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When you are working with satellite navigation, or thinking of new satnav applications, you can’t ignore the Galileo Masters international business competition. The prizes are substantial. In this article we’re going to have a look at the Netherlands Prize and why location matters.

Not familiar with the Galileo Masters? Read all our articles here.

Choose a country prize

Like previous years, the Galileo Masters competition also has country prizes on top of partner challenges. This basically means you have twice the chance to win a prize!

And what’s even better: you don’t need to live in the country to apply for a certain country prize. Here’s what we recommend: choose the country that benefits the most from your satnav idea. And look at the prizes thoroughly. What resonates the most with you?

The case for the Galileo Netherlands Prize

However, as co-organizer of the Galileo Netherlands Prize, we have something to say about this as well.

In a satellite navigation competition, we don’t need to tell you that location matters.

Here are three reasons why you should consider The Netherlands:

1. Galileo Reference Centre

The Dutch space sector, centred in Noordwijk, is home to the Galileo Reference Centre. This centre monitors the quality of all the Galileo data. A big plus that the core of Europe’s GNSS is located here. Satellite navigation expertise has never been closer.

The Galileo Reference Centre, with in the background SBIC Noordwijk (on the right)


2. ESA ESTEC
Noordwijk is also home to ESA ESTEC – the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC). Winners are eligible for technical expertise at ESA’s largest establishment.

3. Space Business Innovation Centre (SBIC) Noordwijk
SBIC Noordwijk is the go-to place for space businesses in The Netherlands. It’s supporting companies in nearly every stage of their company. Their extensive network and community makes it worth to tap into.

All three locations are literally within eye sight of each other, on the NL Space Campus in Noordwijk. So why pick The Netherlands, even when you don’t live here?

The thing is: if you win the Galileo Netherlands Prize, you are eligible to be incubated in the ESA BIC program, at the SBIC premises. Which means you can actually start building your business here, with all the support you need.

What are you waiting for? Benefit from the nearby network with all the satnav expertise at your fingertips. Apply for the Galileo Masters!


SBIC Noordwijk and the Netherlands Space Office, is bringing you the Copernicus Prize The Netherlands together with the following competition partners:

competition partners 2020