A challenge for young European talent. The VeneTo Stars Challenge, aimed at individuals aged 18 to 25, aims to inspire and promote innovative ideas that harness space data to realise cutting-edge projects.

The theme of the second edition of the VeneTo Stars Challenge is ‘Space Data for UNESCO Heritage Site Valorisation’. The young participants will be called upon to propose innovative ideas and projects that aim to safeguard and enhance the cultural heritage and UNESCO sites through the intelligent use of space data.

The official presentation of the initiative took place in Paris, at UNESCO, thanks to the collaboration between the Italian Representation to UNESCO and the Italian Representation to the European Space Agency (ESA). The event was attended by the regional councillor for Budget and Digital Agenda, together with representatives and experts from UNESCO and ESA.

The event will be broadcast live on the Veneto Digital Agenda Facebook channel (@adveneto)


The Veneto stars challenge ideas submission is open from 1st February to 3 rd May 2024. The 10 best teams will be notified by April 19th and invited to pitch their project in Venice during the Space Meetings Veneto, to happen from 20 to 22 May 2024. The pitch competition winning team will be invited to a one-week tailor-made program that includes meetings, coaching and advisory activities to run a pilot test in a real environment in the Veneto Region. The terms of the Challenge are outlined in the participant guide at www.venetostars.com.


To challenge yourself and get the chance of applying your idea in a real context
To be sponsored to visit Italy and especially the Veneto Region innovation ecosystem
To attend the space meetings Veneto and get a great exposure to the space sector stakeholders
To meet local stakeholders in the space and non-space sectors
To get in touch with potential investors, partners and mentors to boost your idea


What do You Need? A small team and a Great Idea!
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