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The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is open to anybody with an idea which utilises satellite navigation technology; be it for position, time, navigation or any other application. 

How to enter 2017 Awards

Entry to the 2017 awards opened on 1 April 2017. You will need to visit the ESNC website to fill in your application. To help you complete this form for your idea, please visit the ESNC Ideas Database and follow this guide:

  • Scroll down to the section which says ‘register’. Fill in all of your details, tick the box to say you agree to terms and conditions (once they have been read).
  • You will then need to choose whether or not you wish to be entered for a Special Topic Prize
  • Click ‘register’.
  • You will then be taken to the application process. Begin by filling in all of your personal details and those of your business.
  • To complete the application, you will need to complete 4 areas – technological, commercial, legal and file uploads that include your logo. After you fill in the details required on each section, click ‘save’ and then click ‘next’ – this will mean you can navigate away from the page and return later to complete your application if need be.
  • As you complete each area, it will be ticked off for you. Once all areas are complete, they will all be ticked and your application is complete. It will be automatically submitted for you by the system. You do not need to do anything else.

If you get during the application process or wish to complete it later, simply click ‘save’ and then use your login details to return at another time. If you have any questions, or need any help, please contact us. We can help!


The UK ESNC prize can turn your business idea into a commercial success. The combination of a cash investment with high-level business support and a promotional campaign will strengthen your proposition and expand your network.

First Prize

  • £5,000 cash prize
  • Business support package (includes business consultancy and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) technical consultancy)
  • Intellectual Property advice from Marks & Clerk, Intellectual Property Attorneys
  • Introductions to technology partners and funding opportunities
  • High profile national and international PR campaign

Second Prize

  • £2,000 cash
  • Business support package (includes business consultancy and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) technical consultancy)

Third Prize

  • Business support package (includes business consultancy and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) technical consultancy)

All UK entrants will receive technical and commercial feedback on their idea from the judging panel and will be eligible to participate in Catapult business support programmes.

Overall European Winner (additional cash prize of €10,000)

The overall winner of the competition will be selected from among all regional and special prize winners by an international panel of experts to receive an additional €10,000.


The judging panel for the UK ESNC 2015 is made up of UK experts and business leaders in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), with representatives from the satellite industry and academia.

Judging criteria for UK ESNC

The judging criteria are focused around the core areas of innovation, benefit and a defined business plan. The judges will base their conclusions on their expert understanding of the:

  • Potential benefit of an idea for the satellite technology industry and how the idea differs from other, already available solutions
  • Technological feasibility, time to market, and business planning of the idea
  • Investment potential and likelihood of commercial application and success of the idea

All applications are fully considered by the judging panel, and all completed UK entries receive written feedback.

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