UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE: FROM THE LECTURE HALL TO THE BOARD ROOM

CHALLENGE

High-quality GNSS education is a driver of innovation, a means of enhancing companies’ competitiveness, and a valuable opportunity for international cooperation. To bridge the gap from GNSS research and academia to entrepreneurship, the ESNC University Challenge addresses students and research associates with a background in aerospace and GNSS-specific courses of study, in particular with the aim of fostering the transformation of bright ideas into commercial ventures.

In addition, the ESNC University Challenge seeks to reach out to any young researchers working in areas of potential applications, be they prospective automotive engineers, logistics providers, game and other mobile application developers, or health promoters. The competition heightens the exposure and credibility of student innovations on a global level while establishing links to the world of business. The evaluators will focus on creativity and market needs rather than the technological perfection of the business ideas submitted.

PRIZE 2017

  • 12 months of virtual incubation, technical and business consultancy support (a EUR 5,000 value) will be provided by the GNSS Research & Applications Centre of Excellence (GRACE).
  • The Institute of Space Technology and Space Applications of the Universität der Bundeswehr München will sponsor a ticket for the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2017.

Further details may be added at a later stage.

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CRITERIA

 

The competition heightens the exposure and credibility of student innovations on a global level while establishing links to the world of business. The evaluators will focus on creativity and market needs rather than the technological perfection of the business ideas submitted.

PARTNERS

  • Co-organisers
    Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO)

    AZO has established a global network for innovation and entrepreneurship.

    AZO supports product innovation and company foundations in the field of commercial space applications along the entire value chain – from the idea all the way to market entry. The company has extensive experience in organising innovation competitions such as the European Satellite Navigation Competition, the Copernicus Masters (Earth observation), the StartupWorld Awards (laser photonics and robotics), as well as the INNOspace Masters (New Space Economy), app developer camps and conferences, and manages ESA BIC Bavaria. www.space-of-innovation.com

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    GNSS Research & Applications Centre of Excellence (GRACE)

    GRACE is part of the University of Nottingham's Nottingham Geospatial Institute (NGI), an internationally recognised centre of excellence in surveying, positioning, and navigation technologies.

    It focuses on helping organisations, businesses, start-ups, and entrepreneurs to take advantage of satellite navigation, positioning, timing, and location-based technologies. We provide business support, consultancy services, training, and testing for the exploitation of new ideas and the creation of new business opportunities. By offering a portal for sharing ideas, engaging with people, and learning about new technologies, GRACE serves as a hub for the GNSS community and beyond.

  • University Partners
    University of Nottingham (UNOTT), UK

    Contact: paul.bhatia@grace.ac.uk

    More information will follow soon.

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    Universität der Bundeswehr München (UNIBWM), Germany

    Contact: kristina.kudlich@unibw.de

    More information will follow soon.

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    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain

    Contact: jaume.sanz@upc.edu

    More information will follow soon.

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    l’École Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC), France

    Contact: ojulien@recherche.enac.fr

    More information will follow soon.

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    Politecnico di Torino (POLITO), Italy

    Contact: fabio.dovis@polito.it

    More information will follow soon.

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    Building European Link toward South East Asia in the field of EGNSS (BELS), South East Asia

    Contact: gabriella.povero@ismb.it; jaume.sanz@upc.edu

    BELS implements a set of coordinated actions to promote EGNSS technologies in South East Asia (SEA), a fast growing market of more than 600 million people. BELS activities span a 3-year period (2015-2018) in which the Galileo constellation is expected to move forward towards the final full configuration. These years will be fundamental to pave the way for the introduction of Galileo services in SEA, both for European companies that can enter a new growing market and for the South East Asian countries that can discover the potentialities of the EGNSS technology. The main objective of the BELS project is to facilitate the breakthrough of EGNSS technology, with a particular focus on South East Asia (SEA), supporting European GNSS companies and conducting activities for awareness raising and capacity building which are cooperatively implemented by different European and Asia-Oceania actors such as universities, research and technology transfer centres, governmental agencies, companies and industries. BELS is funded by the European Union within Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, under grant agreement no 636853. The H2020 calls related to Galileo are managed by the European GNSS Agency – GSA.

    More information at www.belsproject.eu

CONTACT

Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen
Mr Andreas Dippelhofer
+ 49 (0) 81 05 77 27 710
andreas.dippelhofer@azo-space.com
www.anwendungszentrum.de