With their outstanding technological expertise and know-how, our partners represent the backbone of the Copernicus Masters. The close cooperation with institutional, industrial and regional partners promotes the development of high-tech products and services for Europe on the global scale. Discover the 2018 Copernicus Masters partners now

  • Initiating Partner
    European Space Agency (ESA)

    The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space! Read on learn more about our founding partner...

    ESA’s mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. To contribute to the success of Copernicus ESA is exploiting its 35 years of expertise in space programme development and management. While the Copernicus programme is politically led by the European Union (EU), ESA is the overall coordinator of the Copernicus Space Component and will, inter alia, ensure the uninterrupted delivery of data from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites and from an important number of Copernicus Contributing Missions at national, European and international level. Following the launch of Sentinel-1A on 4 April 2014 the Copernicus programme has entered its operational phase, serving users with an ever increasing mix of satellite imagery and other data.

  • Initiating Partner
    European Commission

    The European Commission is one of the main institutions of the European Union. Read on to learn more about one of our initiating partners...

    The European Commission proposes and implements the policies, laws, and treaties of the European Union. In particular, the European Commission manages several Space Programmes, including Galileo, the constellation of GNSS satellites, and Copernicus, which provides full free and open access to Earth observation data and services for environment and security. Copernicus has a variety of applications, including maritime rescue, disaster management and sustainable agriculture.

  • Initiating Partner
    German Aerospace Center (DLR)

    The Earth Observation Center (EOC) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) comprises the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) and the Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF). Read on to learn more about one of our initiating partners...

    The DLR’s Earth Observation Center works in all fields related to the development of algorithms and data analysis systems, as well as in the practical implementation of Earth observation applications and services – from satellite data reception and near-real-time services to disaster monitoring and environmental mapping. As such, the EOC is involved in many aspects of Copernicus’ design, implementation, and operations. In determining the focal points of its research, DLR is to a large extent guided by the demand for innovative products and services developed in close cooperation with industry entities. It also invests in promising technologies and offers its research and development capacities to partners for their own use.

  • Initiating Partner

    T-Systems is the corporate customers unit of Deutsche Telekom. Read on to learn more about one of our initiating partners...

    Building on a global infrastructure of data centres and networks, T-Systems operates information and communication technology (ICT) systems for multinational corporations and public sector institutions. T-Systems is pursuing its mission to shape the future of the connected business world and society by creating added value for customers, employees, and investors through innovative ICT solutions.

    T-Systems has divided its operational activities into three dedicated management divisions: the Telecommunications (TC) Division, the Information Technology (IT) Division, and the Digital Division (DD). Each has entrepreneurial responsibility for the entire value chain within their designated business area, from product development to sales, production, and delivery.

    This product-oriented strategy enables T-Systems to meet diverse customer requirements across all industries and lines of business. The TC Division will extend the unit’s telecommunications activities both in Germany and internationally while ensuring the closer integration of the business processes of all relevant units within the Deutsche Telekom Group. The IT Division, meanwhile, meets the demand for conventional IT services, system integration, and outsourcing.

    This allows T-Systems to focus on cutting-edge technological trends. The information and communication technology sector is currently undergoing changes that have a major impact on companies of every size and industry: Cloud computing and the mobile solutions that build on it, along with the combination of big data and social media, are turning existing business models on their heads. These disruptive technologies are placing completely new demands on IT security – not least due to the exponential increase in cyber crime.

  • 2018 Partner

    CGI is a global end-to-end IT and business process services leader in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Australia. Read on to learn more about one of our industrial partners...

    CGI works for Government and commercial clients and has a large Space business, with over 40 years’ experience of delivering complex, secure, mission-critical space systems. CGI delivers ground systems, exploitation platforms and space-enabled applications for clients such as the European Space Agency, the European Commission and for international organisations such as EUMETSAT and European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. The company is focused on applying satellite Earth observations to help organisations meet their business challenges by developing operational, sustainable space-enabled services. Their global footprint, access to markets, strong IT and space skills, make a powerful combination for building international partnerships and business relationships.

  • 2018 Partner

    Founded in 2010 by a team of ex-NASA scientists, Planet is driven by a mission to image the entire Earth every day, and make Earth's changes visible, accessible and actionable. Read on to learn more about one of our new partners in 2018...

    Planet​ ​started​ ​as​ ​a​ ​small​ ​team​ ​of​ ​physicists, ​aerospace​ ​and​ ​mechanical​ ​engineers​ ​in​ ​a​ ​garage, ​using​ ​the cubesat​ ​form-factor​ ​to​ ​inform​ ​the​ ​first​ ​designs​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Dove​ ​satellite. ​Just​ ​three​ ​years​ ​after​ ​their​ ​first​ ​satellite entered​ ​space, ​Planet​ ​now​ ​operates​ ​the​ ​largest​ ​constellation​ ​of​ ​Earth-imaging​ ​satellites…ever.

    Their​ ​satellites​ ​are​ ​collecting​ ​a​ ​radical​ ​new​ ​data​ ​set​ ​with​ ​endless,​ ​real-world​ ​applications.​ ​Whether​ ​one is measuring​ ​agricultural​ ​yields,​ ​monitoring​ ​natural​ ​resources,​ ​or​ ​aiding​ ​first​ ​responders​ ​after​ ​natural​ ​disasters, Planet’s​ ​data​ ​is​ ​here​ ​to​ ​lend​ ​businesses​ ​and​ ​humanitarian​ ​organisations​ ​a​ ​helping​ ​hand.​ ​Planet​ ​believes​ ​timely, global​ ​imagery​ ​will​ ​empower​ ​informed,​ ​deliberate​ ​and​ ​meaningful​ ​stewardship​ ​of​ ​our​ ​planet.


  • 2018 Partner

    BayWa is a group with worldwide operations in the core competencies of trading, logistics and supplementary services in its three operating segments Agriculture, Energy and Building Materials and the Innovation & Digitalisation development segment. Read on to learn more about one of our new partners in 2018...

    The head office of the parent company, which was founded in 1923, is located in Munich. The international activities focus on Europe as well as on the US and New Zealand. By creating its own development segment called Innovation & Digitalisation, BayWa is not only taking account of the momentum in this field, but also underscoring the strategic importance of digitalisation for the entire company. Digital activities are pooled in the Innovation & Digitalisation Segment, which is also where progress is made on further developments. The focus is currently on projects being carried out in the fields of smart farming and e-business. Digital Farming is geared towards the development and marketing of digital solutions for agriculture. Such solutions are opening up entirely new opportunities for the agricultural sector. Together with the subsidiary FarmFacts and its high degree of acceptance and experience as a systems service provider, BayWa can already offer a wide range of innovative services today. When it comes to e-business, the objective is to create an overarching, BayWa-wide platform for customers under BayWa Online World and to optimise online shopping.

  • 2018 Partner

    Astrosat is a private sector, commercial, satellite applications company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Read on to learn more about one of our industrial partners...

    Astrosat’s clients are spread internationally from South East Asia to Central America and consume products as diverse as deforestation monitoring to energy efficiency in the urban environment as well as disaster response management.

  • 2017 Partner
    German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI)

    Together with its executive agencies, the BMVI addresses issues related to transport and mobility, digital matters and spatial development in Germany. Find out more about one of our important partners set to join us again this year...

    The BMVI is responsible for the German participation in the Copernicus programme design along with the European Commission and other European players. It consolidates national interests and coordinates national accompanying measures.

    The BMVI issues thier Challenge with support from the DLR Space Administration.

  • 2017 Partner
    Satellite Applications Catapult

    The Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company. Read on to find out more about one of our partners set to join us again this year...

    The Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company, created to help organisations make use of and benefit from satellite technologies, and brings together multi-disciplinary teams to generate ideas and solutions in an open innovation environment.  A not-for-profit company, the Catapult provides facilities, platforms and expert knowledge to enable the translation of ideas from concept to market. The Catapult Challenge is set by the Satellite Applications Catapult in partnership with Innovate UK, the UK Space Agency and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).


The Copernicus Masters is additionally supported by dedicated Regional Associates. Each region has a dedicated orgnaisation that shares information about the competition to their local networks. Participants from all over the world now have a chance to win. Meet the teams behind the regions below:

  • Poland

    Blue Dot Solutions (BDS) Ltd. is a Polish space SME composed of MSc and PhD graduates from various engineering and scientific backgrounds...


    Thanks to its years of combined experience in space technologies and business, this interdisciplinary team  offers a broad range of engineering, B2B, and consulting services to the Polish space sector. Since 2010, BDS representatives have regularly participated in the industry’s biggest events, such as the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and the European Space Policy Conference.

  • Estonia

    Tartu Science Park (TSP) is the oldest science park in the Baltic...

    For 25 years it has provided business support services to raise the competitiveness of local enterprises on the global market. TSP provides enterprises with infrastructure, business consulting, technology transfer and networking services. It has a wide network of contacts with universities, public and private sector organizations and has a close cooperation with the University of Tartu and Tartu Observatory.

  • Latvia

    Ventspils High Technology Park provides all the necessary infrastructure and support services for the development of companies that are engaged in the field of high technologies...

  • Bavaria

    Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO) is an international networking and branding company for the European space programmes...

    Over the last 15 years, AZO has established the leading European space cluster innovation network for the satellite downstream market, while providing the necessary marketing and promotion platform, incubation and expert network, as well as regional funding programmes with the objective of increasing the uptake of business cases. AZO organises it’s “Innovation Masters Series”, the most important space-related innovation competitions.

  • Berlin

    NewSpaceVision is a Berlin based entrepreneur and startup network.

  • Hesse

    cesah is a competence, information and incubation centre for Satellite Navigation supported by its shareholders, the Region of Hesse, the City of Darmstadt, and renowned scientific and industrial partners.

    The ESA Business Incubation Center (BIC) Darmstadt is managed by cesah and is located in close vicinity to the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC). The centre supports the development of business ideas and start-up companies in satellite navigation.


Interested in Becoming a Sponsoring Partner?

Become a sponsoring partner and discover innovative solutions from all over the world: Sponsoring partners choose a topic which will be addressed by the participants. This process incorporates two major advantages: generating a set of innovative applications to exploit the partner’s technologies and addressing a specific problem. The submitted business ideas provide added value services in manifold economic fields, such as environmental protection, climate, renewable energies and mobile applications. By awarding a prize for an own topic-specific Challenge as part of the Copernicus Masters, the partner will benefit on three levels:




Get introduced to the world’s leading Earth observation community which is ready and waiting to help you.


Interested in Becoming an Expert?

The experts of the Copernicus Masters innovation network are one of the competition’s main assets. Therefore, the leading EO platform is constantly in search of new experts contributing their valuable knowledge and expertise to push the innovation know-how of the community even further. In the context of the various application fields, the Copernicus Masters seeks experts in the most different fields of industry, research and politics. Become a Copernicus Masters expert to scout true innovation development, extend your network with leading European experts and support promising entrepreneurs on their way to successful business.


I look forward to discussing your next business opportunity with the Copernicus Masters Network.

Florentyna Smith

Project Manager
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