Copernicus Innovation Challenges

Copernicus Innovation Challenges

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Business opportunities in a difficult context

During this period of lockdown, CNES is making its own contribution to the national effort by pursuing its missions and proposals for initiatives to stimulate economic activity.

In partnership with Aerospace Valley, CNES has decided to maintain the Copernicus Innovation Challenges, a competition that challenges start-ups and SMEs to create new products and services using satellite data to address four predefined issues: agriculture, environment, water and local communities.

These Challenges, aimed at French companies (start-ups, SMEs, mid-tier companies, etc.), pursue different objectives. They are designed to:

  • SHOW how space applications can solve problems in different areas
  • ENCOURAGE the adoption of satellite solutions by new end-users
  • DEVELOP the use of Copernicus products and services and help generate new ones
  • PROMOTE collaborative innovation based on Copernicus data
  • DISSEMINATE the solutions developed to civil society and industrial players

CNES – through its Connect by CNES initiative – and Aerospace Valley are leading these challenges as part of their policy to promote satellite data for economic and regional development.llenges.

CNES will award a prize of €50,000 to each of the winners in the four categories, to enable them to create a demonstrator based on their project. The winners will also be able to benefit from the technical support of CNES experts.

As a result, not only are Copernicus data used to meet economic and societal needs, but companies are able to broaden their know-how and initiate new projects for new markets.

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