Bavaria / Germany Challenge

PRIZE 2018

The winner of the Bavaria Challenge will receive the following prizes:

  • 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, or 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 ESA BIC Bavaria location
  • 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


  • 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
    AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen

    AZO – Your Partner in Competition & Innovation

    AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen 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.

    AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen is an international networking and branding company for the European space programmes, supporting entrepreneurship with more than 500 companies founded in Europe. AZO with its ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) has supported more than 130 company foundations solely in Bavaria to date. Over the last 15 years, AZO has established the leading European space cluster innovation network for the satellite downstream market, while providing the necessary marketing and promotion platform, incubation and expert network, as well as regional funding programmes with the objective to increase the uptake of business cases. AZO organises it’s “Innovation Masters Series”, the most important space-related innovation competitions: European Satellite Navigation Competition, Copernicus Masters, INNOspace Masters, Space Exploration Masters, STARTUP WORLD in close cooperation with the European Commission (EC), Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology Germany (BMVI), European Space Agency (ESA), German Aerospace Center (DLR), as well as a number of major industrial partners such as Airbus, Merck, DHL, SAP, T-Systems, CGI and many others. In all competitions, AZO awards product innovations with well-known partners and established associated accelerator programs in almost all competitions.

    Numbers and Facts

    • AZO’s global space innovation networks: >15,000 participants (entrepreneurs & inventors), > 20 million EUR prize pool, 50 European Partner regions, over 600 industrial & public stakeholders
    • Entrepreneurship: AZO supported > 500 company foundations in Europe and 130 company foundations in Bavaria
    • Venture Capital: AZO runs a very successful business angel network which invested more than EUR 130 million Venture Capital in 2016/17

  • Regional Partners
    ESA Business Incubation Centre Bavaria

    Start-up? Start here! Start now!
    Join the Space of Innovation to lift your Startup to the next level.

    ESA BIC (AZO) and its partners European Space Agency (ESA), German Aerospace Center (DLR), Airbus, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS and KSK München Starnberg Ebersberg supported to date more than 140 startups since 2002 with an annual turnover of round about EUR 150 Mio in 2016, creating more than 1.800 high-tech jobs in Bavaria and involving the exciting amount of more than EUR 130 Mio Venture Capital in 2016/2017. ESA BIC Bavaria promoted pioneering companies in recent years with disruptive products and digital businesses in areas like robotics, mobile, mobility, automotive, aviation, satellites etc. ESA BIC Bavaria is one of the most successful incubation programs in Europe.

    Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media. Energy and Technology

    The economic policy of Bavaria promotes sustainable economic growth with the objective to secure and expand economic prosperity in all regions of the country.

    The guiding principle is the social market economy. It combines entrepreneurial freedom, economic strength, ability to change and social responsibility. In the 21st century the social market economy remains the best answer to the challenges posed by globalisation, demographic development and climate change.

    The Bavarian economic policy focuses on liberty and personal responsibility, on the creative power of individuals. It is characterised by innovation, creativity and courage. The goal is a policy that offers opportunities and helps to tap Bavaria’s economic full potential. The Bavarian economic policy will continue to focus on growth, prosperity and quality of life. The goal is to mobilise all entrepreneurial potentials, unleash the creativity and knowledge of our citizens and develop the strengths of all regions.

  • 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 Ines Kühnert
+ 49 (0) 81 057727719