Navigate your Business along the Space of Innovation Highway!

Navigate your business to success with insightful events and webinars featuring experts from our global network.

Your Journey

Innovate. Develop. Grow.

Join our Space of Innovation Highway and we help you Navigate your Business! We invite you to join us on an exciting and enriching journey across and beyond Europe over the next 2.5 months of the submission phase of the Copernicus Masters and Galileo Masters. On the Space of Innovation Highway, we will guide you through a series of virtual events designed to support the development of your idea, solution, prototype or business by increasing your chance to get awarded in this year’s competitions. At each virtual event, you will hear from our competitions’ renowned partners what their challenges or prizes can offer you. You can meet and interact online with representatives from European institutions, industry players, regional economic developers, local incubators, etc. A great opportunity to expand your knowledge, broaden your network and receive technical and business advice on your path to success.

Joint Virtual International Kick-off

Before you jump into your virtual vehicle and start your journey, we are delighted to invite you to the grand e-opening of this year’s Space of Innovation Highway from the Copernicus Masters and Galileo Masters. Join us on 12th May to get introduced to the variety of Challenges from our partners, hear from some of our Prize partners and learn from our previous winners’ inspiring success stories. We encourage you to innovate, help you develop to shine and finally grow to succeed!

Join the virtual international kick-off, if you…

… have an innovative idea based on Earth Observation or Satellite Navigation.

… worked for some time on a new application or service using Big Data from Space and are looking for partners to take the next step.

… are an entrepreneur, eager to find the right path and scale-up your start-up.

Joint Virtual International Kick-off

Virtual Event
12 May 2021 | 10:30 – 13:00 CEST

Register Here

Address your questions to the leading space stakeholders in Europe

Learn from our Challenge Partners and experts

Get inspired by successful startups


During our virtual international kick-off, we will offer you:

  • Key notes from European Institution representatives
  • Key note from a high-flying start-up, a former winner of the Copernicus Masters
  • Presentations from our Galileo Masters and Copernicus Masters Challenge Partners
  • Q&A session with the Galileo Prize Partners and Copernicus Prize Partners
  • Q&A session with former winners and successful start-ups


Ines Kühnert

Head of Galileo & Copernicus Competitions, AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH

Thorsten Rudolph

Managing Director, AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH

Josef Aschbacher

Director General, European Space Agency (ESA)

Catherine Kavvada

Director for Innovation and Outreach at DEFIS B, European Commission

Rodrigo da Costa

Executive Director, European GNSS Agency (GSA)

Toni Tolker Nielsen

Acting Director of Earth Observations Programmes, European Space Agency (ESA)

Martina Sindelar

Policy officer, DG DEFIS, B2 Space Research, Innovation and Start-ups, European Commission

Vojtech Fort

Market Innovation Officer, European GNSS Agency


Robert Klarner

Technology Marketing, Head of Branch Office Oberpfaffenhofen, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Gunter Schreier

Deputy Director German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), DLR

Matthew Edwards

Business Incubation Officer, European Space Agency (ESA)

Dr Agnieszka Lukaszczyk

Senior Director - European Affairs, Planet


Alexandra Förster

DLR for the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI)

Timo Hoffmann

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI)

Dr Elisabeth Becker-Löffler

Digital Farming, BayWa AG

Max Gulde

Co-founder and CEO, ConstllR

António Almeida

Senior Tech Evangelist, UP42

Annette Barth

Managing Director, ajuma GmbH

Uli W. Fricke

CEO, aaris-c2 powered by FunderNation GmbH

Egle Elena Sataite, Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA)

Eglė Elena Šataitė

Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA), Chief Officer, R&D&I and International Co-operation department; Lithuanian Space Office

Mercè Cuixart

Fundació Privada Knowledge Innovation Market Bcn (KIMbcn)

Joan Alabart

Portuguese Space Agency – Portugal Space, Industrial Relations and Projects Officer / Space Exploration, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Lukáš Brchl

Co-founder & CEO, Dronetag

Thomas Jelle

CEO, MazeMap

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Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO)

Ines Kühnert
Head of Galileo & Copernicus Competitions
+49 8105 77277-19