Bavaria / Germany Challenge

PRIZE 2017

The winner of the Bavaria Regional Prize will receive:

  • A EUR 10,000 cash prize to be used at the winner’s discretion.
  • An incubation package sponsored by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs at Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO) valued at EUR 25,000
  • Furthermore the winner will be able to apply for admission to the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Bavaria, which provides startups with financial and technical support at three branch offices: Oberpfaffenhofen, Ottobrunn, and Nürnberg. Upon successful approval the winner will be eligible for an additional EUR 25,000 in incentive funding from ESA, as well as an optional loan from one of the cooperating local banks.
  • If selected for the ESA BIC programme the winner is offered office space and shared facilities at their choice of one of three Bavarian locations.
  • The winner will also benefit from AZO’s extensive network and from its renowned partners such as the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Airbus Defence and Space, and Fraunhofer IIS, depending on the chosen location.


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  • Region

    The economic region of Munich is one of the top business locations in Europe for aviation, astronautics and satellite navigation, boasting 234 companies and seven renowned research institutes.

    With a turnover of EUR 6.9 billion in 2010 and over 36,000 employees in industry and research, aerospace and satellite navigation make a major contribution to the economic power of Munich as a business location. Employees in these industries are highly qualified and specialised, 60% of the staff in aerospace and 83% of those in satellite navigation are university graduates. As a classic high-tech, research-intensive industry, aerospace is constantly providing other industries with significant technological impulses. Satellite navigation, while still young as a commercial industry, is emerging as a sunrise industry with the potential of becoming a key player in the coming years.
    Besides big system integrators such as EADS, there are well-known suppliers to the aerospace industry as well as to operations in specialised engineering and machining tools at all tiers of the supply chain in the Munich economic region.
    The aerospace and satellite navigation companies in the Munich economic region truly live up to the reputation of their field as being highly research-intensive: On average the aerospace companies invested 18.9% of their turnover in research and development. That puts them ahead of the national average for the aerospace industry, at 15.8%.

    source: IHK für München und Oberbayern

  • Regional Organiser
    Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO)

    AZO was set up in 2001 by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs at the prominent aerospace location Oberpfaffenhofen, located near Munich in Germany.

    The company’s main goal is to drive innovation and incubation in the commercial use of space technologies and infrastructures. Through the leading innovation networks for satellite navigation (European Satellite Navigation Competition), Earth monitoring (Copernicus Masters) and the transfer of technologies from other industries to the space sector (Innospace Masters), AZO drives the creation of innovative products, services, and business concepts for these emerging market segments. The underlying business concepts can be realised in the form of company foundations as part of the incubation programme at ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Bavaria. Start-ups can apply for admission to ESA BIC Bavaria at one of its four Bavarian locations – Oberpfaffenhofen, Nürnberg, Ottobrunn and Berchtesgadener Land. Financial support is provided by the Free State of Bavaria and the European Space Agency (ESA). In addition, start-ups benefit from technical and expert support from the local partners: the German Aerospace Center (DLR) at the branch office Oberpfaffenhofen, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS at the branch office Nürnberg, Airbus DS at the branch office in Ottobrunn, and the Economic Development Corporation Berchtesgadener Land (WFG BGL) at the branch office Berchtesgadener Land. Furthermore, ESA BIC Bavaria is part of the Europe-wide ESA BIC network, which has been established to empower entrepreneurship at the European level to the considerable benefit of the regional ESA BICs and their associated start-up companies.

  • Regional Partners
    ESA Business Incubation Centre Bavaria

    Start-up? Start here!

    ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Bavaria is one of the most successful incubators with 123 supported startups generating over EUR 140 million annual turnover. It seeks entrepreneurs using space technologies in a non-space environment. Incubatees get cash incentives of EUR 50,000 and support in multiple fields like strategic management, business development and the technical implementation.

    BICC net - Bavarian Information and Communication Technology Cluster

    BICC net, the Bavarian Information and Communication Technology Cluster, aims to activate and interlink the innovation and productivity potential of the Bavarian enterprises, research centres and universities and to connect the cluster ecosystem to collaboration partners in Europe.

    With a workforce of over 300,000 people operating in information and communications technology in Bavaria, BICC net represents one of the most important ICT locations in the world. Within the framework of the Bavarian cluster initiative, BICC net interconnects the information and communication technology sector in order to encourage and initiate new ideas, new expertise as well as to establish successful startups. In doing so, BICC net provides support for medium-sized companies in the areas of innovation and productivity. The offices of BICC net are located near Munich, Germany. The cluster’s thematic focal points comprise: Embedded systems, Energy (Smart Grids, Virtualisation), Mobility (“Mobile Society”, multi-modal mobility, Open & Big Data), Entrepreneurship, Convergence: Apps (B2B), ICT services (Cloud computing) and Safety & Security.

    Find out more about the cluster at

    Invest in Bavaria

    Invest in Bavaria is the single-stop business promotion agency of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs to handle all projects by international investors to set up new or expand existing businesses in Bavaria.

    Invest in Bavaria’s aim is to guide and support companies to make the most of Bavaria’s excellent location factors and benefits. The international team of Invest in Bavaria has access to technology networks and personal contacts to research institutes and enterprises. Therefore, the agency can provide essential information on business support, links to networks and possible collaboration partners, tailored proposals for selection of a location and other information on the State of Bavaria and its location factors.


    Find out more about the agency at

  • E-GNSS Accelerator Partner
    European Commission

    The prize pool is co-financed by the European Commission’s DG Grow. The aim of the “E-GNSS Accelerator” is to foster the market uptake of Galileo/EGNOS and high technologies in EU28, the EEA and ENP countries.

    The prize pool is co-financed by the European Commission’s DG Grow. The aim of the “E-GNSS Accelerator” is to foster the market uptake of Galileo/EGNOS and high technologies in EU28, the EEA and ENP countries.


Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen
Ms Stefanie Biermeier
+ 49 (0) 81 057727710