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Copernicus Masters Partners

With their outstanding technological expertise and know-how, our partners represent the backbone of the Copernicus Masters. The close cooperation with institutional and industrial challenge partners as well as regional and country prize partners promotes the international development of high-end solutions on a global scale.

Copernicus Masters Challenge Partners 2022

Each Partner Challenge focuses on the use of EO data to tackle global challenges such as agriculture, climate change and disaster management, transport and infrastructure, maritime, as well as issues in the fields of machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Big Data Analytics – to name just a few.

Discover our Challenge Partners 2022.

Initiating Partners

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its 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.
European Space Agency (ESA)
The Earth Observation Center (EOC) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) 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’s design, implementation, and operations. In determining the focal points of its research, DLR is largely 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.
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt / German Aerospace Center


UP42 is changing the way geospatial data is accessed and analysed. The platform and marketplace bring together multiple sources of data such as satellite imagery, weather data, and more—along with algorithms to identify objects, detect change, and find patterns. Industry leaders use UP42 to inform business decisions and build scalable customer solutions. Know when and where to fertilise crops. Measure air quality and map emissions. Count cars, trucks, planes, and ships. Developers and data scientists across all industries now have access to a platform to build, run, and scale projects all in one place.

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017, it generated revenues of EUR 59 billion restated for IFRS 15 and employed a workforce of around 129,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. 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 and PAZ satellites, DMC Constellation and third-party satellites (TripleSat constellation, KazEOSat) combined with broad applications experience, Intelligence delivers an extensive portfolio spanning the entire geo-information value chain.

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. 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. As a shareholder of Vista GmbH, BayWa offers attractive satellite and model-based solutions for agricultural purposes. 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. The head office of the parent company, which was founded in 1923, is located in Munich. Its international activities focus on Europe as well as on the US and New Zealand.

The BMDV is responsible for 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.

Acting on behalf of the Federal Government, DLR Space Agency designs and implements Germany’s Space Programme, which integrates all German space activities on the national and European level. These activities include Germany’s national Space Programme and Germany’s contributions to the European Space Agency (ESA) as well as the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). In addition, the DLR Space Agency shapes and monitors the Space topic within the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

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.

Regional Prizes 2022

The Regional Prizes enrich the Copernicus Masters with further rewards and permit widening the offered support across Europe and Japan. With the specific country and/or regional involvement, participants can benefit from the support of their preferred country or region.

Check out the Regional Prize Partners 2022 below:

Copernicus Masters Regional Associates

The Copernicus Masters has been supported by a global network of Regional Associates since 2018. They serve as communication ambassadors for the competition, spreading the word across geographies and bringing the flavor of the biggest innovation network for Earth Observation to their local networks.

Meet the 2022 Regional Associates below:










Become a 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 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. By setting a Challenge with a topic of your choice, 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:

  • Innovation
  • Promotion
  • Networking

Are you interested in becoming a Challenge Partner? Just get in touch with us at and Ms Daniela Dobreva-Nielsen will contact you as soon as possible.

Become a Regional Prize Partner

Regional Prize Partners 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.

Discover the most innovative solutions in your region by launching a Regional Prize. As a Regional Prize Partner, you do not offer a specific challenge but attractive and tempting prizes. This provides you with the opportunity to attract 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 Regional Prizes, please contact

Join the Copernicus Masters as a Regional Prize Partner and benefit from:

  • Expand your local innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem through access to new innovations
  • Global network with the most relevant European EO Stakeholders
  • Receive substantial promotion within the international EO community

Become a Copernicus Master Regional Associate

Copernicus Masters Regional Associates support the competition promoting its benefits worldwide to potential participants without organizing their own challenge or offering a prize. They get access to the competition and are listed as partners in the competitions marketing material.

Contact us today, if you are interested.

Contact us!

Just get in touch with us! We are happy to help you to position your individual business opportunity within the EO ecosystem.

Daniela Dobreva-Nielsen, AZO

Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO)

Daniela Dobreva-Nielsen
Business Development
+49 8153 29800-18

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