TechTheMoon is the world’s first lunar incubator. It offers entrepreneurs the chance to create and develop innovative solutions, technologies, products and services to address the challenges associated with long-term, sustainable human settlement on the Moon.

As pioneers of the lunar economy, they are therefore paving the way for a new Earth-Moon commercial ecosystem with high added value.

Supported by CNES and NUBBO, the selected startups will be able to grow in an environment conducive to collective innovation and cross-fertilization. All the elements are already in place to facilitate their interactions with the world of research and industry.

Thomas Fouquet

CNES Innovation, Applications and Science Directorate

After working for the Alternative and Atomic Energies Agency (CEA) and spending over ten years in the US as an entrepreneur and angel investor in the biotech, deeptech and digital sectors, Thomas joined CNES in 2017 as Advisor to the Director in charge of innovation, applications and science, with the mission to boost agile and collaborative innovation to foster interactions with the French NewSpace startup ecosystem. In particular, he is in charge of the “Moonshot Institute”- an Institute 100% dedicated to education, innovation, research and commercialization for and to the Moon in which is integrated TechTheMoon. 

Jean-Claude Benech

Regional Affairs – Toulouse Space Centre Directorate

Driven by a taste for teamwork and projects, Jean-Claude has held a number of positions at CNES, often in European or international settings. He has managed teams in complex environments such as telecommunications, Earth observation, the Hermes spaceplane, asset management and Ariane 5 insurance for ESA, and coordinated expertise for the defence of French interests. Since 2013, he has been in charge of regional affairs at the Toulouse Space Centre, working closely with the ecosystem of Occitanie and other French and European regions. He is an auditor at the Institute of Advanced Studies in National Defence (IHEDN).

Anne-Laure Charbonnier

Director of NUBBO

After 20 years in local government, including 10 years in the Economic Action and Research Department of the Midi-Pyrénées Region, Anne-Laure Charbonnier joined the Midi-Pyrénées Incubator in 2012, which became NUBBO in 2018. She is Director of NUBBO and provides the startups supported by NUBBO with particular assistance on issues of funding and public aid.

In addition to the TechTheMoon team, Connect by CNES, Nubbo and SpaceShip France are key partners in the programme


The entire NUBBO team also works actively to support TechTheMoon startups through their expert skills in business models, business development, marketing/communication, financing and fund-raising.
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Connect by Cnes

CNES expertise for space startups, throughout the R&D pipeline.From creative thinking through to promotion, and including technical expertise, access to patents, software and space data, Connect by CNES makes CNES’s know-how and technical resources available to startups, and helps them identify their needs.
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Spaceship France

SpaceShip France is gathering all the necessary skills to prepare for long-term habitation, first on the Moon and then on Mars, by bringing together professionals from a wide range of economic sectors, companies, schools, universities and the general public around the human exploration of the solar system. Dedicated premises will be set up on CNES’s Toulouse SpaceCentre site.
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