Terms & Conditions
Last updated: 20 June 2022
Please read these Terms & Conditions (“Terms", "Terms & Conditions") carefully before:
- Registering for the EUSPA Space Academy (the “Programme”) as a participant (“Participant” or “Participants”) via the learning platform (the “Learning Platform”)
- Accessing the Learning Platform;
- Enrolling to the Programme’s courses to watch the Trainings (the “Training” or “Trainings”)
- Booking follow-up sessions (the “Follow-Up Session” or “Follow-Up Sessions”) as a participant through the Scheduling Tool (the “Scheduling Tool”); and
- Attending to the Follow-Up Sessions.
The Programme is implemented by SpaceTec Partners SRL (“SpaceTec”) on behalf and under contract with the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (“EUSPA”, the “Organiser”, the “Organisers”).
Your registration for, access to or participation in the Programme is conditioned on your acceptance of and compliance with these Terms. These Terms apply to all visitors who register in, access or use the Learning Platform or Scheduling Tool, and/or register or participate in the Programme activities, and Follow-Up Sessions. You confirm that you are at least 18 years old, and you are legally capable of entering into binding contracts. Organisers do not check your legal capacity. Organisers are not liable for any consequence deriving from a user’s lack of legal capacity.
By registering for, accessing to or participating in the Programme, you agree to be bound by these Terms. Please read the following carefully. If you disagree with any part of the Terms, then you may not register for or participate in the Programme
The EUSPA Space Academy is an online training programme providing a comprehensive curriculum of Trainings and tailor-made support in Follow-Up Sessions for Participants. The Participants will have access to the Trainings and will have the opportunity to attend to Follow-Up Sessions (workshops, one-on-one mentoring and office hours) with expert trainers, subject to availability. The Programme is free and open to every interested person, offering a modular and customisable approach where the Participants can choose the Trainings of their interests to attend, as well as Follow-Up Sessions, giving them the chance to build their training path based on their specific needs.
1.2 Contracting party
The contracting party in these Terms is the European Union Agency for the Space Programme or EUSPA, and executive agency of the European Union.
The Participants are start-ups or individuals who have registered on the Programme through the Learning Platform or Scheduling Tool to participate in the Trainings or the Follow-Up Sessions.
2 Participation as a Participant
2.1 Right of participation
Registration in the Programme is free and open to any interested person. To participate in the Programme, Participants must first create an account on the Learning Platform through the registration form. The Programme welcomes all participants of legal adult age and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, colour, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight or marital status.
2.2 Activities of the Programme
2.2.1 General information
On the Learning Platform Participants can enrol to the different courses of the Programme, which will provide Participants access to the course players, displaying its available content. Participants have access to the Scheduling Tool to book Follow-Up Sessions, but only after registering to the Programme on the Learning Platform. The schedule for the Trainings’ release and Follow-Up Sessions is constantly updated on the Programme’s website.
The Trainings with their related Follow-Up Sessions form together a module (the “Module” or “Modules”).
The Trainings are the collection of training videos produced by renowned specialists concerning one specific topic in the Programme’s curriculum of Modules.
2.2.4 Follow-Up Sessions
The Follow-Up Sessions consist of office hours, workshop and one-on-one mentoring and are related to the content of the Trainings in the respective Modules.
The workshops (“Workshops”) are online sessions provided by experienced trainers through videoconference, aiming to expand the knowledge acquired during the Module’s Training and to provide hands-on experience from the trainer. The Workshop sessions are open to registration considering a limited number of Participants per Workshop to ensure the quality of the Workshop. Therefore, participation to the Workshop is subject to availability.
The office hours (“Office Hours”) are online sessions provided by experienced trainers through videoconference, aimed at answering specific questions of Participants regarding the Module’s Training content. The Office Hour sessions do not have a limited number of Participants. However, Participants are also requested to fill a registration form to receive the videoconference link for the Office Hour sessions.
The one-on-one mentoring (“Mentoring Sessions”) are one-hour consultations with experienced mentors (“Mentor” or “Mentors”) from the Programme’s pool of Mentors through videoconference. Participants can request up to a maximum of 4 Mentoring Sessions during the Programme. The Mentor’s profiles can be found on the Scheduling Tool, and may be updated, based on Mentors’ availability. Mentoring Sessions and the Mentors’ availability are limited in number and Participants cannot be guaranteed participation.
It is a prerequisite to watch the Module’s Training before requesting participation in any of the Follow-Up Sessions, to avoid repeat questions and to make the most out of the session by the Participants. The Participant will be asked via a registration form in the Scheduling Tool whether they watched the Training of that specific Module. If the Participant does not watch the Module Training, the Organisers may decline the participation request of the Participants to the Follow-up Sessions. The participation requests in the Scheduling Tool need to be fully completed and includes the start-up’s name if applicable and other information relevant to the type of Follow-Up Session requested.
The participation requests to Follow-Up Sessions will be evaluated in chronological order. Additionally, the requested Mentors for Mentoring Sessions will assess whether they can support Participants based on their expertise and the Participant’s needs, before confirming the Mentoring Sessions. The Organisers’ or Mentors’ decision concerning admitting participation of Participants to the Follow-Up Sessions shall not be subject to dispute in a court of law. These decisions shall be final and binding for all Participants. Participants shall have no right to justification for the results of the mentoring request process.
When requesting participation to Mentoring Sessions, the following information provided by Participants will be shared with the respective Mentors:
- Participants’ identity (and those of Participants’ team members as far as they are participating on the Mentoring Session);
- The name of Participants’ start-ups and the start-ups’ contexts; and
- Participants’ answers for the submission form, e.g., mentoring need.
Each Mentor is bound by a non-disclosure agreement before receiving access to Mentor requests, or before providing the Mentoring Sessions. The non-disclosure agreement part of the agreement the Programme has with the Mentors, is provided for the Participants’ consideration in annex of these Terms.
2.3 Best Students
Participants who stand out during the Programme (“Best Students”) will be recognised by EUSPA during a public closing session of the Programme. The criteria to be awarded on the closing session considers the number of Trainings watched and the number of Follow-Up Sessions participated.
Personal data about the Best Students, such as their name and affiliation, will be shared by EUSPA to the general public to recognise the Best Students in the closing session, but only after the Participant’s explicit consent.
2.4 Conditions of participation
Some activities in the Programme, such as Workshops and Mentoring Sessions, have limited availability in terms of number of Participants. Considering this reality, upon participation in the Programme, Participants agree to do this to their best intentions and commitments, which includes but is not limited to:
- Before registering for the Workshops, watch its Modules’ Trainings;
- Register for Workshops with the intention to participate;
- Actively participate in the Workshops;
- Cancel the Workshops’ registrations if it is not possible to attend the Workshops
- Before registering for the Office Hours, watch its Modules’ Trainings;
- Register for Office Hours with the intention to participate;
- Prepare questions in advance for the Office Hours;
- Cancel the Office Hours’ registration if it is not possible to attend to the Office Hours;
- Before registering for Mentoring Sessions, watch its Modules’ Trainings;
- Request Mentoring Sessions only when there is an identified and specific needs;
- Select the Mentor according to the specific needs;
- Prepare an introduction and a few questions for the Mentoring Sessions beforehand; and
- Inform the Organisers in case it is not possible to join the Mentoring Sessions, for rescheduling or cancelation.
Any failure to deliver the minimal above commitments is a breach of these Terms and may result in a termination of Participant’s participation to the Programme.
2.5 Personal data shared through Participant’s registration
Participant’s personal data including name, contact details, affiliation, or confidential information about their company, which Participants share during registration and participation in the Programme, and will not be shared with any parties other than EUSPA, the Mentors and SpaceTec.
With your participation in the Programme as Participant, you agree to the use of your personal data for the following purposes:
- Essential notifications: to administer your participation in the Programme, Organisers send notifications to the e-mail addresses of the Participants. Your subscription to these notifications will survive your participation to the Programme, but can be ceased any time by clicking on the respective link in the bottom of the notification, or by writing the Organisers a message at [email protected];
- Best Students: to award the Best Students during the closing session of the Programme, selected Participants’ name, e-mail address and Programme completion may be shared to the general public by EUSPA, but only after Participants’ explicit consent.
- In case you request a Mentoring session: to ensure a good interaction with your requested Mentor, Organisers will provide the Mentor with your first and last name, affiliation, contact information and your answers to the registration form. These data will only be used for mentorship purposes.
2.6 Proprietary rights, limited right to use
Any and all proprietary rights, including but not limited to rights to and in inventions, patent rights, utility models, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets, in and to any Confidential Information shall be and remain with the Participants respectively. EUSPA, the Mentors and SpaceTec shall not have any right, license, title or interest in or to any confidential information, except the limited right to review, assess and help develop such Confidential Information in connection with the Programme.
Organisers may terminate Participant’s participation to the Programme in written (by e-mail) without limitation if you breach these Terms & Conditions. This termination will take effect immediately after such termination e-mail has been sent, with the time stamps as legal basis. Upon termination, Participant’s right to benefit from the Programme will immediately cease.
If a Participant wishes to terminate their participation to the Programme, they may do so by sending an e-mail to [email protected]. This termination will take effect immediately after such termination e-mail has been sent.
All provisions of the Terms & Conditions which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity, and limitations of liability.
Organisers shall not be liable to you or any third party for any claims or damages arising out of any termination or suspension, or any other actions taken by Organisers in connection therewith.
4 General Clauses
To participate on the Programme, Participants must create an account ("Account"), which is collectively the personal information and credentials inserted on the registration form, used by Participants to access the Learning Platform. To create an Account, Participants must have read and accepted these Terms & Conditions and Privacy Notice which can be found on the Programme’s website.
When you create an Account on the Learning Platform, you must provide Organisers information that is accurate, complete and current at all times. Failure to do so constitutes a breach of the Terms, which may result in immediate termination of your Account on the Learning Platform and your participation to the Programme.
You will be requested to choose a username when creating an Account on the Learning Platform. You may not use as a username the name of another person or entity that is not lawfully available for use, a name or trademark that is subject to any rights of another person or entity other than you without appropriate authorisation, or a name that is otherwise offensive, vulgar or obscene. Any failure to do so could result in the suspension and/or termination of your Account.
You are responsible for safeguarding the password that you use to access the Learning Platform and for any activities or actions under your password. You agree not to disclose your password to any third party. Organisers will never ask you to share these details with other persons. You must notify Organisers immediately upon becoming aware of any breach of security or unauthorised use of your Account.
The Learning Platform allows you to post, link, store, share and otherwise make available certain information, text, graphics, videos, or other material ("Content”). You are responsible for the Content that you post to the Learning Platform, including its legality, reliability, and appropriateness.
By posting Content to the Learning Platform, you grant Organisers the right and license to use, modify, perform, display, reproduce, and distribute such Content on and through the Learning Platform. You retain any and all of your rights to any Content you submit, post or display on or through the Learning Platform and you are responsible for protecting those rights. You agree that this license includes the right for Organisers to make your Content available to other users of the Learning Platform, who may also use your Content subject to these Terms.
You represent and warrant that:
- the Content is yours (you own it) or you have the right to use it and grant Organisers the rights and license as provided in these Terms, and
- the posting of your Content on or through the Learning Platform does not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, contract rights or any other rights of any person.
Further, you warrant that:
- the Content will not cause you or Organisers to breach any law, regulation, rule, code or other legal obligation;
- the Content will not or could not be reasonably considered to be obscene, inappropriate, defamatory, disparaging, indecent, seditious, offensive, pornographic, threatening, abusive, liable to incite racial hatred, discriminatory, blasphemous, in breach of confidence, in breach of privacy, contrary to good morals or contrary to the purposes of the Programme;
- the Content will not be unsolicited, undisclosed or unauthorised advertising;
- the Content does not contain software viruses or any other computer code, files, or programs designed to interrupt, destroy, or limit the functionality of any computer software, hardware or telecommunications equipment; and
- the Content does not bring Organisers or the Learning Platform into disrepute.
You agree to keep all records necessary to establish that your Content does not violate any of the requirements this clause and make such records available upon Organisers’ reasonable request.
Organisers are under no obligation to regularly monitor the accuracy or reliability of your Content incorporated into the Learning Platform. Organisers reserve the right to modify or remove any Content at any time.
Violation of any of these representations and warranties will result in the termination of your Account. You understand and agree that you are solely responsible for the Content that you publish or upload to the Learning Platform. Organisers expressly disclaim any liability or responsibility thereto.
4.3 Copyright policy
Organisers respect the intellectual property rights of others. It is Organisers’ policy to respond to any claim that Content posted on the Learning Platform infringes the copyright or other intellectual property of any person (“Infringement”).
If you are a copyright owner, or authorised on behalf of one, and you believe that the copyrighted work has been copied in a way that constitutes a copyright infringement that is taking place through the Learning Platform, you must submit your notice in writing to the attention of “Copyright Infringement” and include in your notice a detailed description of the alleged infringement, as well as the following information:
- Your name and address;
- Details of the alleged breach of copyright; and
- URL link to the alleged breach of copyright (if applicable).
You may be held accountable for damages (including costs and attorneys’ fees) for misrepresenting that any content is infringing your copyright.
4.4 Intellectual property
The Programme, the Learning Platform and their original content (excluding Content uploaded by Participants), features and functionality, including, but not limited to, text, graphics, logos, icons, images, sound clips, video clips, data compilations, page layout, underlying code and software are and will remain the exclusive property of Organisers. By continuing to use the Learning Platform you acknowledge that such material is protected by applicable Belgium and International intellectual property and other laws. The Programme and the Learning Platform are protected by copyright, trademark, and other laws of Belgium. Organisers’ trademark and trade dress may not be used in connection with any product or service without the prior written consent of Organisers. Nothing in these Terms constitutes a transfer of any Intellectual Property rights from Organisers to you.
You are permitted to use the Programme and the Learning Platform only as authorised by Organisers. You are prohibited from modifying or attempting to modify the Learning Platform in any manner of form, except that you have the right to modify your self-generated Content on the Learning Platform. Organisers’ Intellectual Property must not be used in connection with a product or service that is not affiliated with Organisers or in any way brings Organisers in disrepute.
You may not reproduce, copy, distribute, store or in any other fashion re-use material from the Programme or its Learning Platform unless otherwise indicated on the Learning Platform or unless given Organisers’ express written permission to do so. You are prohibited from extracting or attempting to extract a substantial part of the data of the Website.
As a user of the Learning Platform, you are granted a limited, non-exclusive, revocable, non-transferable right to use the Learning Platform to create, display, use and play Content subject to these terms.
Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed or made available by any other users on the Learning Platform are those of the respective authors or distributors and not of Organisers.
4.5 Links to other sites
The Programme and Learning Platform may contain links to third-party websites or services that are not owned or controlled by Organisers.
Organisers have no control over, and assume no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third-party websites or services. You further acknowledge and agree that Organisers shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such websites or services.
Organisers only provide links to external websites as a convenience, and the inclusion of such a link to external websites does not imply Organisers’ endorsement of those websites. You acknowledge and agree that when you access other websites on the internet, you do so at your own risk.
Organisers strongly advise you to read the terms & conditions and privacy policies of any third-party websites or services that you visit.
As a condition of your participation to the Programme, and/or access to and use of the Learning Platform, you agree to indemnify Organisers, its Partners and its successors and assigns for all damages, costs, expenses and other liabilities, including but not limited to legal fees and expenses, relating to any claim arising out of related to your participation to the Programme and access to and use of the Learning Platform, or your breach of these Terms & Conditions and any applicable law or the rights of another person or party.
This indemnification section survives the expiration of your registration and applies to claims arising both before and after the registration ends.
4.7 Limitation of liability
You agree that Organisers shall not be liable for any damages suffered as a result of participating in the Programme and/or using the Learning Platform.
Organisers have no control over the behavior of Participants or visitors that use the Learning Platform. Organisers do not control the information provided by others that is made available through the Learning Platform; other user’s information may be inaccurate.
In no event shall Organisers be liable for any indirect, punitive, special, incidental or consequential damage (including loss of business, revenue, profits, use, privacy, data, goodwill or other economic advantage) through your application to the Programme on the Learning Platform, or through your participation in the Programme, however it arises, whether for breach of contract or in tort, even if the possibility of such damage has been previously advised of.
In no event shall Organisers be liable for any claims by a third party in tort or contract, including, but not limited, to any misleading statements made and/or incorporated into any Content provided by third parties, such as manufacturers and wholesalers, and users of the Learning Platform. It is your sole responsibility to ensure the accuracy of the data inputted on the Learning Platform.
You have sole responsibility for adequate security protection and backup of data and/or equipment used in connection with your usage of the Learning Platform and will not make a claim against Organisers for lost data, re-run time, inaccurate instruction, work delays or lost profits resulting from the use of the Learning Platform. You must not assign or otherwise dispose of your Account to any other person.
Your participation to the Programme or your use of the Learning Platform is at your sole risk. The Programme and its Learning Platform are provided without warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement or course of performance. The Programme and its Learning Platform are provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis.
Organisers do not warrant that a) the Programme or Learning Platform will function uninterrupted, secure or available at any particular time or location; or b) the results of participating in the Programme or using the Learning Platform will meet your requirements. Organiers also do not warrant that a) any errors or defects in the Learning Platform will be corrected; b) the Learning Platform is free of viruses or other harmful components.
This disclaimer of liability applies to any damages or injury caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communication line failure, theft, or destruction or unauthorised access or, alteration of or use of record in connection with the use or operation of the Learning Platform, whether for breach of contract, tortious behaviour, negligence or any other cause of action.
Organisers make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the content contained on the Learning Platform for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. Organisers disclaim any express or implied warranty representation or guarantee as to the effectiveness or profitability of the Learning Platform or that the operation of the Learning Platform will be uninterrupted or error-free. Organisers are not liable for the consequences of any interruptions or error in the Learning Platform.
Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, so the limitations above may not apply to you.
4.10 Governing law
These Terms & Conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of Belgium, without regard to its conflict of law provisions.
Organisers’ failure to enforce any right or provision of these Terms & Conditions will not be considered a waiver of those rights. If any provision of these Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable by a court, the remaining provisions of these Terms & Conditions will remain in effect. These Terms & Conditions constitute the entire agreement between Organisers regarding the Programme and supersede any prior agreements Organisers might have between Organisers regarding the Programme.
These Terms & Conditions and the documents integrated by reference express the entire agreement between you and Organisers relative to your use of the Learning Platform.
Organisers reserve the right, at Organisers’ sole discretion, to modify or replace these Terms & Conditions at any time. If a revision is material, Organisers will try to provide at least 30 days’ notice prior to any new terms taking effect.
It is your sole responsibility to periodically check these Terms & Conditions for any changes. If you do not agree with any of the changes to these Terms, it is your sole responsibility to stop using the Learning Platform or participating in the Programme. Your continued use of the Learning Platform or participation in the Programme will be deemed as your acceptance thereof.
4.12 Contact Us
If you have any questions about these Terms, please contact Organisers at [email protected]