WELCOME TO THE COPERNICUS MASTERS
The leading innovation platform for commercial Earth observation (EO) applications is awarding prizes to future-oriented solutions for business and society.
BOOST YOUR BUSINESS WITH BIG DATA FROM SPACE
Earth observation and the big data it produces hold huge potential for the creation of innovative products and services. Myriad industries and areas of public interest stand to profit from the advances of the Copernicus programme.
AZO has launched the Copernicus Masters in 2011 on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) and with strong support of world-class partners as part of their mission to foster the User Uptake of Copernicus services. The Copernicus Masters is an international competition which awards prizes to innovative solutions for business and society based on Earth observation data. The Copernicus Masters has developed into the moving force of promoting cutting-edge solutions. Annually, different prize categories tackle global challenges with revolutionary competition entries in the fields of deep learning, the IoT, big data analytics, smart mobility and industry 4.0 – just to name a few.
The Copernicus Masters challenges and corresponding prizes are awarded by prominent industry and research partners who are searching for innovative solutions to their specific needs based on Earth observation. The format is also intended to encourage joint realisation of the winning idea by the winner and the partner. The topics addressed by the challenges include innovative uses of Earth observation data in field such as digital transport, sustainable development, disaster management, energy and the environment, big data usage, as well as small satellites.
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No matter where you are with your project, service, or business innovation, compete for top prizes that will help you launch your business!
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World-class industrial and institutional partners are key to the success of the Copernicus Masters.
“[…] the ESNC and the Copernicus Masters are a proven platform for trendsetting technologies and business models based on Galileo and Copernicus to implement the new EU Space Strategy.”
Elzbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
“Having my idea scrutinised by the expert Copernicus Masters jury was very valuable. It not only helped to precisely define the business concept, but also encouraged me to start a business.”
Dr Mark Matthews, founder of CyanoLakes (Pty) Ltd.
“As a pre-startup, winning Copernicus Masters encouraged us to take the first step into the industrial realm. The credibility we gained in the process enabled us to make rapid progress.”
Paul Bathia, CEO of Geomatic Ventures Ltd.
“The Copernicus Masters is a unique opportunity to present your project to the international Earth-observation community, engage with experts, and make some valuable new contacts.”
Paul Indinger, Managing Director of Building Radar GmbH
“The Copernicus Masters has proven to be the breeding ground for many successful business concepts and societal benefits.”
Dr Thomas Beer, Copernicus Policy Coordinator, European Space Agency (ESA)
“The Copernicus Masters is an excellent way to promote the Copernicus concept and foster the innovative use of data to meet the challenges of global change while benefitting the environment and humankind.”
Dr Hubert Reile, Programme Director Space Research and Technology, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
“The Copernicus Accelerator represents a gateway into the prestigious Earth observation and geo-information sector. I would like to encourage all mentees and mentors to make use of it’s popularity and their innovative ideas to extend their outreach and network across Europe.”
Philippe Brunet, Director for Space Policy, Copernicus and Defense, DG GROW, European Commission
Let’s get in touch. We are happy to help and discuss your business opportunities within the Copernicus Masters network.
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