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Select the region that would best support your business case and choose from awesome special prizes to win your share of the EUR 1 Mio. prize pool.

 

SIGN UP FROM 1 APRIL TO 30 JUNE

 

 

 

WHY JOIN THE ESNC

Got a service, product, or business idea that uses satellite navigation in everyday life? Then put it on the fast track with help from the largest innovation and incubation network dedicated to satellite navigation.

30+ awesome prizes worth EUR >1 Mio

Access to 160+ space-related stakeholders

Business support from over 40 incubators

Great expertise from more than 250 experts

PRIZES WORTH EUR 1 MIO

No matter where you are with your project, service, or business innovation, compete for top prizes that will help you launch your business!

CASH PRIZES

BUSINESS INCUBATION

BUSINESS COACHING

PATENT CONSULTING

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

ACCESS TO TESTING FACILITIES

PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT

PUBLICITY

MARKETING SUPPORT

MARKET & FEASIBILITY STUDIES

ACCESS TO EXPERTS

ACCESS TO PUBLIC FUNDING

APPLY FOR TWO CHALLENGES

There are two tracks in the competition: regional and special prize challenges. Choose the Region that would best support your business case from more than 20 partners regions worldwide. No matter where you are located, we have the perfect match for you. Regional partner organisations include national space agencies, ministries, space clusters, universities, and incubators. This excellent network of more than 160 stakeholders constitutes the backbone of the ESNC and the key to boosting your business success!

In addition, submit your idea for one of the awesome Special Prizes offered by leading European space stakeholders. Special Prizes are partnered by institutional and research partners who are searching for innovative solutions tailored to their specific needs in various satellite navigation related fields. The format is also intended to encourage joint realisation of the winning idea by the winner and the partner.

The ESNC Overall Winner is selected from among all Regional and Special Prize winners by an international panel of high-ranking experts. This outstanding entrant is revealed at the festive Awards Ceremony and receives an additional cash award of EUR 10.000 to be used at their own discretion.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

The 14th edition of the ESNC offers prizes worth more than EUR 1 Mio, comprising both cash and in-kind services tailored to help you boost your business. Choose the regional challenge that would best support your business case from more than 20 partner regions worldwide. Double your chances to win and have a look what our Special Prizes can offer you. The Overall Winner will be selected from among all Regional and Special Prize winners. In addition, the TOP 10 winners will be eligible for selection as one of three candidates to receive incubation support (value of over EUR 60,000 each) as part of the E-GNSS Accelerator programme, co-financed by the European Commission.

RULES

  • TERMS OF PARTICIPATION

    Here you can download the latest version of the 2017 Terms of Participation

    TERMS OF PARTICIPATION IN THE EUROPEAN SATELLITE NAVIGATION

    COMPETITION 2017 OF ANWENDUNGSZENTRUM GMBH OBERPFAFFENHOFEN

    Content of Terms as of 21.03.2017

     

    ORGANISER OF THE EUROPEAN SATELLITE NAVIGATION COMPETITION 2017

    Organiser of the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2017 is Anwendungszentrum GmbH

    Oberpfaffenhofen.

     

    SUBJECT MATTER OF THE COMPETITION

    With the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2017, the organiser intends to gather ideas / solutions

    for commercial applications of satellite navigation and promote individual ideas by offering prizes.

     

    RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE

    Enterprises, scientific institutions, and individuals of legal adult age are entitled to participate in the European

    Satellite Navigation Competition 2017.

    SUBMISSION PERIOD OF THE EUROPEAN SATELLITE NAVIGATION COMPETITION 2017

    You are requested to electronically submit your contributions from April 1st, 2017 until midday (11:59 a.m.

    CEST) on June 30th, 2017. Please refer to the procedure described below.

     

    PROCEDURE

    The competition will be organised and carried out exclusively in English via a secure online ideas database

    accessible at www.esnc.eu. Registration is required at www.esnc.eu to create a user account, which may

    then be used to submit innovative business ideas to any of the regional and special prizes. When creating an

    account, participants will be asked to provide contact details, which the Organiser will use to inform them of

    all matters related to the European Satellite Navigation Competition as well as any other matter which the

    Organiser may deem relevant for a participant of the innovation competition. Once registration has been

    finished, participants will receive a confirmation link to log in. Participants will be asked to choose an account

    password that will allow to temporarily save and process the content for the idea submission on the server

    until it has the desired form.

    After logging in, you must select a region for your idea / solution; that region’s expert team will review your

    idea. As such, the regions available for selection are stated at: www.region.esnc.eu

    New regions may be added during the competition runtime. Any additional region will be announced on the

    competition website www.esnc.eu. The list of regions stated on the website always reflects the most current

    status.

    Participants in the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2017 also have the option of competing for

    special prizes sponsored by institutional, industry and research partners. After logging in, you can decide

    whether you would like to also enter your idea / solution for one of these prizes awarded by the companies /

    institutions as stated on the competition website under www.specialprizes.esnc.eu. These prizes will be

    awarded independently of participation in a partner region of the European Satellite Navigation Competition

    2017. Each of these partner organisations will have their own expert team to evaluate the ideas / solutions

    submitted for one of these prizes.

    Details on the objectives and prizes on offer can be found on the competition website. Any participant

    wishing to compete for one of the special prizes can indicate as such when registering for the European

    Satellite Navigation Competition 2017 by choosing from the dropdown menu in the online database.

    Choosing none of the options will automatically be taken as an indication of non-participation.

    You may enter more than one idea using the same personal account (= different new solutions), but you are

    not allowed to enter the same idea in different regions or for different special prizes.

    During the competition, the regional organisers and special prize sponsors may contact you anonymously.

    This means your contact data will not be revealed. The purpose of them having the possibility to contact you,

    is to assist and support you with your participation. Your contact data will only be revealed when you answer

    such a request or after the finalists and winners have been selected.

    You must submit your idea and fill out the mandatory data and fields in the database no later than midday

    (11:59 a.m. CEST) on 30th June, 2017. Only those ideas / solutions that contain all the mandatory

    information will be considered. Your idea / solution will then be submitted to the expert panel of your chosen

    region and to the expert panel of the respective special prize sponsor. All experts assigned with the

    evaluation of the submitted ideas must commit to a non-disclosure agreement before the ideas are put

    forward for evaluation. This non-disclosure agreement will be concluded between Anwendungszentrum

    GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen and each of the experts.

    The evaluation of the ideas is an anonymous process. Each idea will receive its own identification number.

    During the evaluation process, the experts are only able to see this ID. However, some regions or special

    prize sponsors may invite a small number of finalists to deliver a personal pitch. If you are invited to present

    your idea to the experts personally, your identity will obviously be disclosed. However, at this stage you will

    already be nominated as a finalist.

    With your participation, you agree that your contact details will be passed on to the regional partner of the

    region in which you have registered your idea and, if chosen, to the respective special prize sponsor after the

    database has been closed and the winners have been chosen. That partner / sponsor may contact you to

    determine whether you are interested in moving forward with your idea.

     

    AWARDING OF PRIZES

    The regional expert teams will select, at their discretion, one winning idea for each participating region. From

    these regional winners and the special prize winners, under the supervision of a legal counsel, an

    international expert team will select the Overall Winner 2017. The Organiser and the Partners shall assume

    no liability whatsoever for the outcome of the selection process.

    The ceremony for the Overall Winner 2017, the regional winners, and the special prize winners will take

    place in autumn 2017 (exact date and place tbd). In addition, each panel of experts may nominate up to five

    runners-up.

    More detailed information on the Overall Prize will be announced on the competition website www.esnc.eu at

    a later stage.

     

    CONFIDENTIALITY

    We have taken measures in the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2017 to ensure the confidentiality

    of your transmitted idea / solution. The transmitted ideas / solutions and the saved treatment statuses will be

    protected against any access by unauthorised third parties. The personnel and experts charged with carrying

    out the competition are committed to treating all matters confidentially.

    During the awards ceremony, the awarded ideas / solutions will also be made public along with the prize

    winners.

    By participating in this competition, each participant agrees that the Organiser may use the name, address,

    comments, likeness, photos (incl. photos taken of the winner at the ESNC Awards Ceremony), and a

    description of the idea, if the participant accepts any prize, in publicity or advertising concerning this

    competition or otherwise in any medium now known or hereafter devised (including the internet or other

    interactive networks) at any place and time without further compensation or right of review and agrees to

    waive his / her rights with respect to such publicity and advertising.

    Once an idea / solution has been publicly recognised, Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen takes

    no further responsibility regarding the further cooperation of the respective winner with any of the prize

    sponsors, regional management organisations or members of the expert panels. This also includes cases in

    which no cooperation between a winner and the respective prize sponsor or regional management

    organisation materialises despite the award.

     

    RIGHTS

    The rights you hold pertaining to your idea / solution will remain with you. Whether you realise your ideas by

    yourself or with a partner selected by you is left to your discretion. Through participation in the European

    Satellite Navigation Competition 2017, you will not acquire any rights to the idea. We strongly recommend

    that you discuss the protection of your idea / solution with the management team of the region for which you

    intend to submit your idea / solution, as they should have access to experts experienced in this field (e.g.

    patent agents, lawyers). You may protect your idea by applying for a patent, utility model, or another form of

    protection right.

    Prior to your participation in the competition, you should notify your employer of your idea if you have

    developed it in or in connection with your employment. Through your participation in the European Satellite

    Navigation Competition 2017 and / or the publication of the idea / solution during the awards ceremony, any

    protection of your idea (if not previously protected by a patent) may be rendered void or otherwise lost. Your

    idea may become common property. We strongly recommend that you sufficiently protect your idea. Despite

    all our efforts to keep your idea / information confidential prior to its publication, you understand and

    acknowledge that neither the Organiser nor the Partners assume any liability for any damage resulting from

    your idea / information becoming public.

    In participating, you affirm that you are the sole owner of all rights pertaining to the idea submitted and that

    your participation will not violate the rights of any third party. Should any third-party rights nonetheless come

    to light, you further affirm that Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen will not be made liable for any

    amount of resulting damages / claims.

     

    MISCELLANEOUS

    The award decisions will not be subject to dispute in a court of law. Decisions of the experts of the

    competition are final and binding for all participants in all aspects of the competition. Participants have no

    right to a statement of the experts’ decisions.

    Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen takes no responsibility regarding the provision of the prizes

    offered by any of the special prize sponsors or regional management organisations. This also includes the

    payment of cash awards or the conduction of in-kind services. The fulfilment of the services offered is the

    sole responsibility of the respective special prize sponsor or regional management organisation.

    Each winner is responsible for all federal, state, local, provisional and other taxes.

    The Organiser reserves the right to modify these terms, including any of the deadlines set forth herein, at

    any time.

    Participation in this competition shall be governed by German law. Place of jurisdiction shall be Munich,

    Germany.

     

    CONTACT

    For information on the competition please visit: www.esnc.eu

    If you have any further questions please inquire at support@esnc.eu or refer to your region’s main contact Point.

     

  • EVALUATION PROCESS

    All complete entries are assessed by the expert panels of the respective Regional and Special Prize challenges. All experts assigned to evaluate the submitted ideas have to accept a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) in order to gain access to the proposals

    The Overall Winner of the ESNC is selected from among all the Regional and Special Prize winners by an international panel of high-ranking experts. The Overall Winner is selected in a secret vote and revealed at the annual Awards Ceremony.

    The experts are asked to assess the ideas based mainly on the following criteria:

    • Potential benefit(s) of the idea
    • Innovation level
    • Significance of the use of GNSS in realising the idea
    • Technological feasibility
    • Availability of a prototype
    • Chances of becoming a commercial success
    • Investment potential
    • Time it would take to implement (time to market)
    • Legal risks
    • Advantage(s) compared to other existing/conventional solutions
    • Patent eligibility
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

    The protection of Intellectual Property (IP) has our top priority.

    Therefore, we have taken measures to ensure the confidentiality of the transmitted entries and protect IP against any access by unauthorised third parties. Nobody receives any rights on the submitted ideas. All IP always remains with the idea holder. The personnel and experts charged with carrying out the competition are committed to treating all matters confidentially and must accept a Non-Disclosure-Agreement (NDA) before getting access to the proposals.

HELPDESK

We offer you a dedicated helpdesk covering all sorts of queries. Our service staff are the primary point of contact for participants of the ESNC. So if you have any question about the competition please get in touch through the below contact point:

E-mail: support@esnc.eu

Support is provided in English and German.

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