Copernicus Prize Azores

Rewards 2021

Training for Early Stages and Space Start-ups

Three dedicated workshops: 1) Intellectual Property, 2) Finance & Investment for Start-ups, 3) Pitch for Investors

Value Creation Coaching

Coaching on value creation and business model development based upon the VCW methodology

Technical Support and Networking

Engineering services for technical issues or concepts for the development of ideas, as well as networking

Business Training

Scholarship covering half the tuition fees of the Space for Business programme at Nova SBE

Invitation to ESA BIC Portugal

Invitation to apply to ESA BIC Portugal in the Azores, including related technical support. The funding is subject to application approval from the TEB

Participation in Space Awards

Support to attend the Space Awards (covering the costs for two people)

Additional Reward for the Overall Winner 2021

Cash Prize

EUR 10,000 if your concept gets selected as Copernicus Masters 2021 Overall Winner


To participate in those, any applicant must be a natural or a legal person of an EU Member State or European Economic Area (EEA), European Neighbouring Countries (ENP), South/East countries or other countries with which the EU has space dialogues and cooperation: USA, Canada, Latin America, Africa, Gulf Cooperation Countries, Kazahstan, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand.

Prize Partners Benefits

Thriving Ecosystem

Portugal (and the Azores in particular) is the home of many innovative start-ups that are disrupting the market.

Excellent Place to Live

Living and working in the Azores – a green, dreamlike archipelago in the Atlantic – is a once in a lifetime experience.

Portugal Space and You

Portugal Space actively promotes the development of Portugal’s ecosystem of space-related start-ups by boosting entrepreneurship.

Ideal Partners

Learning from world-class institutions such as IPN, Nova SBE, the AIR Centre, and the VWC Lab will foster the development of your idea.


Portuguese Space Agency – Portugal Space

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

The 2021 Organiser

Portuguese Space Agency – Portugal Space

Portugal Space 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 – including the European Union Space Program and Horizon Europe – and has a seat on the board of the GSA (which is to become the EUSPA).

The 2021 Partners

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 in order to establish connections between scientific and technological environments and the production sector.

In the space sector, IPN is the coordinator of ESA Space Solutions Portugal and has wide-ranging experience in initiatives related to entrepreneurship and innovation at the level of both ESA and the European Commission.

Nova SBE
Boasting a history that dates back over 40 years, the Nova School of Business & Economics has become the top education brand in Portugal in the areas of business, economics, and finance. This is the result of its focus on a rigorous and demanding approach to teaching and research, its efforts to become more international, and its naturally bold and vanguardist culture.

Together with other European partners, Nova SBE is launching a Space for Business programme – the first of its kind in Europe – in 2021.

The Value Creation Wheel Lab at Nova SBE has worked with all types of organisations, ranging from start-ups and NGOs to large businesses and Fortune 500 companies. In 2020-21, it has also been the recipient of over EUR 1 million in EU funds for H2020 projects. In addition to various organisations, the VCW method has been used by a wide range of people from different continents to innovate and take decisions in overcoming their own their specific challenges.

AIR Centre
The Atlantic International Research Centre is an international collaborative organisation that promotes an integrative approach to space, climates, energy, and the ocean environment in the Atlantic. The AIR Centre is driven by emerging technological innovations and advances in data science and supports such efforts itself.

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All Copernicus Prizes are co-funded by the European Commission’s DG Defence, Industry and Space to foster the market uptake of EU Space data.

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