France Challenge

Prize 2019

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Incubation Programme

An incubation programme (from 6 to 12 months), including office space and coaching for up to three people, at one of ESA BIC Sud France’s incubator locations (valued at approx. EUR 20,000)



A tuning and test of the winner’s GNSS receiver by GUIDE by replaying a pre-recorded scenario (valued at EUR 5,000)


Technical Support

Up to one day of technical support provided by CNES (Centre national d’études spatiales)

team meeting


A networking pack (valued at EUR 3,000) to be supported by Aerospace Valley and the benefit of the network of partners and events

Travel on Airplane

Travel to the Awards Ceremony

The winner will benefit from a free trip to the Galileo Masters Awards Ceremony 2019

E GNSS Accelerator

E-GNSS Accelerator support

Chance to win one of three tailored E-GNSS Accelerator incubation prizes worth EUR 62,000 and an E-GNSS Accelerator crowdfunding prize worth EUR 35,000 (find out more)

Awards 2018

An extra EUR 10,000 cash prize

If your idea gets selected as Galileo Masters 2019 Overall Winner



France, and more specifically the South of France, is one of the leading European regions for aeronautic, space, and telecommunications industries.

This vast land of innovation is home to multinational companies, SMEs, renowned research centres and institutes, and internationally recognised higher education. It therefore offers unique opportunities to innovative SMEs


One of the leading European regions for aeronautic, space, and telecommunications industries


A vast land of innovation that offers unique opportunities for SMEs


Home to multinational companies, SMEs, renowned research centres and institutions, and internationally recognised higher education


At the core of its strong support structure are nine partners that have demonstrated sound judgement and experience in creating innovative businesses


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Aerospace Valley – ESA BIC Sud France

Maxime El Haik


Regional Organiser

ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Sud France

ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Sud France

ESA BIC Sud France, created in 2013, is managed by Aerospace Valley in close cooperation with the SAFE cluster and the French Space Agency in Toulouse (CNES). The ESA BIC Sud France is run by structures that support the creation of innovative companies in Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrénées, Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, including ESTIA Entreprendre, Bordeaux Technowest, CEEI Theogone, Midi-Pyrénées Incubator, PACA-Est Incubator and Montpellier Incubator. ESA BIC Sud France itself provides valuable tools to encourage entrepreneurs to promote and exploit existing space-related patents. At the core of its strong support structure are nine partners that have demonstrated sound judgement and experience in creating innovative businesses.

Regional Partners

Aerospace Valley

Aerospace Valley

The cluster covers two geographically adjacent regions in the South-West of France: Nouvelle Aquitaine and Occitanie. Aerospace Valley gathers 840 members from industry and research including amongst others 500 SMEs as well as large corporate groups and OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), the major aerospace research establishments, engineering schools and local authorities. The purpose of Aerospace Valley is to leverage the competitiveness and visibility of all its members, both on the national and international scene and to foster the development of collaborative initiatives. It provides a specific support to SMEs helping them to take part in collaborative projects with industry leaders, investors, and research organisations. Aerospace Valley is currently managing the European Space Agency Business Incubation Center Sud France (ESA BIC Sud France).



GUIDE is specially equipped* to test the toughest GNSS solutions (Hardware, Algorithms, Receivers, Systems), either by simulation, by replay in the laboratory and live testing in real situations: urban areas, roads, rail, in the water, in the air. GUIDE activity is organised around three key skills:

  • Metrology (Legal). This aims to conduct perfectly controlled tests run according to methods from recognised laboratories or from standardisation committees.
  • Geolocation by Satellite (GNSS). This discipline includes additional technologies which consolidate information from Geolocation (Inertial …)
  • Understanding Criticality issues. This area covers integrity measurement as well as the validation of solutions which claim to conform to legal requirements.
The missions are testing services that fall into 3 categories:
  • Studying security and integrity levels inherent in Geolocation data
  • Checking the compliance of geolocation data collection methods with standards or rules in force.
  • Validating performance of GNSS equipment throughout the industrial process from design to production, including the testing of prototypes (Design & Architecture, R & D, prototyping, production).
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Since its inception in 1961, CNES "the French Space Agency" is the public organisation responsible for elaborating and directing France's space policy within Europe.
It invents space systems to meet the needs of tomorrow’s society in terms of environmental research and protection, telecommunications, security and defence and exploration of the universe. CNES masters the whole spectrum of space technologies, ensuring France and Europe independent access to space. CNES remains in permanent contact with the public authorities and the scientific and industrial communities to design and carry out innovative space programmes. As a major player in Europe’s space sector, CNES has a decisive role in positioning France and Europe at the forefront of the world’s leaders in the space industry. CNES is involved in numerous international joint projects, thereby elevating and promoting French space policy. The ESA BIC Sud France is an essential tool of the new intellectual property policy that CNES is currently preparing. More information:

Incubateur Paca Est

Paca-Est Business Incubator

Based in Sophia-Antipolis, the incubator has also permanent offices in Nice and Toulon. Created in 2001, Paca-Est Incubator provides support for projects created in connection with French public research and offers tailored coaching, training and office facilities. Paca-Est Incubator has a broad scope and supports projects with a variety of themes, in any technological field. At the end of 2011, Paca-Est Incubator registered 495 direct jobs created by the 96 companies it has supported. Through this support, these companies have achieved a leverage ratio of 14:1, when compared to the overall cost of incubation. More information:

ESTIA Entreprendre

ESTIA Entreprendre

ESTIA Entreprendre is a Galileo Masters partner and an Award ceremony co-organiser. Since 1999, it has contributed to create 121 companies and more than 800 jobs. ESTIA Entreprendre, member of the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN), is a main component of Izarbel Technology Park and ESTIA engineering school. Its main activities are: software, computer science, robotics, embedded systems, energy, aeronautics, geo-localisation and navigation. More information:

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The CEEI (Centre Européen d'Entreprise et d'Innovation) Théogene is a Science Park in Ramonville-Saint-Agne close to Toulouse in France.
More information (in French) can be found here:

Bordeaux Technowest

Bordeaux Technowest

Bordeaux Technowest is a science and technology park founded in 1989, member of EBN.
It is located close to Bordeaux international airport and has access to the runways. Bordeaux Technowest manages an incubator which promotes innovative projects and supports the creation of start-ups in the field of aeronautics, defence and space. These start-ups are accompanied in their development. They are put in contact with major actors in the European aerospace industry such as Dassault, Thales or EADS. Bordeaux Technowest also encourages technology transfer through patents exploitation. Bordeaux Technowest takes advantage of a favourable environment: More than 10 000 people work for aerospace industries within the metropolitan area of Bordeaux. The realisations are plenty: business and military aircrafts, tailpipes of boosters for Ariane rockets, military missiles, propulsion systems for missiles and rockets, embedded systems for aircraft, etc.
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BIC Montpellier Mediterranée Métropole (M3M)

BIC Montpellier Mediterranée Métropole (M3M)

With over 25 years' experience, the BIC Montpellier Mediterranée Métropole (M3M) is an incubator dedicated to start-ups with a strong growth potential. A huge offer with innovative tools and services is provided to start-ups to help them grow in the best condition.
With 3 locations (12 300m2), Cap Alpha (Cleantehc/Biotech), Cap Omega (Digital) and MIBI (international start-up), M3M is a privileged environment to start a new enterprise. The BIC M3M is a pioneer of technologic incubators in France and in Europe. Created in 1987, it received several awards for its innovative tools and coaching programs. For 2 years, BIC M3M has been in the TOP 10 of the very selective ranking of UBI Global as one of the best incubators in the world (4th). More information:

E-GNSS Accelerator Partner

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European Commission

The prize pool is co-financed by the European Commission’s DG Grow. The aim of the “E-GNSS Accelerator” is to foster the market uptake of Galileo/EGNOS and high technologies in EU28, the EEA and ENP countries.


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