Copernicus B2B Challenge 2017
While the Copernicus programme was primarily designed to address societal challenges (climate change, urban development…), it can also support many different business sectors, such as insurance, construction, transportation, and agriculture. With this challenge, the Commission wanted to demonstrate that Copernicus presents significant commercial potential.
Participants in this Challenge should thus have proposed applications that use Copernicus and provide a service to businesses in commercial sectors. Possible examples include:
- An application to help insurance and reinsurance companies predict or evaluate losses
- A service to improve extraction of raw materials (mining, oil and gas…)
- Applications for farmers, forest-owners, and fishermen
- Applications to improve the production of renewable energies (solar, biomass…)
- Services to help construction companies monitor infrastructure
- Transportation services
The Challenge was open to all profiles: entrepreneurs, start-ups, students, SMEs and large companies, research centres, university departments, and public organisations at the European, national, and local level.
The European Commission was looking for innovative ideas that facilitate the use of Copernicus data and/or Copernicus services. The projects proposed should have delivered concrete value for clients (ideally, users should be involved from the start). Their technical feasibility should also have been demonstrated, ideally through a prototype. Applicants should have a clear plan for their project’s short- and long-term financing. The best teams were asked to combine both technical and business expertise and show a strong commitment to the Project.
Submission was possible from 1 April to 30 June 2017, all completed proposals are undergoing evaluation at the moment.
farmAR – Agriculture management from space made easy using an augmented reality application on a mobile device, submitted by Dr Beril Sirmacek and Team, FarmAR, Netherlands
- Use of Copernicus data and services with respect to the Challenge topic
- Project potential (Is the project innovative? Does it create value for the users? Is it feasible technically?)
- Sustainability of the project (Have potential users/clients been involved in the design of the project? Are they willing to pay? How does the applicant intend to finance the project? Why is the project better than competing endeavours?)
- Quality of the team (technical and business expertise, understanding of the thematic area at hand, commitment to the project)
The European Commission is one of the main institutions of the European Union. It implements the policies, laws, and treaties of the European Union. In particular, the European Commission manages several Space Programme, including Galileo (the European GPS) and Copernicus, which provides free Earth observation data and services for environment and security. Copernicus products are used for instance to help save lives at sea, improve our response to natural disasters, and allow farmers to better manage their crops.