Copernicus is the EU’s Earth Observation system: free, full and open access satellite data used to provide services in six areas: land monitoring, marine environment monitoring, atmosphere monitoring, climate change, emergency management and security.


EGNOS is the EU’s regional navigation system. EGNOS services are used in safety-critical applications in aviation, maritime and land-based uses in most of Europe


Galileo is the EU’s global navigation satellite system, providing accurate positioning and reliable timing information. Galileo services are widely used by people and businesses, for example in transport, agriculture, health, finance and energy networks, search and rescue and emergency response.


The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.
ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.


The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is in charge of managing operations and service provision for Europe’s Satellite Navigation Systems – Galileo and EGNOS, ensuring as well the safety and security of the systems. GSA is at the heart of these two programmes, accelerating progress in market uptake, engaging with stakeholders, industry and user communities to design and enable services that respond to user needs and boost Europe’s growth, competitiveness, and sustainability.
The GSA ensures that business and citizens get the most out of Europe’s investments in satellite navigation programmes, linking space technology and space applications to user needs, and keeping users at the centre of Galileo and EGNOS.
With overy 1 billion Galileo-enabled smartphones and a market uptake moving at unprecedented pace, the Agency is poised to lead the European Space Programme towards more innovative solutions for business, growth and sustainability.
European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency – Linking space to user needs

AZO – Your Partner in Competition & Innovation

AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen is an international networking and branding company initiating the most important space-related innovation competitions with more than 15,000 participants, over 200 industrial & public – and 400 international stakeholders. The Masters Series, presented by AZO consists of the Galileo Masters, Copernicus Masters, and INNOspace Masters. Additionally, AZO organises the Copernicus Hackathons by the European Commission. AZO runs a very successful business angel network which invested more than EUR 50 million Venture Capital in 2018. Additionally, AZO manages it’s ESA Incubation Centres (ESA BIC) Bavaria and Northern Germany. The ESA BIC Bavaria incubation programme has supported more than 162 company foundations solely in Bavaria to date. Since May 2019, AZO jointly operates the ESA BIC Northern Germany (NG) located in Bremen. For more information, please visit


The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (MEAE) is part of the Government. MEAE cre-ates the conditions for economically, socially and ecologically sustainable growth. It comes from skilled people in highquality jobs, productivity growth and increasing employment.

The Finnish Meteorological Institute

FMI produces high-quality observation and research data on the atmosphere, seas and space. The Institute combines this expertise into the services it provides to promote public safety as well as increase well-being in the society and the environment, taking into account the needs to maintain preparedness.


The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom is an authority in licence, registration and approval matters. It promotes traffic safety and smooth functioning of the transport system. It also en-sures that everyone in Finland has access to high-quality and secure communications connections and services.

The Finnish Centre of Excellence in Research of Sustainable Space

The Finnish Centre of Excellence in Research of Sustainable Space brings together the top specialists in space science and technology in Finland, and aims at revolutionising experimental space physics with the help of nano-satellites, international space missions, and high per-formance computing models. At the same time it takes a step towards orbit safety by developing de-orbiting technologies in order to maintain space as a sustainable environment for science, technology and businesses.


VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner. We drive sustainable growth and tackle the biggest global challenges of our time and turn them into growth opportunities. We go beyond the obvious to help the society and companies to grow through technological innovations.
VTT is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together.
VTT – beyond the obvious.