The initiative that pairs high-level professionals – experts in business, technical and legal realms – with young entrepreneurs that hold innovative ideas based on Earth observation







The Copernicus Accelerator newsletter will be send to participants of the programme and interested parties every six weeks. Within the newsletters, you will find out more about interesting EO news and events, funding possibilities for your business and the Copernicus Accelerator Startup of the Month.
On this page, you can access past editions of the newsletter online, get an overview on related trainings and browse through success stories.



Within the Copernicus Accelerator programme, mentors and mentees have the possibility to benefit from discretionary webinars in which they will be provided with approximately 1.5-hour training on either a technical or a business topic.

Our speakers will share their knowledge and experience about additional and useful tools which help you taking your idea to the next level. Questions and debate with participants will be encouraged, in order to make the sessions interactive.

First Training: Testing your product
Date: 12 January, 2017, 17:00 CET
Learn practical skills for different product design stages. During the session, you will learn how to use experimentation and how to design a scientific research for product ideation and prototyping stages. We will also talk about performing an in-depth target group research, validating your product and designing tests to make sure your creation is both functional and market-ready.

Second Training: Copernicus for developers and GI professionals
Date: 16 February, 2017 at 17:00 CET
This is a hands-on training that will teach how to access satellite imagery, how to use Copernicus data for web mapping, and how cloud processing for Copernicus data works. We will also analyse some existing examples of Copernicus data in GIS software.

Third Training: Minimal viable product
Date: 23 February 2017 at 17:00 CET
Designing minimal viable product is essential when it comes to creating and testing value proposition for our future customers. It is rooted deeply in the Lean Startup Philosophy. You will learn best practices and pitfalls of such approach to understand the process and get easy to use tools. Both for B2C and B2B recommended.

Fourth Training: Lean Startup
Date: 16 March 2017 at 17:00 CET
Lean Startup is not just a fancy word like agile and MVP. It is a ready to use and implement strategy that helps you avoid mistakes and scale naturally using tools, canvas and mindsets needed to operate globally. We will learn the bits of theory but focus on the practical aspects of Lean Startup.

Fifth Training: Copernicus Atmosphere and Marine Monitoring Service
Date: 27 April 2017 at 17:00 CET
The Copernicus Atmosphere and Marine Monitoring Service gives information on atmospheric and marine environment variables at a global scale. This webinar will show you how to access these data, and how they can be used in innovative applications, for example in the field of renewable energy.

Sixth Training: Copernicus Land  Monitoring Service
Date: 4 May 2017 at 17:00 CET
The Copernicus Land Monitoring Service consists of three different components, giving access to high resolution local data, regional data, and global data. This webinar will give an overview of some practical applications that have been developed using these data across Europe.

Seventh Training: Copernicus for Public Authorities
Date: 1 June 2017 at 17:00 CET
Earth observation data and applications have long been developed and paid for by public authorities. This webinar will show how different regions across Europe are using Copernicus data to make their processes and procedures easier.


Our Copernicus Accelerator participants are all working on exciting EO projects. In each newsletter, we shed light on a startup or an application which has a great story to tell. Find out more about the Copernicus Accelerator participants, their goals and the USP which make them unique!

  • December 2016

    Sinergise is pushing the limits of managing of spatial data over Internet

    Sinergise is a company operating in a start-up mode for almost 15 years already. Not from the point of financial dependence on financing rounds – they have been profitable from day one – but from the point of organisation of work and search for innovation. They have been one of the first companies to implement management of GIS data over Internet, supporting hundreds of users to jointly edit the data, being connected via old fashion dial-up modems in 2003. Their cloud GIS platform Geopedia used power of simple browsers 10 years ago, making it simple to perform crowd-sourcing actions such as identification (and subsequent clean-up) of more than 15.000 illegal dumpsites in Slovenia.


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  • February 2017

    green spin - the journey to digital farming

    green spin develops applications and solutions for digitalisation and optimisation of processes in the agricultural sector. The company was founded in 2013 by three alumni/scientists from the Department of Geography of the University of Würzburg: Dr. Sebastian Fritsch, Clemens Delatrée, and Gunther Schorcht. Their main goal was and is to allow their customers to profit from the use of open geospatial data. The use of spatial data, e.g. from earth observation satellites, can help to improve agricultural systems everywhere in the world. This will be an important task because of the immense rise of the global population in the next decades.


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  • April 2017

    The IceCream Team – the Mission to Save Glaciers Worldwide

    The IceCream (Ice Crowd-sourced REAl-time velocity Monitoring) Team has a huge vision: by using EO data, they try to save the glaciers on our planet. Their idea is to create a tool which leverages satellite imagery and climate data to illustrate the impacts of our changing Earth in areas of interest to everyone.


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  • June 2017

    EnviroSAR© Ltd. - Knowledge building of UK wildfire regimes through online integration of geospatial datasets

    EnviroSAR© Ltd. is an Earth observation (EO) startup with the vision to improve the efficiency of managing wildfire disturbance in moorlands and heathlands. Wildfire is a major hazard in UK moorlands and is increasing in the Rural-Urban Interface (RUI), especially in areas of heathland. Since wildfires incur socio-economic costs for all parties involved and are predicted to increase due to climate change, this environmental hazard is of high relevance nowadays.

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