Running from 2017 until 2019, the E-GNSS Accelerator is an exciting feature of the ESNC. This unique initiative funded by the European Commission provides multiple benefits to the ESNC winners and finalists, including more prizes, coaching services and three further business incubations worth an additional value of EUR 1.28 Mio. The overall aim of the programme 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.


Exclusive incubation packages for the top 3 ESNC winners!

ESNC winners and finalists benefit from an increased prize pool thanks to the E-GNSS Accelerator, but they can benefit even more: If they are among the top 10 ESNC winners, they get invited to an exclusive Bootcamp taking place before the ESNC Awards Ceremony. The top 3 Bootcamp candidates then get awarded in front of a high-ranking audience at the ESNC Awards Ceremony and receive an additional incubation and acceleration prize package worth EUR 62,000.


Want to become part of the E-GNSS Accelerator and benefit from individual acceleration support? It’s never been easier:

  1. Choose your challenge in 2019
  2. Register in the online database when it opens
  3. Get support from your Challenge contact point (see dedicated Challenge landing pages)
  4. Complete your idea entry
  5. Convince the experts with a breathtaking application and become one of the ten best ESNC 2019 candidates to get invited to the E-GNSS Accelerator Bootcamp!
  6. Deliver the perfect pitch and be among the three winners of additional E-GNSS Accelerator business support!

Check out the 2018 Challenges


Still not 100% sure? Check out the FAQ or send us an e-mail. We will be pleased to assist you in turning your business idea into reality!





This year, the top 10 ESNC 2018 winners will get invited to the E-GNSS Accelerator Bootcamp taking place directly before the Joint International Awards Ceremony of the ESNC and Copernicus Masters at the beginning of December 2018. Stay tuned for more details coming soon by subscribing  to the ESNC newsletter!


2017 Bootcamp

On 7 November 2017, the top 10 ESNC winners were invited to the exclusive E-GNSS Accelerator Bootcamp in line with the European Space Week in Tallinn, Estonia. In front of a high-ranking expert panel the candidates presented how further incubation services would enable them to accelerate their business ideas and to start real commercial ventures. The top three candidates received incubation and acceleration packages worth EUR 62,000 each to complement business incubation at their preferred incubation centre of the ESNC network all across Europe.

Find out more about the agenda of this very first bootcamp of its kind here.


First Winner 

60 Years of EU: The most innovative application fostering European Integration – presented by GSA
CENTRIP – ChildrEN TRIp Protector, submitted by Ewa Kadziolka and team

Second Winner 

Galicia / Spain Challenge
ALIVETOR: Alive Victims Detector onboard of an UAV, submitted by Pablo González and Jorge Munir El Malek Vázquez

Third Winner 

ESA space solutions® Prize and France Challenge Winner
Attestis: No More Late Objections to New Buildings, submitted by Guilhem Ensuque and team


University Challenge Winner
J911 Prototype: Crowdsourced GNSS Jammer Detection, submitted by Luka Strizic and Prof Dennis M. Akos

Baden-Württemberg / Germany Challenge Winner
Distributed Ground Station Network (DGSN), submitted by Andreas Hornig and team

Czech Republic Challenge Winner
Protecting wild animals during harvesting with Galileo-enabled UAVs, submitted by Jakub Karas and team

Ireland Challenge Winner
DroneSAR: Transforming Drones for Search & Rescue, submitted by Leo Murray and team

Madrid / Spain Challenge Winner
Underground Visualisation for Utility Management, submitted by Dr Stratos Stylianidis and team

Romania Challenge Winner
PharGO: Pharmacy on the GO!, submitted by Teodor-Alexandru Sararu and Andra Mihaela Oancea

Valencian Community / Spain Challenge Winner
Stratolloon: A Reusable High-Altitude Laboratory, submitted by Jorge Sancho Muñoz


Feel like a winner as well? Then go ahead, choose your challenge and submit a pioneering application to maximise your chances to get invited to the E-GNSS Accelerator Bootcamp 2019 on 4 December 2018 in Marseille!

Join the largest Accelerator for satellite navigation!

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.


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Since 2004, the ESNC has served as an accelerating instrument for startups and entrepreneurs with the most forward-thinking applications based on satellite navigation. The E-GNSS Accelerator now contributes to this success with a customised co-financing scheme for up to 30 regional prizes per year offering the following benefits:

  • Co-financing of up to EUR 10,000 for regional prizes
  • Additional EUR 43,000 for regional incubators from ESNC network provided to the top three E-GNSS Accelerator winners
  • Increase in participation rate of regional prizes
  • Enhanced support of entrepreneurs, startups, and spin-offs in the downstream space market
  • Key position in the implementation of Europe‘s new Space Strategy
  • Enhancement of national space activities to an international level
  • Promotion among the international GNSS community
  • Network access to 140 GNSS stakeholders such as EC, GSA, ESA, & DLR
  • Enhancement of regional & global collaboration for sustained synergy benefits


Want to boost your region with high-tech innovation?

Discover all the benefits of the E-GNSS Acccelerator in the fact sheet.

Find out more about the E-GNSS Accelerator’s mission and its multiple opportunities in the news article.

Who’s eligible?

Regions from EU28, the EEA and ENP countries are eligible.






  • 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.


Thanks to the E-GNSS Accelerator, funded by the European Commission’s DG Grow, AZO will push the market uptake of Galileo / EGNOS on a wider scale through a co-financing scheme which supports 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 satellite downstream space market.



Ines Kühnert

Project Manager
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Ulrike Daniels

Business Development
Head of Acceleration Programme
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