University Challenge Icon

University Challenge

The University Challenge is looking for students and research associates to compete for the chance to transform their bright ideas into successful commercial ventures.

The Challenge

Seeking to bridge the gap between Earth observation (EO) research and entrepreneurship, this challenge is designed to offer a creative platform for developing the most cutting-edge ideas using EO data. In addition to establishing links to the world of business, the University Challenge increases the exposure and credibility of student-driven innovations at the global level. Those tasked with evaluating the solutions submitted will thus focus on creativity and market needs rather than technological maturity.

Submissions are welcome in any relevant application field, including but not limited to:

  • Agriculture
  • Transportation
  • Emergency Management
  • Environmental Protection
  • Renewable Energies
  • Tourism/Leisure

Prizes

CASH PRIZE

EUR 1,000

CONSULTING

Consulting package to develop the solution into a valid business case. Additionally, business qualification for one of the 21 ESA BICs (worth up to EUR 50,000)

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

Criteria

Submissions to the University Challenge will be evaluated against the following criteria:

Innovation

Does the solution demonstrate a novel application of Earth observation data?

Copernicus Connection

Does the solution use Copernicus data to add value for end-users?

Technical Feasibility

Does the solution apply Copernicus data in a technically feasible way?

Project Sustainability

Does the solution have real market potential?

About AZO

AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen is an international networking and branding company for the European space programmes, supporting entrepreneurship with more than 700 companies founded in Europe. Since 2004, AZO has established the leading European space cluster innovation ecosystem for the satellite downstream market, while providing the necessary marketing and promotion platform, incubation and expert network, as well as regional funding programmes with the objective to increase the uptake of business cases. Besides the Copernicus Masters, AZO also organises the important space-related innovation competitions Galileo Masters and INNOspace Masters.

Register

Choose your challenge
White Element
Register to the Database
White Element

Submit your Idea

Submissions are open until 30 June 2020.

This site uses Cookies

Please accept cookies and tracking on this site for the best experience.

If you deny the use of cookies and tracking on this site, we will save that in a necessary cookie. You will lose access to personalised content and may not have the best experience on this website.

Please see our Privacy Policy for detailed information on how we process your personal data. You can withdraw your consent at any time and demand information about your data as well as the correction, access to or deletion of it.

To protect your privacy, we block cookies and tracking scripts until you consent with the usage.

We use cookies and tracking scripts to offer additional functions, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners who may combine it with other information that you’ve provided to them or that they’ve collected from your use of their services. 

You are able to change or withdraw your consent anytime. 

About Cookies
Cookies are small text files that can be used by websites to make a user’s experience more efficient.
The law states that we can store cookies on your device if they are strictly necessary for the operation of this site. For all other types of cookies we need your permission. This site uses different types of cookies. Some cookies are placed by third party services that appear on our pages.
Learn more about who we are, how you can contact us and how we process personal data in our Privacy Policy.

Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. Also, your consent with or denial of additional cookies and tracking scripts is stored in a necessary cookie.
The website cannot function properly without these cookies.

Marketing cookies are used for personalisation and tracking users across websites and devices. These cookies help us to display relevant content and ads for the individual user.

Marketing services used on this site:
On this site, we use cookies from:

  • Mautic

Tracking cookies help us to better understand the behaviour of our visitors. We track your interaction on this and across other websites and devices to improve the user’s experience on our site.

Tracking services used on this site:

  • Mouseflow
This site uses Cookies

Please choose:

Loading...

Deny?

If you deny, we will save this information in a necessary cookie and accept your wish.