Space Awards

at European Space Week 2020

Join the Space Awards 2020 and the Space Pitches – THE highlights of Europe’s major space competitions for Galileo and Copernicus!

As a festive highlight of the European Space Week 2020, held under the auspices of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU, more than 50 prizes will be awarded to pioneering space entrepreneurs on Monday, 7 December and Tuesday, 8 December 2020. Experience outstanding innovation in Earth observation and satellite navigation live from anywhere on Earth!

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The Space Awards are the culmination of the annual competition year for the Galileo Masters and the Copernicus Masters. As the organiser of both competitions, AZO is bringing together leading institutions, forward-thinking industries, thriving start-ups, and award-winning entrepreneurs in Europe’s space community for the 17th time.

The top entrepreneurs tackling global challenges with Galileo and Copernicus will be honoured with awards by renowned speakers from the most relevant space stakeholders. Prizes will be presented by high-ranking representatives from the European Commission (EC), the European GNSS Agency (GSA), the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), Planet, BayWa AG, Airbus, and sobloo.

Why Join

Discover the top European entrepreneurs tackling global challenges with Galileo and Copernicus

Get inspired by renowned speakers from AZO’s competition partners

Be part of the festive highlight of the European Space Week 2020

Watch for the first time from everywhere on Earth!


Thierry Breton

Commissioner Internal Market, European Commission (EC)

Prof Dr Jan Wörner

Director General of European Space Agency (ESA)

Dr Josef Aschbacher

Director of Earth Observation Programmes, European Space Agency (ESA)

Thomas Jarzombek

Federal Government Coordinator of the German Aerospace Policy and Member of the German Bundestag

Rodrigo da Costa

Executive Director, European GNSS Agency (GSA)

Fiammetta Diani

Head of Market Development, European GNSS Agency (GSA)

Timo Pesonen

Director General, Directorate General for Defence Industry and Space European Commission (EC)

Christoph Kautz

Christoph Kautz

Head of Unit B2 Space Research, Innovation and Start-ups, DG DEFIS, European Commission (EC)

Dr Markus Söder

Minister-President of the Free State of Bavaria

Dr Rolf-Dieter Fischer, Director of Technology Marketing, German Aerospace Center (DLR

Dr Rolf-Dieter Fischer

Director of Technology Marketing, German Aerospace Centre (DLR)

Jean-Michel Darroy

Vice-President, Head of Strategic Partnerships Intelligence, Airbus Defence & Space

Agnieszka Lukaszczyk, Director of Policy – Europe, Planet

Dr Agnieszka Lukaszczyk

Senior Director - European Affairs, Planet

Jörg Migende, Head of Agricultural Distribution & Head of Digital Farming, BayWa

Jörg Migende

Head of Agricultural Distribution & Head of Digital Farming, BayWa AG

European Satellite Navigation Competition und Copernicus Masters Award 2014 / Berlin

Thorsten Rudolph

Managing Director, AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH

Gunter Schreier, Deputy Director German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Gunter Schreier

Deputy Director German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Dr Tobias Miethaner

Head of Digital Society, German Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI)

Frank Salzgeber

Head of the Innovation and Ventures Office, European Space Agency (ESA)

Prof Dr Heiko Seif

Professor for International Management, Vice Dean for Research
Academic Director DBA; Munich Business School

Martina Sindelar

Policy Officer European Commission (EC)

Ugo Celestino

Policy Officer European Commission (EC)

Prof Dr Xiaoxiang Zhu

Head of Department EO Data Science at the Remote Sensing Technology Institute, German Aerospace Centre & Professor at TU Munich

Experts Space Pitches

Martina Sindelar

Policy Officer European Commission (EC)

Uli Fricke

CEO FunderNation

Candace Johnson

President at Johnson Paradigm Ventures

Your Hosts

Ines Kühnert

Head of Galileo & Copernicus Competitions, AZO

Kathrin Lenvain

Business Development, AZO

Picture of Thierry Breton © European Union 2019, EC – Audiovisual Service, Photo: Jennifer Jacquemart


In the frame of the European Space Week, two major events will take place: the Space Pitches and the festive Space Awards.

First, we will present our rising stars on 7 December (16:00) – all the national Galileo and Copernicus prize winners – in the Space Pitches. Following the success of our effort to go national with Copernicus Masters this year, this brand-new event will give the floor to the 2020’s best innovators. You will have the exclusive opportunity to meet this year’s national winners and watch them introduce their ideas.

On 8 December, the Space Awards will be awarded for the 17th time. High-ranking speakers from the world-class competition partners of the Galileo Masters and Copernicus Masters will honour the most visionary ideas in a special premiere: For the first time in the history of the competitions, the Awards will be held online – for everyone around the globe to join us in celebrating the winners.

Both events will take place as part of European Space Week 2020 – Europe’s biggest event in the space sector. To foster a discussion of the future of space applications and innovation, the event will bring together the space community, non-space innovators, entrepreneurs, and the digital community. European Space Week 2020 is being organised by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) under the auspices of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU, in partnership with the European Commission.

More information will follow soon. To stay updated about the December space highlights pre-register now!



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AZO’s space events 2020 will take place on 7 and 8 December 2020.

7 December
16:00 Start
of Space Pitches
Pitches of the Galileo and Copernicus prize winners for 2020

8 December
18:00 Start
of Space Awards
Announcement of the 2020 winners

Please note that all the events of EU Space Week 2020 will take place online.


organised by

an event of

Galileo Masters

with the support of
Galileo Masters Challenge Partners

Copernicus Masters

upon the initiative of

Copernicus Masters Challenge Partners

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