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So far, it has been a successful EU Space Week for Dutch space entrepreneurship, as Reef Support won the Copernicus Masters 2020. But let’s not forget the special challenges, where partners of the competition seek solutions to specific cases. Two Dutch businesses have won a Copernicus Masters challenge as well: IMARA and Lumikko.

IMARA – winner of the Planet ‘SEE CHANGE, CHANGE THE WORLD‘ challenge

Elise van Tilborg, Ard Schakel and Melissa de Raaij of IMARA are taking agroforestry monitoring to a higher level – by translating data to sustainable impact and Sustainable Development Goals. By quantifying the impact of agroforestry on both social and environmental indicators, IMARA clients can monitor and evaluate progress and accountability in order to prove the impact of their activities.

Planet​ ​will​ ​provide​ ​the​ ​winner​ ​with​ ​an​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ finalise​ ​their ​solution​ ​and​ ​bring​ ​it​ ​to​ ​market. ​​

Lumikko – winner of the Airbus sobloo ‘MULTI-DATA CHALLENGE

Paul van der Rijt and Nafiseh Ghasemi of Lumikko B.V. have created a flood monitoring and prediction platform, which is able to analyze historical data and satellite data and gives a risk assessment as output. These risk assessments are special as in addition to historal data, it also takes into account current trends in climate change and the impact of recent human activities.

Airbus and sobloo are giving business development support to the winner, as well as access to relevant data and datasets.

A nice addition to this news: Lumikko is also selected for the ESA BIC Noordwijk program (to start in 2021) and has also participated in our Ignition Program.