Copernicus Masters Partners 2020

With their outstanding technological expertise and know-how, our partners represent the backbone and the ecosystem 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-tech products and services on a global scale.

Copernicus Masters Challenge Partners

This year’s Copernicus Masters Challenge Partners offer a diverse range of topic-specific challenges. Each Partner Challenge focuses on the use of EO data to tackle global challenges such as COVID-19, agriculture, climate change, and disaster management 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 the 2020 Copernicus Masters Challenge Partners now:

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 European Commission is supporting startups under the two space programmes Copernicus (Earth observation) and Galileo (Navigation), and through a number of initiatives to stimulate the development of innovative products or solutions based on EU space data. This year’s EC Challenges are set up by the new Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space.
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


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.

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.

The sobloo platform provides 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 that can be distributed on sobloo itself.

Supporting creative grounds, sobloo also leverages the expertise of its consortium partners (Airbus, Orange, 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.

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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.
This challenge has been issued by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) with support from the DLR Space Administration. Together with its executive agencies, the BMVI addresses issues related to transport and mobility, digital matters and spatial development in Germany. The BMVI 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 Administration 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 Administration shapes and monitors the space topic within the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

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. 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 six years after its first satellite entered space, Planet now operates the largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites ever. Its 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.


Copernicus Prizes powered by the European Commission (EC)

Double your chances of winning with the brand-new Copernicus Prizes powered by EC! They enrich the Copernicus Masters with 13 additional rewards. With a specific country and/or local involvement, you are able to benefit from many innovation advantages and the support of your preferred country, region or institution

Check out the 2020 Copernicus Prize Partners below:




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The Netherlands

Copernicus Masters Regional Associates

The Copernicus Masters has been supported by a global network of Regional Associates since 2018. As an integral part of the broader Copernicus Masters ecosystem, each Regional Associate supports the promotion of the innovation competition in their respective region.

Meet the 2020 Regional Associates below:



















Slovak Republic


South Africa

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United Kingdom

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!

Your benefits:

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

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:

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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 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.

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). 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

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

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Network with the most relevant European EO Stakeholders

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Receive substantial promotion within the international EO community and get co-funded by EC

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Positioning amongst a leading international network of innovation and expertise

We are constantly expanding our network of Regional Associates, contact us today.

Contact us!

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

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