Do you have an idea for a new product or service that uses satellite positioning, navigation and timing technology (e.g. GPS), or satellite Earth observation data? If so, in 2015, Europe’s leading space business competitions, the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) and the Copernicus Masters could help you accelerate your ideas into a commercial success.
The competitions are designed to support the development of new products and services offering a cash prize and comprehensive business support worth £10,000 to the UK winners of the ESNC with the chance to enter the ESNC European Grand Prize to win around £15,000 (€20,000). The Copernicus Masters is based around a series of challenges with a total prize pool of around £220,000 (€300,000) with each challenge winner entered into the European Grand Prize to win around £15,000 (€20,000).
To learn more about the competitions, hear from previous winners, and discuss your idea in confidence, the Catapult and EMBRACE are hosting a discovery workshop to help you complete your entry. We are looking for ideas, not fully formed business plans at this stage, so if you’re a student, entrepreneur or established business with an innovative satellite application we want to hear from you.
09:45 Registration / Coffee
10:00 Introduction to the ESNC – Doug Watson, Satellite Applications Catapult
10:15 Intoduction to the Copernicus Masters – Doug Watson, Satellite Applications Catapult
10:30 Competition insights from the Univeristy of Nottingham winner of the overall Copernicus Master 2015 – Paul Bhatia, University of Nottingham
10:40 University Challenge – Steve Fuller, University of Nottingham
11:00 Break – Tea and Coffee
11:10 A Guide to Intellectual Property for business – Duncan White, Patent Attorney, Marks & Clerk
11:20 Health check for your business idea – Shan Mairembam, Senior Licensing and Commercialisation Manager, Enterprise and Business Development, University of Leicester
12:00 Networking, 1-to-1 sessions and light lunch
The competitions opened on 1 April and close for entries on 30 June 2015. More information about the UK leg of ESNC can be found at www.ukesnc.com and information about the Copernicus Masters at www.copernicus-masters.com