The European Space Agency ESA announced that the Copernicus Masters competition is now open again to accept submissions. Entrepreneurs can submit their ideas for services, business concepts and applications based on satellite Earth observation data.
In its fifth year, ESA and Germany’s Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen are organising this competition to aid entrepreneurs in bringing their innovations to the market. In addition to over €300 000 in cash prizes the winner gets support in bringing the winning idea to market, exclusive data access and the chance to enter the incubation programme of one of Europe’s 11 ESA Business Incubation Centres (BICs).
“Taking part in Copernicus Masters gave us the chance to make some key contacts and gather valuable feedback,” said John Smedegaard, a co-founder of Ceptu, which won the CloudEO Farming Challenge in 2014. “The whole process was a huge help in advancing our idea and developing it into a commercial product through our new start-up.”
Submissions for all Challenges will be accepted from 15 April to 13 July. For more information, also visit the Copernicus Masters website.