THE LARGEST E-GNSS ACCELERATOR FOR SATELLITE NAVIGATION
Since 2011 GEPAS fosters the market uptake of Galileo / EGNOS and high technologies on a broad scale in Europe. Thanks to the new E-GNSS Accelerator, funded by the European Commission’s DG Grow, AZO will push the market uptake on a wider scale through a co-financing scheme to support regional prizes and business incubation.
The E-GNSS Accelerator will run for three years and will directly support the winners of the ESNC 2017, 2018 and 2019. The aim is to support entrepreneurs and startups from EU28, the EEA and ENP countries to move beyond idea conception into business incubation and to promote the development phases of true commercial ventures. This creates multiple benefits for ESNC participants as they can await even more prizes, services and three further business incubations worth an additional value of EUR 1.28 Mio.
The previous Galileo-EGNOS Prize Award Scheme (GEPAS) supported the ESNC from 2011 to 2015. Thanks to this support, the ESNC has accomplished impressive developments over the runtime of four years and transformed from an idea competition into an innovation network that contributes significantly to economic growth based on the European flagship programmes Galileo and EGNOS. More than 60 startups have been supported within the project in total. GEPAS made it possible to realise three major aims within the ESNC: To foster the establishment of Europe’s largest support mechanism for GNSS entrepreneurs, drive the commercialisation of GNSS applications, and unite Europe in space. As part of the European Commission’s current Galileo Action Plan, the scheme fosters the creation of new businesses and jobs in Europe in the downstream space market.
Join the largest E-GNSS Accelerator for satellite navigation as regional partner of the ESNC!
The E-GNSS Accelerator presents a unique opportunity to foster the market uptake of Galileo / EGNOS and high technologies in your region. Regions from EU28, the EEA and ENP countries are eligible. Regional Partners receive co-funding of up to EUR 10,000 for their prize pool which makes their Challenge even more attractive to ESNC participants. Furthermore, regional incubators involved receive up to EUR 43,000 for the incubation services of the top 3 startups. This Acceleration programme is thus a unique opportunity for regions to implement Europe’s new Space Strategy.
Do you want to boost your region with high-tech innovation? Then please contact us! We are happy to welcome you to the E-GNSS Accelerator and look forward to working together.
This innovative programme provides a customised co-financing scheme for up to 30 regional prizes per year. The participants of the E-GNSS Accelerator partner’s Regional Challenge will highly benefit from the programme as an increased ESNC prize pool will be offered, including valuable cash prizes and in-kind services.
In order to drive the market uptake of the most promising ideas and the achievement of measurable results even more, the top 30 ESNC winners and finalists will get the chance to pitch alongside the joint Awards Ceremony of the ESNC and Copernicus Masters on 7 November 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia in front of a high-ranking expert panel. The top three pitching startups per year will get access to dedicated incubation programmes at their preferred incubation centre of the ESNC network all across Europe.
Through a dedicated incubation programme, the E-GNSS Accelerator partners will support the top three startups to move beyond idea conception into incubation and development phases of true commercial ventures.
- KINEXON - from the sport market to new customers
As the overall winner of ESNC 2013, KINEXON was awarded a cash prize of EUR 10,000 that was co-funded by GEPAS... (klick '+' at the right to read more)
The scheme thus provided effective support that proved essential in implementing the winning business idea. The two PhD students behind it had developed a wearable sensor that can locate athletes with centimetre-level precision, along with a cloud-based monitoring system. They went on to start their own company at ESA Business Incubation Centre Bavaria (which is managed by AZO) and received additional follow-up financing. Since then, KINEXON has continued to grow: Its team now consists of about 40 members and cooperates with various partners, including a German Bundesliga soccer team. It also had the opportunity to participate in the world’s biggest industrial fair, Hannover Messe, in 2014. In addition, KINEXON made a huge technological breakthrough that has enabled the company to offer an indoor version of its product. It has thus widened its target market and is now working with retailers, hospitals, care homes, and manufacturers such as the American technology company Intel.
- iGeolise achieves breakthrough thanks to GEPAS
The success story of iGeolise began with its triumph in the United Kingdom Challenge in 2012. A cash prize, business and technical consulting, and PR support - all co-financed by GEPAS - helped these entrepreneurs get their winning idea off the ground... (klick '+' at the right to read more)
Their innovation involves a platform on which people can perform map searches in terms of time, turning miles into minutes in the process. As part of its prize package, iGeolise was featured in a PR campaign that included an interview in The Guardian, which directly led to its first big client: the property group Countrywide. Shortly thereafter, its members also entered incubation at ESA Business Incubation Centre Harwell (UK). But where does iGeolise stand today? The start-up has since developed into a company that employs 11 people and cooperates with major clients from various industries, such as VisitBritain and Nissan. It operates in several countries around the world, including the UK, the USA, Australia, Ireland, France, Switzerland, and Thailand. During its expansion, iGeolise also opened a branch office in Lithuania, which is where its technical team is now based. Just recently, EURONEWS – Business Planet broadcasted a programme detailing the company’s success story and the opportunities the ESNC offers to entrepreneurs in the space sector.
- Ampido – the number-one parking app with support from GEPAS
In ESNC 2013, Ampido won the GNSS Living Lab Prize with an app that helps people reserve and rent private parking spaces. This can greatly improve the traffic situation in densely populated cities... (klick '+' at the right to read more)
Thanks to consulting and product development assistance co-financed by GEPAS, the start-up has successfully established a position on the market. Today, Ampido claims to be the number-one parking app in Europe. The company operates in 150 cities and has official assignments from cities to rent out their public parking spaces and implement parking space management systems. Recently, Ampido accomplished another notable milestone in being accepted into the H2020 project GrowSmarter, which involves EUR 25 million in funding.
- CatUAV opens BCN Drone Center
In 2011, CatUAV won the Catalonia Prize with a mini-UAV designed for civilian use. It received a cash prize, business consulting, and cartography licences co-funded by GEPAS... (klick '+' at the right to read more)
These tailored services have aided the company in advancing its technology and selling it on the market. Just recently, CatUAV opened the BCN Drone Center near Barcelona – one of only 10 test areas for UAVs worldwide. The Spanish government authorised CatUAV to use 2,500 hectares of segregated airspace for UAV flights and approved an obstacle-free UAV airfield spanning a further four hectares. This was a great step forward, as the new BCN Drone Center offers workshops, a hangar, offices, a ground control station, and other facilities needed to develop and test UAV systems.
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