outputs in artwork analysis. Thus, it not only produces colour X-rays, but also differentiates the materials in the analysed paintings.
Besides the European Space Agency, the City of Prague is also financially involved in the project, having allocated nearly CZK 45 million for it. The project’s facilities are provided by CzechInvest in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The partners of ESA BIC Prague are the Ministry of Transportation and Komerční banka. Since opening in May 2016, ESA BIC Prague has already hosted eight firms: Festka, NG Aviation, Triphood, TuddyTuddy, Big Terra, InsightART, Let’s Earth, and Right Rider.