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 Partners
    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • Partners

    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.

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    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.


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    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.

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    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.

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    Airbus & sobloo

    Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of EUR 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000...
    sobloo platform provides a broad access to Copernicus data, as well as complementary data collections, ranging from Earth Observation commercial imagery to Mobile and IoT databases....

    Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners and is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

    The Intelligence Programme Line within Airbus is the supplier of choice for commercial satellite imagery, C2ISR systems and related services. The company has unrivalled expertise in satellite imagery acquisition, data processing, fusion, dissemination and intelligence extraction allied to significant command and control capabilities. Based upon exclusive commercial access to Pléiades, SPOT, TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X satellites, combined with broad applications experience, Intelligence delivers an extensive portfolio spanning the entire geo-information value chain.

    sobloo stems from an EU initiative (the Data and Information Access Services – DIAS) to provide open access to near-real-time data, models and forecasts, so as to foster innovation and create a European Earth Observation data ecosystem enabling both research and business uptake.

    sobloo platform provides a broad access to Copernicus data, as well as complementary data collections, ranging from Earth Observation commercial imagery to Mobile and IoT databases.

    Going beyond the data, sobloo offers cloud resources and a suite of tools including APIs and services not only to process data but also to create high-level thematic services which can be distributed on sobloo itself.

    Supporting creative grounds, sobloo also leverages the expertise of its consortium partners (Airbus, Orange, Capgemini, CLS and VITO) to provide professional services at different steps of the value chain, ranging from business support or development of algorithms to the setup of billing as a service.

    sobloo is uniquely positioned to contribute to the development of your business/project.

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    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.


The Copernicus Masters is additionally supported by our network of Regional Associates. Each partner is tasked with sharing information about the competition to their local networks. Participants from all over the world now have a chance to win. Meet the regional associates below:

  • ESA BIC Bavaria

    ESA BIC Bavaria promotes pioneering companies with disruptive products and digital businesses in areas like robotics, mobile, mobility, automotive, aviation, and satellites...

    At its three Bavarian locations, Oberpfaffenhofen, Ottobrunn and Nuremberg, startups highly benefit from the direct access to space technologies, expert advice and technical facilities. The incubation programme provides a comprehensive support programme, from financing to research and development, all the way through to market entry. ESA BIC Bavaria is part of a Europe-wide network with numerous ESA BICs.


  • NewSpaceVision

    NewSpaceVision is a Berlin based entrepreneur and startup network...

    NewSpaceVision acts as the starting point for aspiring entrepreneurs and skillful engineers from all kinds of fields to find contact points to existing companies or find colleagues, inspirations and resources to start their own venture.

  • JeoDijital

    Established in 2000, JeoDijital is a Turkish space/EO SME based in Ankara dealing primarily with scientific and professional earth observation, satellite imagery based applications and solutions.

    JeoDijital specializes in a unique range of expertise, ranging from EO satellite imagery provision, imagery analytics, value added processing and software distribution to the provision of turn-key technical assistance projects, training, capacity building, implementation support and consultancy services.

  • Tartu Science Park

    Tartu Science Park is the oldest science park in the Baltic...

    For 25 years Tartu Science Park (TSP) 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.

  • European Space Imaging

    Based in Munich, Germany and established in 2002, European Space Imaging is the leading premium supplier of global very high resolution (VHR) satellite imagery and derived services to customers in Europe, North Africa and CIS countries...

    With over 16 years’ experience, European Space Imaging is the only European satellite data provider to supply imagery at true 30 cm resolution and who own and operate its own multi-mission ground station for direct satellite tasking and local data downlink.

  • Space Latam

    Space Latam develops space entrepreneurs in Latin America...

  • The Austria Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

    The Austria Research Promotion Agency (FFG) is the national funding agency for industrial research and development in Austria...

    As a “one-stop shop” offering a diversified and targeted programme portfolio, the FFG gives Austrian businesses and research facilities quick and uncomplicated access to research funding. Within FFG, the Aeronautics and Space Agency (ALR) implements the Austrian space policy and represents Austria in European and international space-related committees (e.g. ESA boards or EU Committees). FFG/ALR has the function as Austrian Copernicus relay.

  • P.L.A.N.

    P.L.A.N. is an international consulting group focusing on capacity-building in Space and Tech activities...

    Since 1997, P.L.A.N. is delivering major projects and also top-notch consultancy including but not limited to Earth Observation, Space Applications, Space Programs, Environment, Aviation, Meteorology, Security, Natural Risks Management sectors in EMEA. Their references include: Space Agencies, Meteorology Agencies, institutional and government entities, Fortune500 industries, mid-sized companies, research centers and startups.

  • Aerospace Valley

  • cesah

    cesah, the centre for satellite navigation Hesse, is a competence centre for the application of space technologies in Darmstadt. Supported by public and private shareholders, cesah manages the ESA BIC Hessen & Baden-Württemberg and helps entrepreneurs with the technical development and realisation of new products. Besides, cesah is official „Technology Broker“ for Germany commissioned by ESA. Furthermore, cesah organizes events and runs the Astropreneurs program, which is part of Horizon 2020.

    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.


  • Eurisy

    Acting collectively to bridge space and society


    Eurisy is a non-profit association of space agencies and other research organisations from across Europe. They start, stimulate and support collaboration between public institutions, SMEs, industry and academia from the space and non-space sectors. In doing so, Eurisy aims to advance the diffusion of space-derived innovation across society. The result benefits society, the economy, and the environment. What makes Eurisy unique is the constant push to go beyond the beaten tracks of space outreach. They build relationships with communities new to space. Eurisy speaks their language by encouraging early adopters to share experience with their peers.



Set your own Challenge as a Sponsoring Partner

Become a sponsoring partner and discover innovative solutions from all over the world. Sponsoring partners have the opportunity to create their own Challenge that tasks participants with tackling a topic of their choice. By setting the Challenge, partners gain exclusive access to a unique set of innovative solutions that use partner technologies and adress specific business needs.

By awarding their own topic-specific Challenge within the Copernicus Masters, partners benefit on three levels:



The world’s leading Earth observation community is ready to help you.

Join the Network as a Regional Associate

Regional Associates of the Copernicus Masters are an integral part of our Earth observation network. They are our local connection in countries all around the world and ensure that participants from all corners of the globe have access to the fantastic opportunities offered by the competition.

Join the Copernicus Masters as a Regional Associate and benefit from the following:

Network with the most relevant European EO Stakeholders
Receive substantial promotion within the international EO community
Positioning amongst a leading international network of innovation and expertise


We are constantly expanding our network of Regional Associates, contact us today.


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