Finnish astronaut program tops 2M euros from crowdfunding

Cohu Entertainment’s Space Nation Astronaut Program app has raised 2.2 million euros in just two days.

Cohu is building a mobile game to train players think like astronauts, with the best player winning a trip to space.

"We have always aimed high. When the first winner flies to space we can say we are probably the only Finnish company who can call our galaxy its home market,” co-founder Kalle Vähä-Jaakkola said in a statement.

Cohu aims to raise up to 4.9 million euros on around.fi. If successful, Cohu Entertainment will get another 3 million from Finnish Innovation Fund Tekes. Before the crowdfunding the company raised initial 1.7 million from investors in Finland, Estonia, Germany and the US.

Astronaut Program

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield in his “An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth” wrote “You need to learn to think like an astronaut.” Backed by Peter Vesterbacka (ex. Rovio), Michael Suffredini (ex. NASA) and John Barbera (ex. Turner Broadcasting) among others, Cohu Entertainment is on a mission to help the coming generations think and train like astronauts. They are building a mobile app, where anyone can test their astronaut skills through a range of physical, psychological and team-building exercises. The top 100 mobile players will be assessed by real astronaut trainers, and invited to a two-week astronaut training boot camp in early 2018. Then 12 selected players will appear in an interactive filmed series, where app players can participate through the game play, and finally one lucky winner will be sent to space.