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EUR 6,500 cash prize for the winner and additional EUR 1,000 for 1st runner-up and EUR 500 for 2nd runner-up
to an international network of cooperation partners, customers and investors
to exchange with experts from science and business and receive valuable mentoring
The winner will benefit from a free trip to the Awards Ceremony 2020 (max. budget EUR 1,000)
Description of the 2020 Organiser
Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) is the national funding institution for applied research and development. As a “one-stop shop”, it offers a wide range of services for companies, research institutions and researchers. FFG’s Aeronautics and Space Agency connects these entities with the European and international space world. It implements Austria’s space policy and represents the country on international space committees, including ESA boards. The Austrian Space Applications Programme (ASAP) funds research into space science, technology, and applications. Finally, as the central interface between Austrian interests and European programmes, FFG’s Copernicus contact point supports Austria’s competencies in the field of satellite Earth observation and interacts with the Copernicus community.
Description of the 2020 Partners
Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology
The Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) provides a general framework for infrastructure from rail to road, water and air to telecommunications and technology development in Austria. Austrian space activities like ESA, EUMETSAT, EU and the national space programme ASAP are under the jurisdiction of the bmvit and are implemented by the Aeronautics and Space Agency of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency, FFG.
Science Park Graz
Science Park Graz is the reference business incubator of the Austrian AplusB startup network. It is also the manager of the ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Austria. Since 2002, Science Park Graz has been the driving force for the development of successful startups from the academic world. Science Park Graz is furthermore a key partner for 200 startups and entrepreneurial projects in Graz, Styria and beyond, providing coaching, access to business and technical networks, funding and office accommodation.
ESA Business Incubation Center (BIC) Austria
The ESA BIC Austria is the place for entrepreneurs from research centres, universities, space and non-space business seeking to realise their innovative ideas and transfer technologies from space (e.g. navigation, telecommunications, satellite data) to other areas of the economy (e.g. logistics, health, tourism, environment, energy). ESA BIC Austria provides innovative business ventures with a EUR 50,000 grant for prototyping and IPR, business and technical support as well as full immersion into the ESA BIC network of more than 700 space-related startups.
Copernicus Prizes powered by EC
European Commission (EC)
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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