Regional Prize Azores

Rewards 2022

Participation in Space Awards

Support to attend the Space Awards (covering the costs for two people)

Pre-Incubation programme

IPN will offer Direct Access to its pre-incubation programme

Invitation to ESA BIC Portugal

Invitation and technical support to apply to ESA BIC Portugal at the Azores. Funding dependant on approval of the application by TEB

Additional Reward for the Overall Winner 2022

Cash Prize

EUR 10,000 if your concept gets selected as Copernicus Masters 2022 Overall Winner

Prize Partners Benefits 2022

Thriving Ecosystem

The Azores in particular, and Portugal in general, are the home of many innovative start-ups that are disrupting the market.

Pitch to Investors

The best ideas will be invited to pitch in front of Indico Capital Partners, a VC fund looking for start-ups and SMEs to invest in!

Portugal Space and You

Portugal Space actively promotes the development of the Portuguese space related start-up ecosystem bosting entrepreneurship.

Best Partners

Learning from world class institutions such as IPN, IPMA, the AIR Centre and Indico Capital who will foster the development of your idea.

Video 2022


Portuguese Space Agency – Portugal Space

Joan Alabart
Industrial Relations and Projects Officer / Space Exploration, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The 2022 Organiser

Portuguese Space Agency – Portugal Space

The Portuguese Space Agency, Portugal Space is an organization created by the Portuguese government to implement the National Strategy for Space (Portugal Space 2030). The Agency’s primary purpose is to promote and strengthen Space in Portugal, its ecosystem and value chain, for the benefit of society and economy in the country and worldwide, acting as a business and development unit for research entities and companies.
Coordinates the Portuguese participation at ESA, ESO, EST and in SKA Organization. Portugal Space is also the national representative to the European Commission for matters related to Space, namely the European Union Space Program and Horizon Europe and has a seat in the Board of the EUSPA.

The 2022 Partners

Indico Capital
Indico invests in tech and sustainable companies. Its tech funds target unique Web3, Software as a Service (SaaS), marketplaces, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), fintech, cybersecurity and digital companies. Investments in tech companies range, mostly, from Pre-Seed to Series A (from 100k to 10M euros), selectively backing companies at Series B and C as well.
Indico Capital has just launched the Blue Fund to invest in blue economy start-ups and SMEs.

Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera
The Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere, I. P. (IPMA, IP), is a public institution with the responsibilities, at national territory level, in the areas of the sea and atmosphere. Focusing its research efforts on projects that accrue to direct applications for use in operating activities, pursuing continuous improvement in the information made available to its users whether for commercial use or public service and in particular directed to the safeguard of people and property.


AIR Centre
The Atlantic International Research Centre (AIR Centre) is an international collaborative organization that promotes an integrative approach to space, climate, ocean and energy in the Atlantic. The AIR Centre is driven by and at the same time supports emerging technological innovations and advances in data science.

Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN)
Created in 1991 through a University of Coimbra initiative, Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN) is a private non-profit organisation which promotes innovation and the transfer of technology, establishing the connection between the scientific and technological environment and the production sector.

In the space sector, IPN is the coordinator of ESA Space Solutions Portugal and has a broad experience in initiatives related to entrepreneurship and innovation both at ESA and the European Commission levels

Hall of Fame

Discover all previous winners of the Copernicus Masters!

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