BECOME A COPERNICUS MASTERS CHALLENGE OR COPERNICUS PRIZE PARTNER!
The Copernicus Masters has been scouting for the most forward-thinking applications based on Earth observation since 2011.
Seize the opportunity and become a member of our international innovation ecosystem: Become a Challenge Partner or a Copernicus Prize Partner to the Copernicus Masters innovation competition!
Receive extensive promotion within the international Earth observation community
Innovative submissions addressing the topic of your choice
Develop an open innovation programme with your Challenge winners
Network with the most relevant European Earth observation stakeholders
Positioning amongst a leading international network of innovation and expertise
Foster visionary solutions within your region
Copernicus Masters Challenge Partner
As a Challenge Partner, you will implement your own challenge addressing a specific topic towards the participants of the competition. You will be able to discover innovations from all over the world that are adapted to your Challenge request. Award a prize for your own topic-specific challenge and achieve various benefits.
Are you interested in becoming a Challenge Partner? Just get in touch with us at email@example.com and Ms Daniela Dobreva-Nielsen will contact you as soon as possible.
Copernicus Prize Partner
Discover the most innovative solutions in your region by launching a Copernicus Prize. As a Copernicus Prize Partner you do not offer a specific challenge but instead attractive and tempting prizes co-funded by the European Commission (EC). All of the participants in the Copernicus Masters have to choose one Copernicus Prize that best supports their individual business case. This offers you the possibility to attract the most pioneering entrepreneurs for your region by offering, for instance, a cash prize, marketing activities, a mentoring or coaching programme and any other kind of support you can provide.
For further information on the Copernicus Prizes, please visit regions.galileo-copernicus.com
COPERNICUS MASTERS CHALLENGE PARTNERS 2019
With their outstanding technological expertise and know-how, our partners represent the backbone of the Copernicus Masters. The close cooperation with institutional, industrial and regional partners promotes the development of high-tech products and services for Europe on the global scale. Discover the 2019 Copernicus Masters Challenge Partners now
- Initiating PartnersEuropean Space Agency (ESA)
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space! Read on learn more about our founding partner...
ESA’s mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. To contribute to the success of Copernicus ESA is exploiting its 35 years of expertise in space programme development and management. While the Copernicus programme is politically led by the European Union (EU), ESA is the overall coordinator of the Copernicus Space Component and will, inter alia, ensure the uninterrupted delivery of data from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites and from an important number of Copernicus Contributing Missions at national, European and international level. Following the launch of Sentinel-1A on 4 April 2014 the Copernicus programme has entered its operational phase, serving users with an ever increasing mix of satellite imagery and other data. www.esa.int
- -European Commission
The European Commission is one of the main institutions of the European Union. Read on to learn more about one of our initiating partners...
The European Commission proposes and implements the policies, laws, and treaties of the European Union. In particular, the European Commission manages several Space Programmes, including Galileo, the constellation of GNSS satellites, and Copernicus, which provides full free and open access to Earth observation data and services for environment and security. Copernicus has a variety of applications, including maritime rescue, disaster management and sustainable agriculture. www.copernicus.eu
- -German Aerospace Center (DLR)
The Earth Observation Center (EOC) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) comprises the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) and the Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF). Read on to learn more about one of our initiating partners...
The DLR’s Earth Observation Center works in all fields related to the development of algorithms and data analysis systems, as well as in the practical implementation of Earth observation applications and services – from satellite data reception and near-real-time services to disaster monitoring and environmental mapping. As such, the EOC is involved in many aspects of Copernicus’ design, implementation, and operations. In determining the focal points of its research, DLR is to a large extent guided by the demand for innovative products and services developed in close cooperation with industry entities. It also invests in promising technologies and offers its research and development capacities to partners for their own use. www.dlr.de
CGI is a global end-to-end IT and business process services leader in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Australia. Read on to learn more about one of our industrial partners...
CGI works for Government and commercial clients and has a large Space business, with over 40 years’ experience of delivering complex, secure, mission-critical space systems. CGI delivers ground systems, exploitation platforms and space-enabled applications for clients such as the European Space Agency, the European Commission and for international organisations such as EUMETSAT and European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. The company is focused on applying satellite Earth observations to help organisations meet their business challenges by developing operational, sustainable space-enabled services. Their global footprint, access to markets, strong IT and space skills, make a powerful combination for building international partnerships and business relationships. www.cgi-group.co.uk
Founded in 2010 by a team of ex-NASA scientists, Planet is driven by a mission to image the entire Earth every day, and make Earth's changes visible, accessible and actionable. Read on to learn more about one of our new partners in 2018...
Planet started as a small team of physicists, aerospace and mechanical engineers in a garage, using the cubesat form-factor to inform the first designs of the Dove satellite. Just three years after their first satellite entered space, Planet now operates the largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites…ever. Their satellites are collecting a radical new data set with endless, real-world applications. Whether one is measuring agricultural yields, monitoring natural resources, or aiding first responders after natural disasters, Planet’s data is here to lend businesses and humanitarian organisations a helping hand. Planet believes timely, global imagery will empower informed, deliberate and meaningful stewardship of our planet. www.planet.com
BayWa is a group with worldwide operations in the core competencies of trading, logistics and supplementary services in its three operating segments Agriculture, Energy and Building Materials and the Innovation & Digitalisation development segment. Read on to learn more about one of our new partners in 2018...
The head office of the parent company, which was founded in 1923, is located in Munich. The international activities focus on Europe as well as on the US and New Zealand. By creating its own development segment called Innovation & Digitalisation, BayWa is not only taking account of the momentum in this field, but also underscoring the strategic importance of digitalisation for the entire company. Digital activities are pooled in the Innovation & Digitalisation Segment, which is also where progress is made on further developments. The focus is currently on projects being carried out in the fields of smart farming and e-business. Digital Farming is geared towards the development and marketing of digital solutions for agriculture. Such solutions are opening up entirely new opportunities for the agricultural sector. Together with the subsidiary FarmFacts and its high degree of acceptance and experience as a systems service provider, BayWa can already offer a wide range of innovative services today. When it comes to e-business, the objective is to create an overarching, BayWa-wide platform for customers under BayWa Online World and to optimise online shopping. www.baywa.com/en/
Astrosat is a private sector, commercial, satellite applications company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Read on to learn more about one of our industrial partners...
Astrosat’s clients are spread internationally from South East Asia to Central America and consume products as diverse as deforestation monitoring to energy efficiency in the urban environment as well as disaster response management.
- -Airbus & sobloo
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of EUR 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000...
sobloo platform provides a broad access to Copernicus data, as well as complementary data collections, ranging from Earth Observation commercial imagery to Mobile and IoT databases....
Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners and is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide. The Intelligence Programme Line within Airbus is the supplier of choice for commercial satellite imagery, C2ISR systems and related services. The company has unrivalled expertise in satellite imagery acquisition, data processing, fusion, dissemination and intelligence extraction allied to significant command and control capabilities. Based upon exclusive commercial access to Pléiades, SPOT, TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X satellites, combined with broad applications experience, Intelligence delivers an extensive portfolio spanning the entire geo-information value chain. www.intelligence-airbusds.com sobloo stems from an EU initiative (the Data and Information Access Services – DIAS) to provide open access to near-real-time data, models and forecasts, so as to foster innovation and create a European Earth Observation data ecosystem enabling both research and business uptake. sobloo platform provides a broad access to Copernicus data, as well as complementary data collections, ranging from Earth Observation commercial imagery to Mobile and IoT databases. Going beyond the data, sobloo offers cloud resources and a suite of tools including APIs and services not only to process data but also to create high-level thematic services which can be distributed on sobloo itself. Supporting creative grounds, sobloo also leverages the expertise of its consortium partners (Airbus, Orange, Capgemini, CLS and VITO) to provide professional services at different steps of the value chain, ranging from business support or development of algorithms to the setup of billing as a service. sobloo is uniquely positioned to contribute to the development of your business/project. sobloo.eu
- -German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI)
Together with its executive agencies, the BMVI addresses issues related to transport and mobility, digital matters and spatial development in Germany. Find out more about one of our important partners set to join us again this year...
The BMVI is responsible for the German participation in the Copernicus programme design along with the European Commission and other European players. It consolidates national interests and coordinates national accompanying measures. The BMVI issues thier Challenge with support from the DLR Space Administration. www.bmvi.de
REGIONAL ASSOCIATES 2019
In 2019, the Copernicus Masters was supported by our network of Regional Associates. Each associate was tasked with sharing information about the competition to their local networks. Participants from all over the world had a chance to win. Meet the regional associates below:
- ESA BIC Bavaria
ESA BIC Bavaria promotes pioneering companies with disruptive products and digital businesses in areas like robotics, mobile, mobility, automotive, aviation, and satellites...
At its three Bavarian locations, Oberpfaffenhofen, Ottobrunn and Nuremberg, startups highly benefit from the direct access to space technologies, expert advice and technical facilities. The incubation programme provides a comprehensive support programme, from financing to research and development, all the way through to market entry. ESA BIC Bavaria is part of a Europe-wide network with numerous ESA BICs.
NewSpaceVision is a Berlin based entrepreneur and startup network...
NewSpaceVision acts as the starting point for aspiring entrepreneurs and skillful engineers from all kinds of fields to find contact points to existing companies or find colleagues, inspirations and resources to start their own venture.
Established in 2000, JeoDijital is a Turkish space/EO SME based in Ankara dealing primarily with scientific and professional earth observation, satellite imagery based applications and solutions.
JeoDijital specializes in a unique range of expertise, ranging from EO satellite imagery provision, imagery analytics, value added processing and software distribution to the provision of turn-key technical assistance projects, training, capacity building, implementation support and consultancy services.
- Tartu Science Park
Tartu Science Park is the oldest science park in the Baltic...
For 25 years Tartu Science Park (TSP) has provided business support services to raise the competitiveness of local enterprises on the global market. TSP provides enterprises with infrastructure, business consulting, technology transfer and networking services. It has a wide network of contacts with universities, public and private sector organizations and has a close cooperation with the University of Tartu and Tartu Observatory.
- European Space Imaging
Based in Munich, Germany and established in 2002, European Space Imaging is the leading premium supplier of global very high resolution (VHR) satellite imagery and derived services to customers in Europe, North Africa and CIS countries...
With over 16 years’ experience, European Space Imaging is the only European satellite data provider to supply imagery at true 30 cm resolution and who own and operate its own multi-mission ground station for direct satellite tasking and local data downlink.
- Space Latam
Space Latam develops space entrepreneurs in Latin America...
- The Austria Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
The Austria Research Promotion Agency (FFG) is the national funding agency for industrial research and development in Austria...
As a “one-stop shop” offering a diversified and targeted programme portfolio, the FFG gives Austrian businesses and research facilities quick and uncomplicated access to research funding. Within FFG, the Aeronautics and Space Agency (ALR) implements the Austrian space policy and represents Austria in European and international space-related committees (e.g. ESA boards or EU Committees). FFG/ALR has the function as Austrian Copernicus relay.
P.L.A.N. is an international consulting group focusing on capacity-building in Space and Tech activities...
Since 1997, P.L.A.N. is delivering major projects and also top-notch consultancy including but not limited to Earth Observation, Space Applications, Space Programs, Environment, Aviation, Meteorology, Security, Natural Risks Management sectors in EMEA. Their references include: Space Agencies, Meteorology Agencies, institutional and government entities, Fortune500 industries, mid-sized companies, research centers and startups.
- Aerospace Valley
cesah, the centre for satellite navigation Hesse, is a competence centre for the application of space technologies in Darmstadt. Supported by public and private shareholders, cesah manages the ESA BIC Hessen & Baden-Württemberg and helps entrepreneurs with the technical development and realisation of new products. Besides, cesah is official „Technology Broker“ for Germany commissioned by ESA. Furthermore, cesah organizes events and runs the Astropreneurs program, which is part of Horizon 2020.
The ESA Business Incubation Center (BIC) Darmstadt is managed by cesah and is located in close vicinity to the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC). The centre supports the development of business ideas and start-up companies in satellite navigation.
Acting collectively to bridge space and society
Eurisy is a non-proﬁt association of space agencies and other research organisations from across Europe. They start, stimulate and support collaboration between public institutions, SMEs, industry and academia from the space and non-space sectors. In doing so, Eurisy aims to advance the diffusion of space-derived innovation across society. The result beneﬁts society, the economy, and the environment. What makes Eurisy unique is the constant push to go beyond the beaten tracks of space outreach. They build relationships with communities new to space. Eurisy speaks their language by encouraging early adopters to share experience with their peers.
- The Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic
The Czech Ministry of Transport is a state administration central body acting in the matters of transport.
It is accountable for the creation of national transport policy and also for its implementation within the scope of its competence. The Ministry of Transport has a governmental competency concerning the participation of the Czech Republic in the European satellite navigation programme Galileo and it plays the role of the national coordinator in the field of satellite navigation development. It is also responsible for coordination of space activities in The Czech Republic in general; it is responsible for Czech membership in European Space Agency (ESA), EU space policy and partnership with the European GNSS Agency (GSA).
- Technical University of Crete
The Technical University of Crete (TUC) is a dynamic engineering university with a clear mission to expand knowledge, pursue excellence and benefit society through research integrated with education
SenseLab Research is a distinguished interdisciplinary laboratory in Space informatics, developing novel solutions for Unmanned Aerial Systems, Earth Observation and GIS.
- Space in Africa
Space in Africa is the Authority on News, Data and Market Analysis for the African Space Industry.
Space in Africa has reporters stationed in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Rwanda, and Tanzania who travel around the continent to provide news, analysis, and data on all aspects of the market. https://africanews.space/copernicus-masters-competition-for-eo-solutions
- Netherlands Space Office (NSO)
The Netherlands Space Office (NSO) was established by the Dutch government to develop and implement its country's long-term space programme.
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.
NewMap is a young company (based in Wroclaw, Poland) - an outcome of Space3ac business accelerator, specializing in EO (data discovery, analysis and processing), GIS, Semantic Web technology. Despite the short history the company has on board vast experience in geospatial/satellite data processing and is currently involved in more than 10 projects within the related areas.
These activities are monitored and supported by parent companies – Creotech Instruments S.A. and WIZIPISI (Wroclaw Institute of Spatial Information and Artificial Intelligence) – both are members of CREODIAS consortium.
The company is a center of EO and Project Management excellence and an important element of CREODIAS Front Office services and tools support.
The company takes part in Copernicus Relays program activities in Poland (workshops and presentations support). One of the most important current activities is the implementation and delivery of commercial EO-VLab service, allowing for efficient practical use of EO data and end-user services creation for educational and business purposes. Other present activities are focused on UAV (drones) use for high resolution data gathering in different dimensions. NewMap also colaborates with Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences and Wroclaw University of Science and Technology.
Set your own Challenge as a Copernicus Masters Partner
Become a Copernicus Masters Partner and discover innovative solutions from all over the world. As a Copernicus Masters Challenge Partners you have the opportunity to create your own Challenge that tasks participants with tackling a topic of your choice. By setting a Challenge, you gain exclusive access to a unique set of innovative solutions that use partner technologies and address specific business needs.
By awarding your own topic-specific Challenge within the Copernicus Masters, you benefit on three levels:
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Join the Network as a Copernicus Prize Partner
Copernicus Prize Partner are an integral part of our Earth observation network. They are our local connection in countries all around the world and ensure that participants from all corners of the globe have access to the fantastic opportunities offered by Copernicus Masters.
Join the Copernicus Masters as a Copernicus Prize Partner and benefit from the following:
We are constantly expanding our network of Regional Associates, contact us today.
We look forward to discussing your next business opportunity with the Copernicus Masters Network.