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 Satellite Partner

Satellite Partners 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 Satellite Partner 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 Satellite Partners, contact us today.


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 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...

    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.

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    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).

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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:

  • 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 - Brandenburg

    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.

  • Argentina

    Space Latam develops space entrepreneurs in Latin America...

  • Greece - Hellas

    SenseLab Research Group of the Technical University of Crete is a leading interdisciplinary research entity in Space informatics, developing novel solutions for Unmanned Aerial Systems, Earth Observation and Geographic Information Systems...

    In addition to research, SenseLab is developing innovative products including “smart” drones, tangible GIS, gestural interfaces, visualization platforms, location based services, algorithms, smart city solutions, etc. SenseLab is a world leading Research Group, which is certified by a series of prestigious international awards and distinctions during highly competitive contests.

  • Austria

    The Austrian 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 Copernicus Committee).

  • Catalonia

    Intelligent Consulting is a consulting company specializing in Information Technologies and Communications (ICT) applied to process improvement and competitiveness in companies and public bodies...

    Intelligent Consulting brings together the expertise of professionals with extensive industry experience providing advisory services and provision of technology in the areas of Aerospace, Smart Cities, Marketing Technologies, IT Consulting, IT Security, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Technological Innovation, and Training and Dissemination actions on STEM.

  • Portugal

    Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN) is a private non-profit organisation which promotes innovation and the transfer of technology, establishing the connection between the scientific and technological environment and the production sector...

    The mission of the Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN) is to leverage a strong university – enterprise relationship for the promotion of innovation, rigor, quality and entrepreneurship in private and public sector organisations by acting in three complementary areas:

    • Research and technological development, consultancy and specialised services;
    • Incubation and acceleration of businesses and ideas;
    • Highly specialised training and promotion of science and technology



  • Ireland

    National Space Centre is located in the South of Ireland, based at Elfordstown Earthstation, just outside Midleton, Co Cork, and is Irelands only teleport...

    National Space Centre provides world class carrier grade teleport facilities from Elfordstown Earthstation. Elfordstown serves as one of Eutelsats new pan-European network of 8 groundstations, connecting to Eutelsats purpose built Ka-Sat satellite and delivering high speed broadband to remote regions across Europe. Elfordstown has been appointed an official ESA Earth Observation Groundstation to receive data for research and distribution from ESA satellites.

  • Cyprus

    GeoImaging Ltd is based in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus and since 2002 offers scientific and professional solutions in ICT and Geomatics Engineering...

    With a multidisciplinary team of 10 employees, GeoImaging supports its clients and research partners in the responsible and successful completion of projects. Its services span state-of-the art knowledge and technology from spatial/image information acquisition, processing and analysis to efficient and smart representation and visualization.

  • New Zealand

    SpaceBase is co-creating a global Space Ecosystem to serve entrepreneurs in emerging space industries - starting in New Zealand. Their goal is to provide access to training, networking, technical services, and investment opportunities where they are needed most...

    SpaceBase’s vision is to see a world in which all people have an opportunity to participate in the space industry on an equal footing, in accordance with their aptitude and ambitions. They plan to contribute to this vision by making education and entrepreneurial support available to those who need it most.

  • Netherlands

    The Space Business Innovation Centre Noordwijk (SBIC Noordwijk) is the Dutch hub for space-related business on earth.

    SBIC Noordwijk supports startups which use space technologies by offering access
    to an international network, tools, knowledge and finance. SBIC Noordwijk manages the ESA BIC incubation program in the Netherlands and organizes various workshops, hackathons and idea competitions – such as Copernicus Masters – to inspire entrepreneurship and the use of space data.

  • Czech Republic

    The Czech Republic Ministry of Transport is a state administration central body acting in the matters of transport...

    The Czech Republic Ministry of Transport is accountable for the creation of national transport policy and also for its implementation within the scope of its competence. It is also responsible for coordination of space activities in the Czech Republic and for the Czech membership of the European Space Agency (ESA), and its contribution to EU space policy.

  • Madrid

    Comunidad de Madrid

  • Basque Country

    BIC Gipuzkoa acts as facilitator in the process of creating new, innovative businesses, as well as as an active agent in the support and promotion of entrepreneurial culture in Gipuzkoa...

    Since its creation in 1993, the BIC Gipuzkoa has become an important engine in regional development, with the capacity to anticipate, adapt and respond to the concrete needs of new entrepreneurs and businesses in Gipuzkoa, inspiring innovation, qualification and consolidation of the business activity of its geographic surroundings, and in extensive collaboration with the Technology Centres, Private and Public Institutions and Universties.


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

Florentyna Smith

Project Manager
+49 (0)8105 77277-38