Become the next Earth observation innovator: applications to Copernicus Masters 2022 now open

by | May 16, 2022 | Competition, Copernicus Masters, Earth Observation

For the 12th time, the Copernicus Masters is opening its submissions to award innovative solutions that use Copernicus Earth observation (EO) and other space data. The goal? Stimulate the use of EO data to tackle everyday challenges and at the same time contribute to the European Green Deal.

Until July 11, innovators in all stages of their careers are invited to enter the competition and submit their solution online. Who can participate? That’s simple: all individuals (min. 18 years of age), consortia and legal entities, universities, start-ups, SMEs and bigger companies, research organisations and associates from all around the globe are invited to join. Check the eligibility criteria for each Challenge or Prize.

Choose your challenge

Several competition partners, with global players from institutions, research and industry, are awarding dedicated challenges and prizes. With ESA, the German space association DLR, Portuguese space association Portugal Space, and Airbus as challenge owners (to just name a few), there’s an inspiring challenge for everyone.

Regional Prize the Netherlands

You start by picking one of these Challenges. Additionally, you can choose a Regional Prize that best supports your business case, even if it is not your country of residence. This doubles the chance of winning, as the regional prizes themselves also award prizes, even if you don’t win the challenge.

Who offers the Regional Prizes? Think of local organisations such as national space agencies, ministries, space clusters, universities, economic development agencies and incubators.

As organiser of the regional prize The Netherlands, SBIC Noordwijk and the Netherlands Space Office (NSO), we’re among the 16 regions to support a local incentive.

What can you win?

The involvement SBIC Noordwijk and NSO has in the local ESA BIC programme for space related businesses is a big plus for participants of the Copernicus Masters. For instance, winners of the Regional Prize the Netherlands get:

+ entrance to the pre-incubation trajectory of ESA BIC, the Ignition Programme (worth 6.500 euro)
+ 3 months of free office space at SBIC, where the Dutch ESA BIC startups are located
+ Runner-up gets 3 months community membership, which means access to our space business network



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