Hesse / Germany Challenge

PRIZE 2018

The regional winner of Hesse will receive a EUR 7,500 cash prize (provided by Digitales Hessen with EUR 3,000 and by the European Union with EUR 4,500) and get comprehensive support to help preparing an application for ESA business incubation.

  • The Centre for Satellite Navigation Hesse (cesah) will provide the winner with business coaching and further expert advice.
  • The winner will get a travel grant to the International Awards Ceremony 2018 on 4 December 2018 in Marseille
  • In addition, cesah will promote the winning idea in dedicated marketing activities through its various distribution channels (e.g. website, mailings).
  • Through the involvement of the ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Darmstadt, which is located in close proximity to the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), the winner will also be able to benefit from the technical expertise of the extensive ESA-related network for satellite navigation applications, precise positioning, and business development.
  • Access to tailored E-GNSS Accelerator business support worth EUR 62,000 (if eligible)
  • Finally, access to public funding or venture capital can be provided if needed.
  • An extra EUR 10,000 cash prize if your idea gets selected as Galileo Masters 2018 Overall Winner


  • Region

    Stop keeping your SatNav ideas secret -start realising them with ESA BIC Darmstadt managed by cesah!

    Hesse is the fifth largest federal state in Germany and holds the third position with regard to the gross domestic product per inhabitant. Located in the heart of Europe, the region is characterised by an excellent infrastructure with various traffic hubs for air (Frankfurt Airport) road, rail and Internet. The region of Hesse is very strong in logistics, IT, automotive, biomedical, optical and production technologies. Hesse is heavily involved in new media technologies, a considerable amount of IT /software providers are located in Hesse. Hesse is repeatedly the top region in Germany for multimedia. With its high density of innovative IT -companies/enterprises and its unique infrastructure (the central data transfer hub DE-CIX, which carries over 90% of the German and more than 35% of the European Internet traffic is located in Frankfurt), Hesse provides high potential for the development of satellite navigation based applications, services and products. The Hessian Ministry of Economical Affairs supports the development, deployment and usage of new technologies and the technology transfer.

  • Regional Organiser
    Centre for Satellite Navigation Hesse (cesah)

    cesah is a competence, information and incubation centre for Satellite Navigation supported by its shareholders, the Region of Hesse, the City of Darmstadt, and renowned scientific and industrial partners.

    The ESA Business Incubation Center (BIC) Darmstadt is managed by cesah and is located in close vicinity to the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC). The centre supports the development of business ideas and start-up companies in satellite navigation.

    ESA BIC Darmstadt

    Providing startups with the necessary jump-start.

    On behalf of ESA, cesah is operating the ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Darmstadt and supports young companies and new establishments with technical development, implementation and launching new products and services related to satellite navigation. In close collaboration and with technical and financial support of ESA, the startups receive the necessary jump-start. The activities range from finding promising business ideas to organising a part of ESA’s European wide startup network.

  • Regional Partner

    Hessen recognises the digitisation as a challenge for political action – and as an opportunity.

    The aim of the Digital Hessen Strategy is to exploit the potentials of digitisation with a view to enhancing the quality of life and furthering the sustainable development of the State of Hessen. At the same time, digitisation provides an opportunity to decouple resource consumption and economic development. Digitisation is not an end in itself – it must be to the advantage of society.  The Strategy unites the activities of seven Hessian Ministries which are pushing digitisation forward within their particular areas of competence. (digitalstrategie-hessen.de)

  • 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.


cesah GmbH Centre for Satellite Navigation Hesse
Dr Frank Zimmermann
+49 6151 39215612