European Satellite Navigation Competition and Copernicus Masters 2015 Discovery Workshop – Newcastle



Science Central,
Bath Lane,
Newcastle upon Tyne


20/05/2015 - 8:30 am


20/05/2015 - 10:30 am

Event Aim

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 to discuss your idea in confidence, the Catapult and North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence 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. 


(subject to change)

08:15  Registration / Coffee and Breakfast (Breakfast provided)
08:30  Introduction to the ESNC – Doug Watson, Satellite Applications Catapult
08:40  “Opportunities for Business in Space”  – Dr Katherine Bass, Head of Application Strategy, UK Space Agency
08:50  Introduction to the Copernicus Masters – Doug Watson, Satellite Applications Catapult
09:00  Q&A
09:10 “A Guide to Intellectual Property (IP) for Business” – Tim Hargreaves, Chartered and European Patent Attorney, Marks & Clerk 
09:25  Networking with tea and coffee
09:30  1-to-1 clinics to discuss your business competition idea in confidence or receive business or IP advice – 

Business Clinic – Callum Norrie, Space Network Scotland Competitions
Technical Clinic – Doug Watson, Satellite Applications Catapult
Intellectual Property Clinic – Michael Street, Patent Attorney, Marks & Clerk

10:30  Close


Register for the Newcastle event via this online form.

More Information

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 and information about the Copernicus Masters at

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