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), CGI, T-Systems, Astrosat and DLR. In 2017, the Catapult is supporting the Sustainable Living 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 Sustainable Living Challenge from the Satellite Applications Catapult is looking for innovative solutions that address some of the key challenges we face as a global community. The Challenge judges are looking for ideas to support sustainable development that have genuine market potential. Ideas are welcome in the following application areas that use Earth observation data to support:

  • Agriculture and food security
  • City planning and management
  • Resilient infrastructure
  • Natural resource management from mining to water
  • Conservation of important habitats
  • Sustainable use of the oceans

Applicants are encouraged to explore the integration of satellite Earth observation data with other data sets, potentially from UAVs or in-situ-sensor networks, to create a new or improved product or service. Prototypes are not necessary, but participants must demonstrate how the idea could be implemented, the data sources involved, and a clear understanding of the market opportunity. For further information on the Catapult’s challenge and criteria, please visit:

Additional Challenges

There are six additional Partner Challenges in 2017 and a University Challenge. Also, new for 2017, the European Commission is supporting a further six challenges.

Up to 50 competition finalists from across the Challenges will be invited to join the Copernicus Accelerator programme which will take place at the International Award Ceremony in Tallinn on 7 November 2017. The programme offers business mentoring for 6 to 8 months to help business and product development.

Catapult Support

If you wish to discuss this competition with a member of the Catapult competitions support staff, please email: or


The winner of the Catapult’s Challenge will win:

  • Business support package worth £5,000 to support the commercial realisation of the winning idea
  • Substantial satellite data quota worth €5,000 (financial support by EC)
  • Access to the Copernicus Accelerator programme (if eligible)
  • Ticket to the next satellite launch in Kourou

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 2017

Entry deadline: 11.59am on 30 June 2017

How to Apply

Register on the Copernicus Master Ideas Database –

Further information

For more information, visit:

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