Copernicus Prize The Netherlands

Rewards 2020

Cash prize

EUR 1,000 cash prize

Pre-Incubation Package

Business, marketing and IP support by experts to build your business worth EUR 6,500, also for the runner-up

Free Office Space

At SBIC Noordwijk for 3 months, also for the runner-up


1-year free subscription to the “Ruimtevaart” magazine by the Netherlands Space Society NVR

ESA BIC Incubation

The winner will be eligible for ESA’s business incubation centre in Noordwijk, which offers EUR 50,000 in incentive funding from ESA and NSO.

Awards Ceremony

The winner will benefit from a free trip to the Awards Ceremony 2020

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

Copernicus Prize Partner Benefits


European Space Agency’s (ESA) technical testing and knowledge centre, ESTEC, is located in Noordwijk as well as the ESA Business Innovation Centre (BIC), which inspires and supports startups using space technology for down-to-earth applications


A key player in space technology with demand for its knowledge and expertise in Europe and the rest of the world

Extensive network

The Netherlands has an extensive space startup network in Noordwijk


Space Business Innovation Centre (SBIC) Noordwijk

Martijn Leinweber

Main area of expertise: Chief Operating Officer ESA BIC Noordwijk

+31 71 2020 307


Description of the 2020 Organiser

The Netherlands Space Office (NSO)

NSO was established by the Dutch government to develop and implement its country’s long-term space programme.

Space Business Innovation Centre (SBIC) Noordwijk

SBIC Noordwijk supports startups which use space technologies by offering access to an international network, tools, knowledge and finance. SBIC offers various programmes, workshops and events for every stage of the entrepreneurial journey.

Description of the 2020 Partners

ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Noordwijk
Make space part of your business with ESA BIC Noordwijk, which is part of the business incubation programme of the European Space Agency. Located right next to ESA’s research facility ESTEC, ESA BIC Noordwijk offers technical, business and financial support to startups that use space technology for terrestrial applications. ESA BIC Noordwijk is managed by the Space Business Innovation Centre Noordwijk (SBIC Noordwijk).
Netherlands Space Society (NVR)
The Netherlands Space Society (NVR) is a vibrant and modern community that connects space professionals, future space professionals and enthusiasts, and promotes space in the Netherlands. The NVR is a platform for space professionals from or working in Holland. For more than 65 years, NVR has been an advocate and representative of the innovative space sector in the Netherlands from its inception to the strong high-tech sector it is today.
The Royal Dutch Touring Club ANWB serves the interests of its members in mobility, among others. By doing so, it contributes to a more sustainable society in the Netherlands.
Rabobank Bollenstreek
Rabobank is the local bank for the Bollenstreek economical area in the Netherlands.
V.O. Patents & Trademarks
V.O. supports clients worldwide to maximise the value of their intellectual property. V.O. is one of the largest patent attorney firms in Europe, ranking consistently in the top 3 of European PCT-filers, and is praised as a centre of excellence in Intellectual Asset Magazine. In 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, it received the Netherlands Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year Award from Managing IP Magazine.
Regular tax advice is included in all subscriptions, including at least 2 meetings a year, tailor-made year-end tax tips and an independent tax check of your annual accounts and/or tax returns.
HE Space

HE Space specialises in personnel recruitment with an exclusive focus on the space sector. It has concentrated its activities on supplying space experts to ESA, to EUMETSAT and to the European space industry.

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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