Copernicus Prize The Netherlands

Rewards 2021

Cash Prize

The winner of the competition benefits of EUR 1,000 cash prize

Pre-Incubation Package

Business, marketing and IP support by experts to build your business worth EUR 6,500, also for the runner-up

Free Office Space

The winner will receive a free office space for 3 months at SBIC Noordwijk

Free Subscription

1-year free subscription to the magazine “Ruimtevaart”from the Dutch space industry

Incubation Program

The winner is eligible to join the local ESA business incubation programme, containing EUR 50,000 incentive funding from ESA and NSO

Space Awards

Win the competition and benefit from a free trip to the Copernicus Masters Awards Ceremony 2021

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


European Space Agency’s (ESA) technical testing and knowledge centre, ESTEC, is located in Noordwijk as well as the ESA Business Innovation Centre (BIC), which inspires and supports startups using space technology for down-to-earth applications


A key player in space technology with demand for its knowledge and expertise in Europe and the rest of the world

Extensive network

The Netherlands has an extensive space startup network in Noordwijk


Space Business Innovation Centre (SBIC) Noordwijk

Martijn Leinweber
Community Manager ESA BIC Noordwijk
+31 71 2020 307

The 2021 Organiser

Space Business Innovation Centre (SBIC) Noordwijk
SBIC Noordwijk supports space-based startups in any way possible, for every stage of the entrepreneurial journey. We organise workshops, hackathons, competitions, and incubation programmes, and offer business and financial support.

SBIC space business innovation centre Noordwijk

The Netherlands Space Office (NSO)
In addition to serving as the Dutch space industry’s representative in international space organisations like ESA and NASA, NSO forms the central point of contact for the space community within the Netherlands. Moreover, NSO also seeks to educate the general public – and specifically students and teachers – about space (science, applications, and exploration) in an open and innovative manner. Finally, NSO invests in programmes that foster the commercial market for applications based on the utilisation of space data.

The 2021 Partners

ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Noordwijk
ESA BIC Noordwijk is the oldest business incubation centre of ESA’s pan-European network, and is part of ESA Space Solutions. In two years, entrepreneurs in the programme will build their space-based business and bring it to market. It has a unique location near ESTEC, the research and development facility of the European Space Agency. ESA BIC Noordwijk is managed by the Space Business Innovation Centre Noordwijk (SBIC Noordwijk).

Netherlands Space Society (NVR)
The Netherlands Space Society (NVR) is a vibrant and modern community that connects space professionals, future space professionals and enthusiasts, and promotes space in the Netherlands.

For more than 65 years, NVR has been an advocate and representative of the innovative Dutch space sector.

The Royal Dutch Touring Club ANWB serves the interests of its members in mobility, among others. By doing so, it contributes to a more sustainable society in the Netherlands.

Rabobank Bollenstreek
Rabobank is the local bank for the Bollenstreek economical area in the Netherlands.


Regular tax advice is included in all subscriptions, including at least 2 meetings a year, tailor-made year-end tax tips and an independent tax check for your annual accounts and/or tax returns. Zuits provides Innovative Tax Solutions That Fit!


HE Space
HE Space specialises in personnel recruitment with an exclusive focus on the space sector. It has concentrated its activities on supplying space experts to ESA, to EUMETSAT and to the European space industry.

Logo European UnionEuropean Commission (COM)
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.

Hall of Fame

Discover all previous winners of the Copernicus Masters!

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