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. They offer you a EUR 1 Mio prize pool to take your business to the next level!
20 awesome prizes worth EUR 1 Mio
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Business support from > 50 incubators
Great expertise from 200 experts
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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!
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HOW TO PARTICIPATE
The ESNC annually offers prizes worth more than EUR 1 Mio, comprising both cash and in-kind services tailored to help you boost your business. As participant, you choose the regional challenge that would best support your business case from about 20 partner regions worldwide: Submitting your idea also for a Special Prize offers you one main advantage without taking additional time: You double your chances to benefit from business and technical support, cash prizes and increased marketing from ESNC partners. The ESNC Overall Winner is being selected from among all Regional and Special Prize winners during the International Evaluation Meeting in autumn.
In addition, the TOP 10 winners will be eligible for selection as one of three candidates to receive 12 months of incubation support (valued at EUR 62,000 each) as part of the E-GNSS Accelerator programme, co-financed by the European Commission.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have questions about the ESNC? Find your answers below.
- General questions
What is the ESNC?
The ESNC is an innovation competition that annually awards the best services, products, and business ideas using satellite navigation in everyday life. Its mission is to spur the development of marketdriven applications based on satellite navigation technologies.
Who organises the ESNC?
AZO organises the competition with strong support of world-class partners handing out topic-specific prizes and regional prizes. Partners include the European Commission (EC), the European GNSS Agency (GSA), the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in Germany (BMVI).
I’ve heard that the ESNC is looking for innovative ideas. What does that mean?
The ESNC annually awards the best services, products, and business ideas using satellite navigation data (e.g. Galileo, GPS, GLONASS or Beidou) in everyday life. The spectrum of submitted business ideas reflects the manifold opportunities made possible by this future‐oriented technology: from healthcare and leisure to traffic management and other rail, sea, and air transport logistics, individuals and entire industries alike can benefit from satellite navigation. See all main application fields here.
What kind of ideas or solutions can be submitted?
The Special Prizes tackle global Challenges with revolutionary competition entries in the fields of agriculture, smart moving, UAV, energy, tourism & travel, smart cities and maritime – just to name a few. See all main application fields here.
What can I win?
Participants have the chance to win a wide variety of prizes. This includes cash prizes, business development support, technical support and much more which enables winners to take their business project to the next level. You can find the prizes for each Challenge on the Challenge pages. If your idea will be among the top 10 ESNC ideas, you will be in the run for EUR 62,000 E-GNSS Accelerator business support: Tailored business development services according to the maturity of your project: www.esnc.eu/accelerator. Here you can find a general overview of the EUR 1 Mio prize pool.
If I submit my idea, what are the benefits for me/my company?
Winners gain visibility in front of Europe´s key stakeholders of the space industry, have access to a large expert networks, and profit from the individual prize pools of the different Challenges. The feedback provided by experts and the support received by partners helps participants to take their business to the next level (see success story examples at www.space-of-innovation.com )
What are the key dates of the competition?
Submission Phase: May-July 2018
Evaluation Phase: August-September/October 2018
Awards Ceremony: 4 December 2018 – in connection with the EU Space Week 2018 as the major event for space innovations!
How do I become the ESNC Overall Winner?
The ESNC Overall Winner is selected from the pool of Challenge winners by an international panel of high-ranking experts.
What is the E-GNSS Accelerator?
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.
The programme is funded by the European Commission’s DG Grow and supports the market uptake of Galileo / EGNOS through co-financing regional prizes and business incubation with additional EUR 1.28 Mio. The programme supports the winners of the ESNC from the EU28, EEA and ENP countries to move beyond idea conception into business incubation and to promote the development phase of true commercial ventures.
- Submission requirements
What are the requirements for my application?
The most important thing is that you complete your submission during the period 1 May – 31 July. You can find more detailed information about the requirements in our terms and conditions.
I am not located in /or a citizen of Europe. Can I still apply?
Enterprises, scientific institutions, and individuals of legal adult age are entitled to participate in the ESNC. Applications will be accepted from anywhere in the world.
Do I need to be represented by a company or scientific institution?
No, you can either participate as an individual person, a group, or be represented by a company/university or scientific institution. The ESNC offers challenges and support at every level of the value chain!
Can start-up companies participate in the ESNC?
Start-ups are highly welcome. The ESNC challenges offer optimal business support to startups and thanks to the network of 141 partners, you will be able to get the support you need to accelerate your business!
Can I enter as an individual or do I have to be part of a team?
You can either participate as an individual person or as a part of a team, both are possible.
What if my solution does not cover Europe or affect European citizens -but other regions? Can I still apply?
Yes! You can also submit solutions which are not directly covering Europe or affecting its citzens.The ESNC is looking for innovative ideas and applications from all over the world making use of different kind of satellite navigation data – the European satellite navigation system Galileo and EGNOS, but also further systems like GPS, GLONASS or BEIDOU, that can be used or implemented on a broad and international scale.
Are there any age restrictions?
Participants must have reached the minimum age/legal adult age.
Do I need a working prototype of my idea in order to enter the competition?
The only Challenge that requires an existing prototype is the GNSS Living Lab Challenge.
How mature does the idea need to be?
Each Challenge has their own requirements, so make sure to read the Challenge descriptions: www.esnc.eu/challenges
- Registration process
How can I submit my idea and where do I find the submission database?
You can register on the ESNC website and submit your idea through our database.
How much time do I have to spend answering the questions in the database?
If you have your solution already formulated, it will take about two hours to submit.
Is it possible to submit the same idea for more than one Challenge?
No, this is not possible. The only exception are the Special Prize Challenges. In order to double your chances to win, you can also submit your idea to one of the Special Prize challenges which are topic-specific (regional Challenges are not topic-specific and offer you mainly local business support).
Can I submit more than one entry?
Yes, you can submit more than one entry, but the ideas have to be different.
I already took part in the ESNC before. Can I take part again?
Yes, you can take part again, but your idea should be further elaborated. You can also submit a completely new idea to the new competition round.
How can I ensure that my idea is safe?
Solutions submitted to the competition are protected against unlawful access by unauthorised third parties. Experts and all other personnel who organise the competition,are also required by contract to treat all matters as confidential. Please find more detailed information in the terms of participation.
Can I join the competition without a patent?
A patent is not required for the participation of the ESNC.
I submitted my idea, what is the next step?
Following the end of the submission phase, solutions will be evaluated by panels of international experts. If you are a finalist, you will be informed by the ESNC Special Prize and Regional Challenge partners (see contact details at each challenge landing page). If you are not amongst the finalists, you will be informed latest in October.
- Evaluation Phase
When will I be informed about the status of my submission?
If you are a finalist, you will be informed by the ESNC Special Prize and Regional Challenge partners (see contact details at each challenge landing page) in Mid-September latest. If you are not among the finalists, you will be informed in October at the latest.
How is the evaluation process structured?
The panel of experts will first complete an online evaluation to identify the finalists of each challenge. After that usually the finalists will be informed. Finalists will then get invited to present their idea in front of an expert panel of the dedicated ESNC challenge (via video conference or on site). Hereafter the winner of each challenge will be nominated and informed. An overall evaluation meeting will then take place in the last week of September 2018 where the heads of ESNC 2018 experts will select the ESNC overall winner. During the festive awards ceremony of the ESNC in Marseille on 4 December 2018 the overall winner will be announced.
Who will evaluate my idea?
A panel of international experts with various fields of expertise (technique, business etc.). Here you can see an overview of all 200 ESNC 2018 experts.
Will I have the chance to present my submitted idea personally in front of the experts?
This depends upon the organisers of each Challenge. They will get in contact with you and inform you accordingly by Mid-September latest.
What are the main assessment criteria to win a Challenge?
Each Special Prize challenge has their own criteria, make sure to read the individual challenge descriptions.
The Regional Challenges are not topic-specific, but participants should be able to present a viable idea (makig use of satellite navigation data) in terms of technical, commercial and legal aspects.
How many winners will be selected?
One winner per challenge will be selected. From these winners, the overall winner will be selected.
Is it possible to be nominated as a finalist for more than one prize?
If you submitted more than one different solution, then you can be selected as a finalist for more than one prize. You can also be nominated as a finalist for both a Special Prize Challenge and a Regional Challenge with the same idea.
Will I get feedback on my idea submission?
Yes, after the overall evaluation meeting taking place in the last week of September, you will receive feedback on your submission via the database.
Will I be informed how my entries have been evaluated?
No, this information will remain secret.
- TERMS OF PARTICIPATION
Here you can download the 2018 Terms of Participation.
TERMS OF PARTICIPATION IN THE EUROPEAN SATELLITE NAVIGATION COMPETITION 2018 OF ANWENDUNGSZENTRUM GMBH OBERPFAFFENHOFEN
Content of Terms as of 10.04.2018
1 Organiser of the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2018
The European Satellite Navigation Competition 2018 is organised by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (referred to hereafter as “the Organiser”) and is supported by various prize-awarding partners (referred to hereafter as “the Partners”).
2 Objective of the Competition
With the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2018, the organiser intends to gather ideas / solutions for commercial applications of satellite navigation and promote individual ideas by offering prizes.
3 Right to Participate
Enterprises, scientific institutions, and individuals of legal adult age are entitled to participate in the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2018.
4 Submission Period 2018
Participants are requested to electronically submit their contributions from May 1st, 2018 until midday (11:59 a.m. CEST) on July 31st, 2018. Please refer to the procedure described below.
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 prize challenges. 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, participants must select a region for their idea / solution; that region’s expert team will review their idea. As such, the regions available for selection are stated at: www.esnc.eu/challenges
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 2018 also have the option of competing for special prizes sponsored by institutional, industry and research partners. After logging in, participants can decide whether they would like to also enter their idea / solution for one of these prizes awarded by the companies / institutions as stated on the competition website under www.esnc.eu/challenges. These prizes will be awarded independently of participation in a partner region of the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2018. 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 2018 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.
Participants may enter more than one idea using the same personal account (= different new solutions), but are not allowed to enter the same idea in different regions or for different special prize challenges.
During the competition, the regional organisers and special prize sponsors may contact the participants anonymously. This means their contact data will not be revealed. The purpose of them having the possibility to contact participants, is to assist and support them with their participation. The participants’ contact data will only be revealed when they answer such a request or after the finalists and winners have been selected.
Participants must submit their idea and fill out the mandatory data and fields in the database no later than midday (11:59 a.m. CEST) on 31 July, 2018. Only those ideas / solutions that contain all the mandatory information will be considered. The idea / solution will then be submitted to the expert panel of the 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 invited to present their idea to the experts personally, the participants’ identity will obviously be disclosed. However, at this stage they will already be nominated as a finalist.
By participating, participants acknowledge that their contact details will be passed on to the respective
regional partner of the region in which they have registered their idea and, if chosen, to the respective special prize sponsor after the database has been closed and the winners chosen. These partners may then contact participants to determine whether they are interested in moving forward with the ideas submitted.
6 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 2018. The Organiser and the Partners shall assume no liability whatsoever for the outcome of the selection process.
The ceremony for the Overall Winner 2018, the regional winners, and the special prize winners will take place in late 2018 (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.
7 Prize Money
AZO will pay prize money to prize winners or persons authorised by them according to the competition terms and conditions and in the name or for the account of the respective contracting authority. The prize money will be paid in the currency of the contracting authority or organiser using the exchange rate of the bank executing the transfer at the day of payment. Bank charges will be covered by the recipient. Any resulting tax obligations which are caused or affected by the receipt of prize money are to be beared by the recipient himself.
8 Crowdinvesting Option
By clicking two checkboxes in the user registration, the participant has the chance to be considered for
follow up financing via the Crowd investing platform Space Starters. This platform for disruptive space
tech is powered by FunderNation GmbH and AZO. Upon actively agreeing to checkbox 1, the contact
details of the participant are shared with SpaceStarters (www.spacestarters.com). Upon actively agreeing
to checkbox 2, the participant agrees that FunderNation will receive access to the expert’s evaluation of
his/her idea and that the submitted idea will be shared with FunderNation to investigate the funding
potential of his business case. Selected participants will be contacted after the evaluation by the experts.
Participation in the competition does not automatically include the execution of the crowdinvesting
campaign, which will be governed by a separate crowdinvesting service agreement between the selected
winner and FunderNation. Crowdinvesting campaigns depend solely on the willingness of the investors
(the “crowd”) to invest – FunderNation thus cannot guarantee a certain economic outcome of the
We have taken measures in the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2018 to ensure the confidentiality of all transmitted ideas / solutions. 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.
The rights participants hold pertaining to their idea / solution will remain with them. Whether they realise their ideas by themselves or with a partner selected by them is left to the participants’ discretion. Through participation in the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2018, participants will not acquire any rights to the idea. We strongly recommend that participants discuss the protection of their idea / solution with the management team of the region for which they intend to submit their idea / solution, as the regional organisers should have access to experts experienced in this field (e.g. patent agents, lawyers). Participants may protect their idea by applying for a patent, utility model, or another form of protection right.
Prior to participation in the competition, participants should notify their employer of their idea if they have developed it in or in connection with their employment. Through participation in the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2018 and / or the publication of the idea / solution during the awards ceremony, any protection of the participants’ idea (if not previously protected by a patent) may be rendered void or otherwise lost. The idea may become common property. We strongly recommend that participants sufficiently protect their idea. Despite all our efforts to keep the idea / information confidential prior to its publication, participants understand and acknowledge that neither the Organiser nor the Partners assume any liability for any damage resulting from their idea / information becoming public.
In participating, participants affirm that they are the sole owner of all rights pertaining to the idea submitted and that their participation will not violate the rights of any third party. Should any third-party rights nonetheless come to light, participants further affirm that Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen will not be made liable for any amount of resulting damages / claims.
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.
For information on the competition please visit: www.esnc.eu
If you have any further questions please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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:
Support is provided in English and German.