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Copernicus Accelerator is looking for high-level professionals as mentors

The 2018 Copernicus Accelerator, Europe’s Earth observation (EO) business coaching programme, is looking for mentors to pass on their knowledge and experience to 50 entrepreneurs and start-ups. Registrations are possible until 17.09.2018 at accelerator.copernicus.eu

Brussels, 24 July 2018 – Fostering the use of Copernicus data and spurring the development of commercial space applications using EO data are the main objectives of the European Commission’s Copernicus Accelerator. Through the Copernicus Accelerator programme, start-ups will receive support from experienced mentors and will work with them on advancing their innovations over a period of 10 months.
Therefore, the Copernicus Accelerator is looking for professionals with experience in business coaching, or in the Earth observation, ICT, mobile industry areas as mentors to support entrepreneurs in turning their business ideas into reality. Interested mentors are welcome to register until 17.09.2018 at https://accelerator.copernicus.eu/programme/#mentors.

Mentors and mentees are matched according to their needs and expertise and decide together on the focus of the coaching programme. The mentor will support the market entry and the achievement of measurable progress of its mentee. He or she is remunerated for the business coaching services with EUR 6,500 including travel cost to two Copernicus Accelerator Bootcamps as a fundamental part of the programme. Additionally, the mentor has the chance to interact with industry stakeholders, institutions, and other experts from various fields.
The coaching programme will be kicked off at a bootcamp with all mentors and mentees in Marseille, France, on 3 and 4 December 2018 as part of the European Space Week 2018. At the end of the coaching programme, all mentors and start-ups will meet again in September 2019 at the closing bootcamp to officially seal their coaching relationship.
The European Commission has set up the Copernicus Start-up Programme. It consists of four elements aiming to enhance the uptake of Copernicus data and services: Copernicus Prizes as part of the Copernicus Masters innovation competition, Copernicus Hackathons, Copernicus Incubation Programme and Copernicus Accelerator.

The Copernicus Accelerator is a programme of the European Commission, implemented by SpaceTec Partners and AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen.

About European Commission – DG GROW 

The Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) is the European Commission service responsible for: completing the Internal Market for goods and services; helping turn the EU into a smart, sustainable, and inclusive economy by implementing the industrial and sectorial policies of the flagship Europe 2020 initiative; fostering entrepreneurship and growth by reducing the administrative burden on small businesses; facilitating access to funding for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); and supporting access to global markets for EU companies. All of these actions are encapsulated in the Small Business Act; generating policy on the protection and enforcement of industrial property rights, coordinating the EU’s position and negotiations in the international intellectual property rights (IPR) system, and assisting innovators on using IP rights effectively; and implementing the EU's space policy via its two large-scale satellite programmes Copernicus (for Earth observation) and Galileo (for global navigation), as well as research actions designed to spur technological innovation and economic growth. http://ec.europa.eu/growth/about-us/index_en.htm

About SpaceTec Partners 

SpaceTec Partners is an independent strategy, management, and communications consulting group with offices in Munich and Brussels. Its broad array of services includes strategy and technology consulting, communication activities, and interdisciplinary project management, which it mainly provides to public institutions (the European Commission, the European Space Agency, the European GNSS Agency, the European Parliament, national ministries, etc.) in the space and space applications domain. SpaceTec Partners also offers business coaching to start-ups and SMEs, and is an accredited coach by leading early-stage funds. SpaceTec Partners is strongly involved in Copernicus User Uptake and User Requirements gathering activities on behalf of the European Commission. www.spacetecpartners.eu

About AZO – 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 European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC), Copernicus Masters, Space Exploration Masters, and INNOspace Masters. AZO has been supporting entrepreneurship with more than 130 company foundations to date and the creation of 1,800 high-tech jobs in Bavaria with an annual turnover of about EUR 150 million. Additionally, AZO runs a very successful business angel network which invested more than EUR 130 million Venture Capital in 2016/17 as well as the ESA Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Bavaria. For more information, please visit www.azo-space.com.


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ESNC Hessen Challenge - Anmeldung bis 31. Juli 2018

Im Rahmen des Wettbewerbs European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2018 sucht Hessen wieder innovative Anwendungen rund um die Satellitennavigation. Der Wettbewerb richtet sich an Firmen, Unternehmer, Forschungseinrichtungen, Hochschulen und Privatpersonen – teilnehmen kann jeder. Ausgezeichnet werden dabei neben Anwendungsinnovationen für Galileo auch Anwendungen, die sich mit bereits bestehenden Satellitennavigationssystemen wie GPS, GLONASS und EGNOS realisieren lassen.

Dem hessischen Regionalsieger winkt ein Geldpreis in Höhe von insgesamt 7.500 Euro (davon werden 3.000 Euro durch „Digitales Hessen“ gesponsert, 4.500 Euro sind eine Kofinanzierung durch die EU, H2020). Neben dem Preisgeld erhält der Gewinner eine umfangreiche Unterstützung bei der weiteren Umsetzung des Geschäftsmodells/ Coaching-Stunden, technische Beratung und die Übernahme der Reisekosten zur ESNC Award Ceremony. Weiterhin werden auch dieses Jahr wieder mehrere Spezialpreise vergeben. 

Bis zum 31. Juli 2018 können Anwendungsideen rund um das Thema Satellitennavigation in der Ideendatenbank unter  www.esnc.eu/prize/hesse-germany/ eingereicht werden. Wir freuen uns auf Ihre Ideen!

Mehr Infos unter: www.esnc.eu

FabSpace 2.0 Greece Team of the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) joined forces with the MaGOS Team Start-up

FabSpace 2.0 Greece team of the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) has recently joint forces with the MaGOS team, 1st and 3rd place Award winner of the Local and International legs of ActInSpace® 2016 and the 2nd place Award winner of the COSMOTE Hackathon 2018, to integrate the MaGOS input device with Virtual Reality (VR) 3D Geographic Information Systems, a case that will open up the horizon for immersive geo-informatics and earth observation solutions.

The MaGOS team which comprised of of Mr. George Profitiliotis (an alumnus of the NTUA), Mr. Gregory Agriopoulos, Mr. Konstantinos Anastasakis, Mr. Vasilapostolos Ouranis and Ms. Elena Veli proposed during the COSMOTE Hackathon 2018 challenge a novel VR input device in the form of gloves, based on state-of-the-art wearable electromagnetic sensors, that will allow 3D designers to sculpt and model their digital creations in a VR environment in a more user-friendly and efficient manner.

The proposed product could also target multiple side market verticals. One such side-market case that is currently being explored jointly with the FabSpace 2.0 Greece team that comprised of Dr. Iosif Paraskevas and Mr. Haris Marantos (under the supervision of Prof. Dimitrios Soudris). Dr. Iosif Paraskevas from the ICCS, the FabSpace 2.0 Greece Manager said: “We have learnt about the initial idea of MaGOS and we discussed with them on how this glove could give an added value to the use of EO data. Indeed, the brainstorming was spontaneous, and we agreed to work together on this. We, as part of FabSpace 2.0, are very happy to provide MaGOS with technical know-how, not only about EO data, but also regarding embedded technologies (for which ICCS is well-known). Additionally, and through FabSpace 2.0 network, it is easier for MaGOS to contact EO related companies in order to understand their needs. We hope this teaming with MaGOS to create an even more fantastic product, and we also hope to find more start-ups which currently do not use of EO data, but with huge potential if they take into account that they can use EO data in order to enhance the quality and functionality of their products; to this end this is one of the main goals of FabSpace 2.0 project”.

Mr. George Profitiliotis, PhD candidate at the National Technical University of Athens and Innovation Officer of the MaGOS team stated the following: “The MaGOS product has been constantly evolving since its initial conception two years ago, during the ActInSpace® 2016 competition. Throughout its development, our team has been actively researching and exploring promising target markets to construct use cases where our product would make a substantial difference. The application of the MaGOS interface to VR 3D Geographic Information Systems for the enhancement of EO data visualization and for the ease of its manipulation is such a case. By collaborating with FabSpace 2.0, we believe that our product will soon offer a game-changing solution to the EO community”. 

Together with the 2nd Place Award, the team was awarded a cash prize of €5.000 and incubation services by the Athens Centre for Enterpreneurship and Innovation, which will be utilised for the advancement of their product's prototype. To know more about MaGOS product, please see here: http://www.qnq.gr/history.html

FabSpace 2.0 is proud to join forces with MaGOS team to enhance their product innovation. With its growing networks, FabSpace 2.0 will continuously support similar start-ups and business ideas to stimulate open innovation in Earth Observation to make our planet a better place to live in, which is the main project purpose.


About FabSpace:

FabSpace 2.0 is the open-innovation network for geodata-driven innovation – by leveraging Space data in particular, in Universities 2.0.

Its Work programme topic addressed INSO-4-2015: Innovative schemes for open innovation and science 2.0 b) Academia- Business/Public/CSO knowledge co-creation Coordination and support action. The FabSpace 2.0 project aims at making universities open innovation centres for their region and improving their contribution to the socio-economic and environmental performance of societies.

To achieve these general objectives, the FabSpace 2.0 project offers to concentrate on one research area with high expected socio-economic impact: data-driven innovation, with a particular attention to Earth observation data.

In the six European regions covered by the consortium, partner universities work together with co-located Business Incubation Centres of the European Space Agency (ESA BICs). ESA BICs aim at inspiring entrepreneurs to turn space-connected business ideas into commercial companies, and provide technical expertise and business-development support.

This consortium, completed by TerraNIS – the French company that operates the European Group of Enterprises for a Network of Information Using Space (EUGENIUS) – and IDGEO – provisioning continuous trainings in Geomatics – and the European Business Network (EBN), will be a key success factor for the project.

In addition, FabSpace 2.0 selected 14 new FabSpaces in December 2017 located in various countries worldwide including France, Italy, Czech Republic, Spain, Lithuania, Armenia, Cyprus, The Netherlands, and Cameroon. These new FabSpaces expanded the FabSpace 2.0 network from its first founder FabSpaces in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Greece, and Poland. The international opening of the FabSpace 2.0 network is underway and will be extended worldwide.    

This project began on March 1st 2016 and will last 3 years. It is under the lead of Univ. Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier (UPS). For more information, visit https://www.fabspace.eu.

Vindo Team Announced as the Winner of the FabSpace 2.0 Prize in ActInSpace® 2018 in Toulouse, France

The Vindo Team from the Netherlands is announced as the winner of the FabSpace 2.0 Prize in the third edition of ActInSpace® 2018 which was held on the 25th - 26th of May 2018 all over the world, knocking out other 54 applications. The announcement took place during the finals of ActInSpace® 2018 on the 27th of June 2018 in Toulouse, France. This year, FabSpace 2.0 is being one of the official partners of ActInSpace 2018. 

ActInSpace® is an international innovation contest inspiring young women and men worldwide to meet challenges based on space technologies, data, patents and infrastructures to launch start-ups into all areas of our daily lives. Designed for students but open to everyone, the objective of the contest is to foster entrepreneurship, encourage start-up creation and promote the use of space technologies and space acquired data to change citizen’s lives, to boost employment and to protect our planet.

This year the contest was fulfilling an international ambition which are transforming an essentially European edition into an international edition; bringing together 53 cities from 32 countries in all continents; attracting 3400+ participants with 510 teams working on 60+ different challenges; and creating between 20 and 30 new start-ups.

As partner, FabSpace 2.0 provided three challenges based on Earth Observation Data (links: http://bit.ly/FS-AIS2018) and dedicated prizes which are a free trip to Toulouse to attend the ActInSpace® 2018 international final; receive a mentoring program by experts in selected area; and a meeting with Airbus representative in Toulouse. There were 11 FabSpaces who are involved as organiser of ActInSpace® 2018 including FabSpaces France: Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nice, Brest; FabSpace Poland: Warsaw; FabSpace Germany: Darmstadt; FabSpace Greece: Athens; FabSpace Cameroon: Yaundé; FabSpace Cyprus: Limassu; FabSpace Czech Republic: Prague; and FabSpace Netherlands: Noordwijk. The FabSpace 2.0´s challenges attracted many teams from various locations worldwide such as Brazil, New Zealand, Tunisia, Nigeria, Gabon, Latvia, Azerbaijan, France, Portugal, Greece, and the United States.  

Josiane Mothe from University Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier (UPS), the Coordinator of FabSpace 2.0 project said: “With more than 50 teams participating on the challenges provided by FabSpace 2.0 at ActInSpace® 2018; it has been a real success. Moreover, Vindo’s application idea is completely in line with the overall objective of FabSpace 2.0: to stimulate open innovation in Earth Observation to make our planet a better place to live in. We hope that many new innovative start-ups like Vindo can be created and developed in the near future.”

Vindo, the winning team of FabSpace 2.0 Prize was competing in the COPERNICUS APP LAB challenge located in the Netherlands, one of the FabSpace 2.0 organiser in collaboration with the local ESA BIC. Vindo App successfully won the competition by providing an innovative idea with the concept of letting people find the ideal city within the App and urges cities to be shaped after their needs. The App is using Copernicus data. 

"Winning the FabSpace 2.0 Earth Observation Prize at the ActInSpace® 2018 is a great honour for us. The support of Fabspace 2.0 encourages us to develop our application further and shows that we can have a positive impact on society. We want to thank FabSpace 2.0 and the ActInSpace® Team for the opportunity to come to Toulouse to meet other teams from all over the world and exchange ideas.” said Tristan Faschinger, an Aerospace Engineering student at TU Delft, one of Vindo team member. To find out more about the Vindo App, simply watch their video (including a demo) on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ5TzjYZg_E.   

FabSpace 2.0 is proud to be partner of ActInSpace® 2018 and hopes that this event will stimulate the uptake and reuse of space technology and data and identify future applicants for ESA BICs and partner incubators. A full list of the challenges winners can be found at: https://actinspace.org/

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ActInSpace Darmstadt team PANDA won the national final in Germany

Today was the national final of ActInSpace Germany together with Berlin, Darmstadt and Munich. After two hours pitching and questions from the jury, the evaluation board decided that the PANDA team win the competition in Germany. As next step the Darmstadt team will travel to the Toulouse Space Show and take part in the International Final of ActInSpace on 27 June, 2018 in Toulouse.

ActInSpace in Darmstadt was held from 25th-26th of May 2018 with more then 30 participants in 7 teams, mentors, space experts and jury-members and was a real success. During two days the team members worked hard on different challenges from NSPO, Harmonie Mutuelle, the European Space Agency (ESA), the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and AIRBUS.

The PANDA team with Björn Mattes, Ralf Neumann, Maximilian and Tatjana Weiss won with their challenge "Harmonie Mutuelle01" - Health monitoring with the personal assistant "Everywear" (Benefit from sophisticated health monitoring just like that of astronauts!).

We would like to thank all participants at ActInSpace Darmstadt for your big effort and great achievements. It was really a pleasure for us to work with you. Also a big thank-you to all jury members, speaker and mentors, all (local) sponsors and partners for your support: ESA, the City of Darmstadt, geko Gesundheits-Konzepte, HUB31, FabSpace 2.0, the national partner DLR and our media partner Startup Valley magazin.