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Start-up Programme

 

Designed to promote start-up creation and growth in the downstream sector, the Copernicus Start-up Programme accompanies start-ups from the generation of a business idea to its full commercialisation. The programme consists of four components: the Copernicus Prizes, the Copernicus Accelerator, the Copernicus Incubation Programme and the Copernicus AppCamps.

 

 

 

The Copernicus Prizes support the generation of new business ideas and are awarded in the context of the Copernicus Masters competition.

 

The Copernicus Masters 2018 competition was open for submissions until 30 June 2018. For more information, visit the Copernicus Masters website.

 

 

 

 

The Copernicus Accelerator aims to speed up the uptake of Copernicus by fostering the development of innovative commercial space applications and products. It offers a unique coaching service to help start-ups turning their groundbreaking ideas into commercialised solutions.

 

Apply before 15 September to participate in the 2018 Accelerator. For more information, visit the Copernicus Accelerator website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Copernicus Hackathons are sprint-like events in which computer programmers and subject-experts collaborate intensively to develop software, based on Copernicus data and services in response to global problems (e.g. climate change, public health).

 

To organise you own hackathon and obtain financing up to EUR 20,000, apply through the permanent open call (for more information visit the Hackathon website). The second application phase is open until 31 December 2018.

 

 

 

The Copernicus Incubation Programme will support the most innovative and commercially-promising business applications based on Copernicus data and services by giving 50,000 EUR to 20 European start-ups every year, to finance their incubation in an organisation of their choice.

 

To obtain funding to finance your incubation, apply to the next selection round before 17 August 2018. Visit the programme's website to learn more about the different opportunities it has to offer! See information on the first selection round.

 

 

 

 

In conclusion, here is depicted the overall architecture of the Copernicus start-up programme set up by the European Commission:

 

 

 

In addition to these different initiatives developed specifically for the Copernicus programme, the European Space Agency (ESA) has initiated its own Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs).