Opportunity for UK business mentors to participate in EC-funded Copernicus Accelerator

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Copernicus AcceleratorTo accelerate user uptake of the European Union’s Earth observation (EO) programme Copernicus, and to foster the development of commercial space applications using EO data, the European Commission (EC) has launched the Copernicus Accelerator.

The accelerator is focused on providing a tailored business coaching service for up to 40 finalists in the Copernicus Masters EO innovation competition, of which the Satellite Applications Catapult, UK Space Agency and Innovate UK are sponsors.

Organisers of the Copernicus Accelerator are seeking business mentors to sign-up to the expert database so that successful applicants selected to join the accelerator programme can be matched with a mentor.

Accelerator participants will be able to determine the focus of this coaching, including business plan development, business modelling, customer acquisition or raising capital.

Each mentor will work with up to two participants for approximately six to eight months. At the end of this collaboration, the two parties will be required to deliver a report to the EC highlighting the impact and outcomes of the mentoring process, and the mentor will then receive €5,000 for their contribution.

The Copernicus Accelerator will kick-start with a boot camp in Madrid on 24 October 2016 to which participants and mentors will be supported to attend.

Apply to become a mentor

The closing date to apply is 16 September 2016.

To complete the application, mentors must provide a short CV outlining their main business activities and upload references from customers – preferably start-ups they have previously supported.

The assessment criteria for mentors is as follows:

  • Experts must be employed with a legal identity registered in the territory of one of the Copernicus Participating Countries*, whose business purpose is focused on business consulting, e.g. business incubation centres, consulting companies, business intermediaries, university-based start-up centres, innovation agencies etc.


  • Individual mentors are citizens of one of the Copernicus Participating Countries*, with a proven track record of customer references (preferably start-ups) that they have mentored in the chosen field of expertise
  • No conflict of interest

*The Copernicus Participating Countries include all the EU Member States, in addition to Norway and Iceland.

The Satellite Applications Catapult, supported by the UK Space Agency and Innovate UK, is a partner in the Copernicus Masters competition. Together, the three organisations support the Sustainable Living Challenge to encourage new ideas for products and services that help solve the challenges of a growing global population.

For further information regarding the Copernicus Accelerator, please contact Silvia Corti at  Silvia.Corti@anwendungszentrum.de


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