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Copernicus Prize Hesse / Germany

Rewards 2020

EUR 3,750 Cash Prize

Granted with EUR 1,500 from Hessen Trade and Invest/Digitales Hessen and with EUR 2,250 from the European Union plus broad support to help set up a candidature for ESA Business Incubation

Business Consulting

cesah will provide the winner with business consulting and further expert guidance


Publication of the winning idea by cesah in dedicated marketing activities through its various communication channels

Funding & Expertise

Access to public funding or venture capital if needed. Through the involvement of the ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) in Darmstadt, located near to the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), the winner will be able to benefit from the technical expertise of the extensive ESA-related network for EO applications, remote sensing and business development

Extra EUR 10,000 Cash Prize if your concept gets selected as Copernicus Masters 2020 Overall Winner
Additional Prize

Copernicus Prize Partner Benefits

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Traffic junction

Located in the centre of Europe, the region can provide a brilliant infrastructure with various traffic hubs for air (Frankfurt Airport) road, rail and Internet


Hesse is heavily involved in new media technologies and is strong in logistics, IT, automotive, biomedical, optical and production technologies. In addition, international organisations such as the European Space Operations Centre ESA/ESOC and EUMETSAT are located in Darmstadt


With its high density of innovative IT companies and its unique infrastructure (the central data transfer hub DE-CIX located in Frankfurt, which carries over 90% of the German and more than 35% of the European Internet traffic), Hesse provides high potential for the development of EO-based applications, services and products

Space Background

A highly experienced team supports the development of business ideas and startups in EO and space applications


Centre for Satellite Navigation Hesse (cesah)

Donata Pedrazzani

Main area of expertise: Entrepreneurship, Earth observation

+49 6151 392 156 14


Description of the 2020 Organiser

Centre for Satellite Navigation Hesse (cesah)
cesah, the Centre for Satellite Navigation Hesse, is a competence centre for the application of space technologies such as Earth observation (EO) in Darmstadt. Supported by public and private shareholders, cesah manages the ESA BIC Hesse & Baden-Württemberg and helps entrepreneurs with the technical improvement and realisation of new products. In addition, cesah is the official ‘Technology Broker’ for Germany commissioned by the European Space Agency (ESA). cesah also organises events and runs several EU programmes, one of which is part of Horizon 2020.

Description of the 2020 Partners

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Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH (HTAI) / Digitales Hessen
Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH (HTAI) is the economic development organisation of the State of Hesse. Its central task is to secure and increase the competitiveness of Hesse as a business and technology location. The HTAI offers a unique strategic combination of technology and innovation promotion, location marketing and investor support, foreign trade as well as advice on EU funding programmes. It is the central point of contact for companies as well as for scientific, political and social institutions. The Digitales Hessen office is part of the digitalisation competence area of HTAI and supports the implementation of the Digital Hessen Strategy.

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