SatCan Space Support Program (SSP)

Direct Support to Small and Medium Enterprises 

Services Available to IRAP-Approved Clients

July 2020 - March 2021

SatCan Space Support Program (SSP)

New, low-cost approaches to space enabled by IT, AI, 3D printing, industrial processes and
other advances have created robust and efficient space technologies. The SSP is here to assist
Canadian SMEs to provide solutions for start-up and Small-Medium Enterprise (SME)
companies. SSP is supported by a contribution from IRAP. The process requires that SMEs have IRAP approval and are either existing IRAP clients or can become a client through IRAP's engagement and assessment processes.


For IRAP approved companies, the cost is covered by IRAP. Accepted applicants will only be required to cover an administration fee.


  • Assist Canadian Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to access the growing space sector

  • Provide SMEs an understanding of the opportunities and challenges in the Canadian and global ecosystem, key players and partners

  • Devise strategies to develop technology, products and applications for the growing space sector, and better establish themselves in the supply chain

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SSP Brochure

We partnered with SatCan for a couple different projects through the Space Support Program. We were able to get valuable insights and support for key projects on our roadmap. The SatCan team was fast, professional, and provided great analysis for us. We look forward to partnering with SatCan and leveraging the SSP program again in the future!

-- Joel Cumming, Chief Technology Officer, Skywatch


Innovative technology and engineering personnel are employed by Canadian SMEs, but require wider support navigating business strategy, marketing, finance, policy, technology development, innovation support and other services to scale up to companies that will feed into the Canadian economy.

  • Market positioning. Who are potential competitors, suppliers, clients, partners?

  • Market influences. Assess ecosystem activity, global economy, geo-political factors.

  • Downstream markets. What are end user cases? What are the needs now and in the future?

  • Go-to market strategy. How to deliver the product or service? What pricing model to use? Who is the customer?

  • Business case. Build the business case. What do investors need to see?

  • Technology development. What is the best technology road map?

  • Development strategy. What course should be plotted for a particular innovation?


Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • There is one or more full-time equivalent employee(s) on the company payroll

  • There are no more than 500 employees

  • The firm operates from a professional space

  • The firm is Canadian and has a Canada Revenue Agency business number

The organization and expertise of all involved made this experience highly valuable. We achieved what we set out to do with the support of SatCan's program. Thank you.

-- Dr. Nathalie Sleno, Executive VP, Leap Biosystems


Answering yes to the following questions probably means that the SSP is right for you:

  • Are you struggling to understand how your technology fits into the space ecosystem?

  • Are you looking for ways to manage the development of your newest innovation?

  • Do you wish you had access to skilled consultants who have experience with top tier organizations?

  • Can you share enough information to provide our team with context to get started?

Drive Growth and Global Excellence for the Canadian Space Technology and Industry
  • Accelerate growth of small-medium business

  • Develop skills in the sector with targeted space knowledge

  • Position key technology contributions to large commercial and government projects

  • Access to a premier network of innovation partners, international government agencies, commercial space organizations, academia, funding and facilities

  • Connect industry to international commercial and government projects (Europe, US, Canada, others)

  • Support upstream technology development and grow downstream space applications

SatCan SSP is a great launching pad for any Canadian firm's journey into the space sector. My company has had tremendous real-world impact from this innovative program - I cannot speak highly enough of it, and the people who run it.

-- Nicholas Kellett, Founder and CEO, Deploy Solutions

Each SME receives a custom plan. These are sample services:
  • Access to expert advisors

  • Industry/government/academia partners, skills development

  • Design and certification support

  • Options for hardware and software certification for space environment

  • Business support

  • Options for business models and financial opportunities, introductions to commercial experts and market reports

  • Growth in international markets

  • Research on global space technology and business ecosystems

  • Facilitate access to government/academia and partner technology

  • Facilitate networking opportunities

  • Conferences, introductions to key partners and organizations

  • Specialist consulting support

  • Provision of research, administrative support and other necessary informed services by skilled individuals, in order to support high level works


To learn more about how the SSP can directly benefit your company, email us.

Wyvern partnered with SatCan for the Space Support Program for several projects. They helped us define our market and to build a realistic financial model while providing critical insights. Their expertise and professionalism have been invaluable to our continued growth and development. I would recommend any eligible company to apply to this program.

-- Kurtis Broda, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Wyvern Space


The strength of SatCan is its access to professionals, services, skills, business contacts and
associations to provide a full suite of support to the space technology industry in Canada.  
SatCan will leverage a broad spectrum of skills and expertise from a combination of our internal
team and a roster of industry experts.