The Competition

The 2019 winners are announced!

On 4 December, the Space Oscars – Awards Ceremony of the Copernicus Masters and Galileo Masters – took place in Helsinki, Finland as the festive highlight of the EU Space Week 2019. The winners of all Challenges as well as the Overall Winner were awarded live on stage.

The international innovation competition serves as accelerating instrument for space‐related entrepreneurs and startups, providing Europe with path‐breaking novelties. Since its initiation in 2004, the Galileo Masters has always been scouting the most forward‐thinking applications based on satellite navigation and remains to set benchmark levels of space‐related innovations for Europe.

The spectrum of submitted business solutions reflects the manifold opportunities made possible by this future‐oriented technology: From healthcare and leisure to traffic management and other rail, sea, and air transport logistics, individuals and entire industries alike can benefit from satellite navigation.

No matter what stage a pioneering solution is at, the Galileo Masters provides support for innovations at any development stage, with the ultimate aim to turn them into real business cases. Thus, the diversity offered by the Galileo Masters and its entire network are best described as “service all along the value chain”. Thereby, the Galileo Masters is not only the prestigious competition for GNSS‐related solutions but also serves as Europe‘s effective support mechanism for entrepreneurs and startups thanks to a highly diversified prize pool offered by many involved Galileo Masters stakeholders.

Key Facts

Participants since 2004
Partners worldwide
EUR 1 Mio.
Prize pool
Countries worlwide
International Experts


There are two classes to choose in the competition:

  • Galileo Masters Startup of the Year or Idea of the Year
  • Galileo Masters Regional and Special Prize Challenges


Select the class that reflects your solution best. The selection of one of this options is mandatory for all participants. At the same time you are able to become the Startup or Idea of the Year and win the corresponding prizes.

Startup of the Year

Choose this class when you submit a solution or idea of your already founded startup!
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Idea of the Year

Choose this class when your solution or idea is still in development stage!
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Special Prize

Submit your solution to one of the Special Prizes offered by leading European stakeholders. Special Prizes are partnered by institutional and research partners who are searching for innovations tailored to their specific needs in various satellite navigation related fields. This format is also intended to encourage joint realisation of the winning idea by the winner and the partner.

Regional Challenge

Choose the Regional Challenge that would best support your business case from various partner regions worldwide. No matter where you are located, we have the perfect match for you. Regional partner organisations include national space agencies, ministries, space clusters, universities, and incubators.

Get Inspired

Not sure what kind of solution you can submit to the Galileo Masters? Here you find thousands of ways to use satellite navigation in everyday life! Get inspired and submit your winning solution. We are excited to see yours!


About Galileo


Have any queries or require information? We are happy to help and discuss your business opportunities within the Galileo Masters network. Thank you.
Ines Kühnert, AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen

Ines Kühnert
Project Manager Galileo Masters

Save the Date

Submission starts on 1 April 2020!