Catalonia / Spain Challenge

PRIZE 2018

The 2018 prize description will follow soon. Get an impression of what to expect by checking the 2017 prize description! In 2017, the winner of the Catalonia Challenge could benefit from the following prizes:

  • 100 hours pack to use CTTC “GEMMA Navigation® Testbed” + “GNSS- IFEN Simulator” with access to related user manuals
  • 20 hours CTTC research staff support by CTTC Geomatics Division
  • A complete three-month incubation package at ESA BIC Barcelona
  • The opportunity to apply for admission to the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre Barcelona (ESA BIC Barcelona) and an additional EUR 50,000 in incentive funding from ESA / Barcelona Activa and their local partners
  • The option to acquire a loan from a cooperating local financial institution
  • A complete patentability study: In light of the prior art – either already known by the client or / and retrieved in a search – ZBM Patents will provide an opinion regarding the patentability of the invention and the scope of protection that can be expected.
  • Access to tailored E-GNSS Accelerator business support worth EUR 62,000 (if eligible)
  • An extra EUR 10,000 cash prize if your idea gets selected as ESNC 2018 Overall Winner

The incubation package included the following services:

  • Co-working space and office services
  • Business coaching and support
  • Business training for entrepreneurs
  • Access to experts
  • Access to public funding / venture capital
  • A 12 hours consulting pack, providing the knowledge and experience of Eurania Aviation Advisory Services experts team on aeronautical, technical, and regulatory criteria.

In case the winner application is related with drones, in addition to the ESA BIC incubation the winner may choose from the following services:

BCN DRONE CENTER 3 Day Pass incl.

  • 1 UAV
  • 3 participants
  • Access to the Airfield and Airspace (NOTAM)
  • Access to office space, hangar and workshops
  • Field power socket and WiFi
  • 4 hours consultancy services
  • 1 visitor pass
  • 3 vouchers with 25% off in the UAV Remote Sensing Applications Course

The prize also included travel and accommodation for the 2017 ESNC Awards Ceremony in Tallinn, Estonia in line with the European Space Week, Europe’s major space event in 2017.


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  • Region
    Catalonia / Spain

    Supporting the best GNSS application idea with our great institutional and industry partners in an attractive environment.

    Catalonia has traditionally had a relevant ICT sector, thanks to a strong consumer electronics presence, a highly competitive software development sector and being one of the biggest industrial clusters in Europe. The region has always offered a dynamic ecosystem that now hosts the Mobile World Capital and the most important technology events in the world as the Mobile World Congress, IoT Solutions World Congress and Smart City Expo and World Congress.
    Our businesses, universities, and research centres work with the European Space Agency and have played crucial roles in several programmes such as SMOS, GALILEO, ATV, GAIA, and MELISSA.
    The first ESA Business Incubation Centre in Spain, which was inaugurated in Barcelona in 2014, supports start-ups that apply space technologies to develop innovative services and products for everyday life. In 2016 was launch Catalonia Smart Drones, a group of companies, universities and technological centers working together to promote the Drone industry in Catalonia. UPC is also handling the organisation of one of the five ESNC University Challenges, which is being held in Barcelona.

  • Regional Organiser
    Government of Catalonia

    The Government of Catalonia is a modern institutional system around which Catalonia's self-government is politically organised.

    The Government of Catalonia is developing SmartCATALONIA, the Smart Catalonia Strategy, which is designed to make Catalonia an international smart region benchmark. It aims to take advantage of the digital technology and information to encourage innovation in public services, foster economic growth and promote a more intelligent, sustainable and integrative society. This strategy goals are to improve the services provided to citizens, thanks to a more efficient and intelligent use of available information in real time.

  • Regional Partners
    ESA Business Incubation Centre Barcelona

    The ESA Business Incubation Centre Barcelona (ESA BIC Barcelona) opened in 2014.

    The ESA Business Incubation Centre Barcelona (ESA BIC Barcelona) opened in 2014. It is managed by Barcelona Activa and supported locally by renowned public authorities and institutions, including Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona, Diputació de Barcelona, Consell Comarcal del Baix Llobregat, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Parc UPC, and Caixa Capital Risc. The facility offers support and technical expertise designed to foster the creation of innovative start-ups with products or services based on space technology.

    Barcelona Activa

    Barcelona Activa is the Barcelona City Council's local development agency and an international benchmark for supporting entrepreneurship, innovation, professional improvement and job creation in its 31 years of operations.

    Barcelona Activa is member of ESINET, the European Network of Space Incubators.


    Your research and innovation partner in remote sensing, satellite positioning navigation and communication technologies.

    The Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC) is a non-profit research institution resulting from a public initiative of the Regional Government of Catalonia. Research activities at the CTTC, both fundamental and applied, mainly focus on technologies related to the physical, data-link and network layers of communication systems, and to the Geomatics. CTTC has a professional scientific management, a critical mass of researchers and projects, real possibilities of growing and establishing durable links with the industrial and business sectors, and the capacity of leading technological projects, both national and international.

    BCN Drone Center

    The best place to develop and test drone technology in southern Europe.

    Barcelona Drone Center is one of the few Test Sites in the world for the development and testing of civil unmanned aerial vehicles. It counts with an official segregated airspace of 2,500 ha and a bioclimatic and sustainable building equipped with ground control station, workshop, office, meeting room and hangar, setting up the perfect environment for drone development and testing. The airfield counts with a runway, heliport, geodesic points and calibration targets, being a complete outdoor remote sensing laboratory. The Center is placed in a rural setting in nearby Barcelona Area.

    Catalonia Smart Drones

    Catalonia Smart Drones is the cluster of the drone industry including the leading companies, technology centers and other institutions.

    The Catalonia Smart Drones group is a cluster of companies, technological centers and other institutions related to smart solutions with drones industry. It has around 60 members and its goals are to coordinate the different stakeholders, advertise the opportunities and the services that are offered, promote training courses and knowledge transfer, boost research and innovation in the drone field and, in general, promote the drone industry in Catalonia to generate economic growth and new jobs.


    Innovating for business

    Eurecat, Technology Centre of Catalonia (member of Tecnio), brings together the expertise of 600 professionals who generate a volume of income of EUR 43 million per year. Serving more than a thousand companies, Eurecat is involved in 160 projects of R&D national and international with high strategic value and has 73 patents and 8 technology companies. It has eight centres in Catalonia and one in Brazil. Find out more:


    Comunitat NewSpace

    Fostering the growth of the new space revolution.

    The NewSpace Community is a regional cluster initiative in the field of space technologies aimed to promote economic activity. To this end, it encourages the creation of new solutions, communicates their benefits to citizens, and fosters the development of innovative services that improve quality of life. It thus aims to be an effective instrument for stimulating projects involving companies, research centres, universities, governments, and other organisations.

    UPC. Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya. BarcelonaTech

    An innovation ecosystem with a high concentration of knowledge and technology. A location that adds value to businesses.

    Parc UPC, the Science and Technology Park of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), is a highly concentrated knowledge and technology centre whose mission is to return value to society and promote better quality of life. Parc UPC provides facilities, technological infrastructures and value-added services, all aimed at fostering synergies between research stakeholders and companies and ultimately designed to ensure successful projects and enterprises.

    ZBM Patents

    A distinctive style in IP.

    Established in 2004, ZBM Patents has a strong team of 25 IP professionals, including qualified European Patent attorneys as well as Spanish Patent and Trademark Attorneys, which are trained and experienced in a wide range of areas such as mechanics, electronics, computer technology, pharmacy, chemistry, and biotechnology. This knowledge and experience, together with the personal attention to their clients, allows them to reach a deep understanding of the technical problems and thus to offer the best advice on patent issues.

    Eurania Aviation Advisory Services

    Eurania is an aeronautical consultancy which offers to clients comprehensive quality service, applying all of our professional aeronautical knowledge and expertise.

    They are open to offer the best alternatives and solutions, providing their clients the best technical aeronautical advice to comply with all local and international regulations. The specialisation allows Eurania a broad coverage of the whole sector, allowing us to be able to advise potential clients on a variety of projects.

  • 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.


Barcelona Activa
Mr Armengol Torres
+34 600 485 486