TAKE YOUR IDEA TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Become the next high-flying entrepreneur and take the world by storm with the Copernicus Accelerator!

 

 

 

COPERNICUS ACCELERATOR - PARTICIPANTS

Established in 2016, the Copernicus Accelerator has been an exciting feature of the Copernicus Masters. This unique initiative funded by the European Commission provides a customised business development scheme for the winners and finalists of each Copernicus Masters Challenge1. It aims to support the best 50 entrants to move beyond idea conception into real commercial ventures. Over nine months, the Copernicus Accelerator mentees benefit from individual coaching support worth an additional overall value of EUR 250,000.

WHO'S ELIGIBLE

To be eligible, participants must either be citizens of one of the Copernicus Participating Countries1 or they must have established their company in the territory of one of the Copernicus Participating Countries.

MATCHING WITH A MENTOR

These top 50 finalists are matched with high-level mentors that have demonstrable experience in the participants’ fields of interest. Mentors must also reside in the territory of a Copernicus Participating country. Originating from the most prestigious Earth Observation network, these mentors are business or EO experts and possess profound knowledge in supplementary fields, such as ICT, the mobile industry or other industries associated with the Copernicus Masters 2017 Challenges.

MAKE YOUR IDEA COME TRUE!

A dedicated coaching process worth EUR 5,000 enables mentors to help participants of the Copernicus Masters turn their promising ideas into reality. Mentees receive the support they need to successfully enter the market and to achieve measurable results with one or more of the following objectives:

  • Integration into an incubator
  • Obtaining their first client
  • Raising equity funding (angel, seed or venture capital)
  • Reaching profitability level with their first product
  • Development of a new product line
  • First access to a foreign market (internationalisation)
  • Business Coaching
  • Assistance in technical development.

The Copernicus Accelerator has different phases comprising a total coaching support of approximately one year. The 2017 Copernicus Masters finalists have been selected in September 2017. Following the matchmaking between finalists and mentors, the formal start of the initiative took place at the Copernicus Accelerator Bootcamp during the European Space Week in November 2017. This event was an excellent opportunity to join the international EO and GNSS community, meet investors and benefit from AZO’s global network of innovation and expertise.

The Copernicus Accelerator represents a real added-value for Copernicus Masters participants: Finalists receive valuable coaching services and participate free of charge in a one-of-a-kind networking event with investors and high-level professionals. The initiative gives participants the jump-start they need to turn great ideas into revolutionary applications!

 

You want to be part of the Copernicus Accelerator adventure and benefit from a customised coaching service?

Then pre-register now  for the 2018 Copernicus Masters starting on 1 April 2018! Submit an award-worthy business case using Earth observation data and qualify yourself for the Copernicus Accelerator! The 50 best competition entrants will get access to the third round of the programme and take their idea to the next level thanks to a customised coaching.

The Copernicus Accelerator has different phases comprising a total coaching support of six to nine months. Finalists will be selected in September 2017, with the formal start of the initiative taking place  at the Accelerator Bootcamp during the European Space Week in November 2017. This event is an excellent opportunity to join the international EO and GNSS community, meet investors and benefit from AZO’s global network of innovation and expertise.

The Copernicus Accelerator represents a real added-value for Copernicus Masters participants: Finalists receive valuable coaching services and participate free of charge in a one-of-a-kind networking event with investors and high-level professionals. The initiative gives participants the jump-start they need to turn great ideas into revolutionary applications!

You want to be part of the Copernicus Accelerator adventure and benefit from a customised coaching service?

Then pre-register now for the 2018 Copernicus Masters starting on 1 April 2018! Submit an award-worthy business case using Earth observation data and qualify yourself for the Copernicus Accelerator! The 50 best competition entrants will get access to the third round of the programme and take their idea to the next level thanks to a customised coaching.

1 Participants of the Copernicus Accelerator must either be citizens of one of the Copernicus Participating countries or must have established their company in the territory of one of the participating countries.

 

SUCCESS STORIES

The current Copernicus Accelerator participants are all working on exciting EO projects together with their mentors. In each Copernicus Accelerator newsletter, we dive into one mentee’s startup or their application and the associated mentor to share their success story with the Copernicus Accelerator Community!

 

Discover the success stories