Copernicus Blue Challenge

The Copernicus Blue Challenge is looking for brilliant ideas on how to use Copernicus data to tackle ocean and coastal needs and contribute to Europe’s Green and Digital Agendas.

The Challenge

Blue worlds cover over 2/3 of Earth surface bathing many regions and regulating climates on both a local and global scale. They are home to a great diversity of ecosystems and many human populations rely on them for their existence, but our oceans are now more vulnerable and threatened than ever. With this challenge, Portugal Space wants to promote innovative and business-oriented ideas for ocean and coastal areas that tackle global problems by making the best possible use of Copernicus data.

In particular, Portugal Space welcomes solutions that also integrate EGNSS or Satcoms and the use of very high-resolution imagery into their business plans.

For this Portugal Space is partnering with Indico Capital, IPMA, the AIR Centre and Instituto Pedro Nunes.

Rewards 2022

Cash Prize
EUR 10.000 cash prize for the development of your winning idea in Portugal.
Conference Pitch
Invitation to pitch at the All Atlantic and New Space Atlantic Summits in 2023 (including expenses for one and two people respectively).
Pre-Incubation Programme
IPN will offer Direct Access to its pre-incubation programme.
ESA BIC Portugal Invitation
Invitation to apply to ESA BIC Portugal (including related technical support). Funding is subject to application approval by TEB.
Space Awards Participation
Support to attend the Space Awards (including expenses for two people).

Additional Reward for the Overall Winner 2022

Cash Prize

EUR 10,000 if your concept gets selected as Copernicus Masters 2022 Overall Winner

Evaluation Criteria

Portugal Space is looking for innovative, business-oriented solutions that facilitate ocean and coastal applications and fully exploit Copernicus’ capabilities. Integration of EGNSS, satellite communications, and VHR imagery is especially welcome.

Space Assets

How relevant are Copernicus (required), EGNSS, satcoms, and VHR data to your solution?

Technical Merit

How innovative is your idea? Does it advance the current state of the art?

Business Plan

How profitable and scalable is your idea? Are end-users clearly identified and involved?

Team Composition

Does your team have the required technical, managerial, and business skills?

Green and Digital

How does your idea contribute to the European Green Deal and Digital Agenda?

About Portugal Space

Portugal Space, the Portuguese Space Agency, is an organisation that was created by the Portuguese government to implement the National Strategy for Space (Portugal Space 2030). The agency’s primary purpose is to promote and strengthen the country’s space sector – including the corresponding ecosystem and value chain – to the benefit of society and the economy in Portugal and the rest of the world by acting as a business and development unit for research entities and companies.
In addition to coordinating the country’s participation in ESA, ESO, EST, and the SKA Organization, Portugal Space is a national representative to the European Commission for matters related to space.

Supporting Partners

Indico Capital

Indico invests in tech and sustainable companies. Its tech funds target unique Web3, Software as a Service (SaaS), marketplaces, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), fintech, cybersecurity and digital companies. Investments in tech companies range, mostly, from Pre-Seed to Series A (from 100k to 10M euros), selectively backing companies at Series B and C as well.
Indico Capital has just launched the Blue Fund to invest in blue economy start-ups and SMEs.

Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera
The Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere, I. P. (IPMA, IP), is a public institution with the responsibilities, at national territory level, in the areas of the sea and atmosphere. Focusing its research efforts on projects that accrue to direct applications for use in operating activities, pursuing continuous improvement in the information made available to its users whether for commercial use or public service and in particular directed to the safeguard of people and property.

AIR Centre
The Atlantic International Research Centre (AIR Centre) is an international collaborative organization that promotes an integrative approach to space, climate, ocean and energy in the Atlantic. The AIR Centre is driven by and at the same time supports emerging technological innovations and advances in data science.

Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN)
Created in 1991 through a University of Coimbra initiative, Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN) is a private non-profit organisation which promotes innovation and the transfer of technology, establishing the connection between the scientific and technological environment and the production sector.
In the space sector, IPN is the coordinator of ESA Space Solutions Portugal and has a broad experience in initiatives related to entrepreneurship and innovation both at ESA and the European Commission levels.


Portugal Space

Joan Alabart
Industrial Relations and Projects Officer / Space Exploration, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
+351 912 059 965

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