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An international organisation comprising 22 member-states, the European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe's gateway to space. Its 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. ESA designs and implements the European space programme, including the development of space technologies and satellite infrastructure for the use of navigation, telecommunication and earth observation, the promotion of European industries, and the endeavour to find out more about our Earth, our solar system and the universe we are living in.

The ESA space solutions network compiles a variety of expertise from Europe's space programmes to give any business a tailored solution, based on available space systems, technologies and know-how. Through our Business Incubation Centres, Technology Transfer Brokers and partners, Europe benefits from its space industry like never before, and together we support our national industries and boost Europe's global competitiveness. more


The European Satellite Navigation Competition is a great source of innovative business ideas in virtually every field of industry. In it, the ESA Technology Transfer Programme Office (TTPO) finds and supports new ideas for the commercial use of space technology, thus launching new businesses in Europe, especially in the downstream market of GNSS applications. Among the innovative ideas for satellite navigation applications from previous years are a system that reports flooding in real time, a corporate application for tracking carbon footprints, and commercial location-based services.

Prize 2016

ESA is looking for innovative ideas that can be immediately implemented and quickly nurtured into profitable start-ups at the fifteen ESA Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs) or other facilities in the European Space Incubators Network (ESINET).

  • The winner should thus be a new start-up (yet to be created or younger than five years old) and should be willing to apply to an existing or future ESA BIC for incubation.
  • The winner will receive a cash award of EUR 7,000.
  • The first runner-up will receive a cash award of EUR 2,000.
  • The second runner-up will receive a cash award of EUR 1,000.


Sasha Afanasieva, Alessio Nunzi
Blubel - SatNav in a Connected Bicycle Bell

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