Galileo Masters 2019 open for submissions!

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07 May 2019


The 2019 edition of the Galileo Masters opened for submissions on May 1. Since it began in 2004, the Galileo Masters has scouted for the most forward‐thinking applications based on Galileo and EGNOS. Innovators and entrepreneurs are now invited to submit their innovative solutions to the competition by 31 July.

The Galileo Masters seeks to award applications, services and new ideas that use Galileo and EGNOS to respond to pressing challenges facing business and society. The most innovative solutions will be able to share in more than EUR 1 million worth of cash prizes. Sounds interesting? Then why not apply for this year’s competition? To register, click here.

In addition to the cash prizes, the winners will be able to take advantage of business development opportunities, tailored E-GNSS Accelerator business support packages worth EUR 62,000, a crowd funding campaign worth EUR 35,000, and much more.

Powered by GSA

New in the 2019 edition is a synergy challenge by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Commission, targeting solutions using Earth observation data combined with Galileo/EGNOS georeferenced data. In another new development, this year the competition is structured in two class categories– ‘Start-up of the Year’ and ‘Idea of the Year’ - both of which are sponsored by the GSA. The start-up category aims to identify the year’s best GNSS-enabled prototype, product or product idea by start-ups from around the world and help them to scale up; while the ideas class will encourage innovative solutions and help turn their ideas into reality.

“The GSA has been a partner of the Galileo Masters for 11 years already, and during this time the competition has consistently generated exciting ideas that leverage European GNSS to create economic opportunities and improve people’s lives. I am very interested to see what this year’s competition delivers, not only in terms of innovative EGNSS-based solutions, but also ideas that exploit the synergies between Galileo and Copernicus,” said GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides.

Special Prizes

In addition to the two general categories, participants also submit their solutions to be eligible for one of six special prizes:

  • Galileo-Copernicus Synergy Challenge;
  • Galileo 5G IoT Challenge;
  • DLR Artificial Intelligence Navigation Challenge;
  • University Challenge;
  • BMVI Special Prize; and
  • GNSS Living Lab Prize.

There is also a Regional Challenge, where participants can choose a challenge set by a regional partner from around the world that best matches their business case. The regional partner organisations include national space agencies, ministries, space clusters, universities, and incubators.

Make sure to register now, even if your idea is not fully formed - that way you can receive information about all the great support activities and additional opportunities that arise throughout the submission phase. Registration is free and available to participants all around the world. To find out more, click here.


Check out some previous winners of the Galileo Masters GSA Special Prize:


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Updated: Dec 08, 2022