Romania Challenge

PRIZE 2018

The 2018 prize description will follow soon. In 2017, the prize offered by Romania’s regional ESNC competition included:

  • EUR 2,500 prize pool (out of which EUR 1,000 provided by CS Romania) to be awarded to the winner (EUR 2,000) and the first runner-up (EUR 500) for implementing or promoting their ideas
  • A one month payed internship at the Siemens Convergence Creators center (accommodation included), in order to give insights to the winners about the space sector business, including assistance in identifying potential research partners, support in accessing public/private financing and business coaching
  • Furthermore, the winner was offered access to a training programme, in order to develop their skills on a specific technology, at their own choice, limited to EUR 500 (provided by Siemens Convergence Creators)
  • Both the winner of the regional competition, as well as the runner up, could benefit from access to technical facilities, technical consulting experts in implementing their ideas and technical support (provided by ROSA)
  • The winner participated in the ESNC 2017 Awards Ceremony (travel and accommodation covered by CS ROMANIA within a maximum amount of EUR 500).
  • The winner was eligible to access  tailored E-GNSS Accelerator business support worth EUR 62,000 (if eligible)


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  • Region

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  • Regional Organiser
    The Romanian Space Agency

    Established in 1991 and reorganised in 1995 as a public institution within Romania's Ministry of National Education, the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) develops the National Space Programme and coordinates its implementation through research projects and space applications.


    It also has the authority to establish its own research and development centres. Meanwhile, ROSA serves as the lead organisation of the Programme for Research, Development and Innovation STAR (Space Technology and Advanced Research) and represents the Romanian Government in international cooperation programs such as the European Space Agency (ESA), the United Nations (UN) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). Led by Dr. Phys. Marius-Ioan Piso, president of ROSA since 2004, the agency carries out its own research and development projects through the ROSA Research Centre.

  •  Regional Partners

    CS ROMANIA ( is an IT software services company established in Romania in 1991 by a team of research engineers with strong links to the academic environment.

    CS Romania

    Since 1998 it has become member of CS Group (, a leading technology group specialised in designing, integrating and operating mission critical systems. The CS ROMANIA’s 25 years of experience enables it to both understand and anticipate the needs of its clients, and helps in addressing the key challenges of emerging and established market segments. CS ROMANIA’s mission is to help meet the challenges of its customers through the design, build, integration and maintenance of innovative turnkey systems, featuring innovation and performance.
    Its expertise in applications and mission critical systems makes CS ROMANIA the partner of choice for major economic sectors, in particular for Space, Aeronautics, Intelligent Transportation and Energy & Industry. The company is present at the side of its customers all along the value chain, and has three main attributes that makes it a professional and trustworthy partner: the ability to act as an engineering company for major, complex and critical projects; the capacity to combine complementary skills in order to offer its customers an integrated approach (consulting, design, build and maintenance); the “power of innovation” and capability to ensure the success of strategic projects.


    Siemens Convergence Creators SRL was founded in Brasov, on October 1st, 2001, initially named Siemens Program and System Engineering SRL and starting the its activities as a subsidiary of Siemens AG Austria.


    The business laid its foundation on fixed and mobile telecommunications and offered various services which covered the entire value chain: consulting, development, integration, support & service.
    In close cooperation with the Transilvania University of Brasov, the company rapidly developed in the international business environment. Siemens PSE SRL has contributed to the activities of the research and development division – Siemens PSE ever since 2001, by providing technical know-how for the development of corporate products and services, and has successfully become a part of the division’s knowledge network.
    Every year, between 2002 and 2006, the business almost doubled its volume and number of employees, reaching a better positioning and growth on all business lines: mobile & fixed telephony and software & hardware development.
    In 2010, Siemens PSE SRL was integrated into the global CVC (former CMT) division, with a proven industry domain expertise, corporate culture and customer-orientation. In 2012, Siemens PSE changed its name into Siemens Convergence Creators S.R.L. and became an affiliate of the Siemens Convergence Creators Division (CVC), part of the Siemens Group.
    In 2013, Siemens Convergence Creators SRL started its activities in the space domain, focusing on Mission Control Systems (MCS), Electric Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) and Earth Observation topics with a strong heritage of know-how in telecommunications, software development and testing technologies for various vertical markets.

  • E-GNSS Accelerator Partner
    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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    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.


Romanian Space Agency
Mr Vlad Olteanu