ESNC 2016 is going into extra time: Competition deadline extended to 11 July

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The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) has extended the deadline for entries until 08:00 (BST) on Monday 11 July 2016.

There is still time, if you have a business idea that uses satellite technology for location, tracking or timing, to complete the online entry form to win a share of a £1 million prize fund.

It takes just a couple of hours to complete an application and you could win cash prizes, business incubation and coaching, patent consulting and marketing support and access to a large European network of over 100 supporters.

Applications are via the competition website.ÿ The competition is aimed at individuals, start-ups or companies with great ideas that have commercial potential.ÿ No detailed business plan is required, the judges are looking for innovative applications in satellite based geo-location and people with the passion to turn their ideas into a success.

In 2016, the winner of the UK region will receive:

  • œ5,000 cash investment and a business and technical support package to help accelerate your business idea including intellectual property advice from leading trademark and patent attorneys, Marks & Clerk
  • A package of support from the Royal Institute of Navigation including one year’s Guest Small Business Membership of the Institute and an elevator pitch slot at the International Navigation Conference 2016
  • Access to a series of ESA Business Incubator Centre (BIC) support workshops. These cover topics such as; branding, marketing, sales, accountancy, intellectual property, and HR for small businesses. This can be used to help transform the winning idea into a feasible business plan leading to a full application to the ESA BIC Harwell.

All winners will receive tickets and accommodation to attend the competition Awards Ceremony on 25 October 2016, which is to be held for the first time in Madrid, Spain and followed by the third Satellite Masters Conference on 26 October.ÿ This is a great opportunity to meet the partners in the ESNC network, industry stakeholders, investors and like-minded entrepreneurs.

If you have any questions about the application process or would like to speak with one of the UK team, please email For competition updates follow @ESNC_ and @SatAppsCatapult

The UK ESNC competition round is supported by the Satellite Applications Catapult, Innovate UK, UK Space Agency, Marks & Clerk, Airbus Defence and Space, STFC and ESA BIC Harwell, Royal Institute of Navigation, Ashby House and Allen, Everest and Associates.