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EC EU Space Data for new Business Applications Challenge

The EC EU Space Data for new Business Applications Challenge is looking for solutions that have the potential to stimulate new commercial incentives in “established” markets and open up business opportunities to startups.


Stay tuned! One of these finalists will become the EC EU Space Data for new Business Applications Challenge winner!

Cartometrics AI Platform: Empowering Small EO Businesses to Serve a Large Market
Complex problems require a variety of specialised algorithms that only very large companies can deliver. Small EO businesses have highly specialised algorithms, but not enough diversity to solve such problems. is a one-stop cloud platform for finding and building Earth observation solutions. Its architecture combines Copernicus data with machine learning algorithms, which can be expanded to use multiple advanced solutions in line with each customer’s particular needs. In the Cartometrics marketplace, EO businesses can access a wide range of qualified EO algorithms provided by the platform’s network of partners.

Guillermo Ruiz Ruiz

Space.Science: A One-Stop Shop for Customised EO Solutions
Space.Science maximises the potential of Earth observation data by providing an all-in-one platform for EO data users. It facilitates easy access to EO information and enables seamless integration with users’ internal data. The platform also provides custom insights and correlations that are not visible from a particular data source alone. Meanwhile, Space.Science includes instant analytics and visualisations based on AI algorithms, which aids decision-making and extended data analysis. By integrating industry-specific, value-added services from third parties, it aims to offer enhanced customisability and deliver personalised solutions according to customers’ needs.

Daniel Levarsky

Vialone: Learn More About Your Organic Meal!
The Vialone service provides objective information from satellite and in-situ sensors on rice paddy fields to assess whether the recorded data match the organic production claims filed by the producer. Recently, cases of traditional rice being fraudulently sold as organic have been discovered. These incidents damage both the genuine producers and the consumers and call for technological solutions to provide independent evidence of organic claims. Vialone combines data from the Sentinel-1, -2, and -3 satellites and local sensors, compares the sensed variables with the expected features of organic crops based on the declared agronomic technique, and factors in possible modifications due to weather and climate factors. Constant monitoring of rice paddy fields helps farmers take care of their delicate organic crops, and the information collected also enhances traceability and supports genuine organic certification.

David Marzi

The Challenge

It becomes increasingly clear that the use of EU Space data is almost unlimited, not only thanks to the high level of quality and accessibility of data, but also due to the rapid development of new technologies such as AI, data analytics or cloud computing that support the exploitation of these data.  Thus, the penetration of space data through innovative applications into markets regarded as established is very promising. Against this background, this challenge encourages the submission of innovative proposals based on EU Space data that have the potential to open up new business opportunities for startups.

The key requirement is that the solutions demonstrate the “added-value” in the use of Copernicus and Galileo/EGNOS data for their development and the expected market impact.

Submissions are welcome in any application field, such as:

  • Insurance
  • Health
  • Leisure and Sport
  • Trade
  • Construction

The EC EU Space Data for new Business Applications Challenge aims at stimulating new business models and market perspectives for startups by offering innovative solutions to customers and consumers. The proposals shall prove technological feasibility.

Prizes 2020



EUR 10,000

Satellite Data

Possibility to access EUR 10,000 worth of commercial datasets from the Copernicus Contributing Missions in the Copernicus Data Warehouse (financial support by EC)
Extra EUR 10,000 Cash Prize if your concept gets selected as Copernicus Masters 2020 Overall Winner
Additional Prize


Submissions to EU Space Data for new Business Applications Challenge will be assessed against the following criteria:

EU Space data connection

What EU Space data or inputs do you use? In case of Sentinel data, please specify from which mission. If you combine them with other data sources, please describe them.


Why is the project innovative in the sense that you use EU Space data or combine them in a way that offers a new application? Demonstrate the technical feasibility of the project.

Potential market up-take

Describe the potential or expected market-up of the solution and the future users (businesses, consumers, public authorities etc.). If you have first market experience, please describe it. Describe your business model and how you envisage the entry into commercial relations.


Demonstrate that your team have the required technical and business expertise of the team to successfully implement the project and bring it to market.

About the European Commission

The European Commission is supporting startups under the two Space Programmes, Copernicus (Earth observation) and Galileo (Satellite 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 Challenge is set up by the new Directorate General for Defence Industry and Space.

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