Copernicus Masters

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The Copernicus Masters is Europe’s leading innovation competition for new ideas using Earth observation data.  The competition is focused around a series of Challenges across business and public services and looks for new solutions using EO data from the Copernicus programme.

The Copernicus programme ensures Earth Observation data from the ESA Sentinel satellites is ‘freely and openly’ available to stimulate the creation of new products and services.

If you are a developer, an entrepreneur or a start-up with an innovative application idea, the Copernicus Masters offers you the chance to accelerate your idea to market.

The competition includes exciting topic specific challenges that are being awarded by an array of prominent partners, such as the European Space Agency (ESA), Planet, Airbus & DLR. In 2018, the Catapult is supporting the Data Visualisation challenge.

Prizes include cash, business support and the chance to join Europe’s biggest network of Earth observation experts opening up new opportunities.

Catapult Challenge

The Satellite Applications Catapult in partnership with the UK Space Agency is looking for new solutions that apply data visualisation tools to Copernicus, and other EO, data. Solutions should visualise data in a way that offers an interactive and user-friendly experience for customers. The most compelling solutions will show consideration for the user experience throughout the design process. Solutions should transform geospatial data into actionable information by applying technologies such as AR, VR, 3D modelling, gaming software or any other data visualisation tool to enhance and improve customer interaction with data. Participants are encouraged to explore the integration of Copernicus data with other non-space data sets in the development of their solution, potentially from UAVs, in-situ-sensor networks or customers own data. Submissions can be across any market area, but should be commercially viable and meet genuine customer requirements.

For further information on the Catapult’s challenge and criteria, please visit:

Additional Challenges

There are eight additional Partner Challenges in 2018 and a University Challenge. Also, the European Commission is supporting a further six challenges.

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Catapult Support

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The winner of the Catapult’s Challenge will win:

  • Business development support package valued at £5,000 and tailored to the needs of the winner which could include business modelling, design, technical support or IP guidance.
  • Substantial satellite data quota worth EUR 5,000 (financial support by EC)
  • Access to the Copernicus Accelerator programme (if eligible)

The overall winner – the Copernicus Master – will be selected from among the winners of each challenge by a panel of experts.


Applications Open: 1 April 2018

Entry deadline: 30 June 2018

How to Apply

Register on the Copernicus Master Ideas Database –

Further information

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