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Running from 2017 until 2019, the E-GNSS Accelerator is an exciting feature of the Galileo Masters. This unique initiative funded by the European Commission provides multiple benefits to the Galileo Masters winners and finalists, including more prizes, coaching services and four further business incubations worth an additional value of EUR 1.28 Mio. The overall aim of the programme is to support entrepreneurs and startups from EU28, the EEA and ENP countries to move beyond idea conception into business incubation and to promote the development phases of true commercial ventures.

Galileo Masters winners and finalists benefit from an increased prize pool thanks to the E-GNSS Accelerator, but they can benefit even more: If they are among the top 10 Galileo Masters winners, they get invited to an exclusive Bootcamp taking place before the Galileo Masters Awards Ceremony. The top 4 Bootcamp candidates then get awarded in front of a high-ranking audience at the Galileo Masters Awards Ceremony and receive an additional incubation and acceleration prize package worth EUR 62,000 each. On top of that, one out of the top 10 Galileo Masters winners receives a crowdfunding prize worth EUR 35,000.


E-GNSS Bootcamp 2019


The top 10 Galileo Masters 2019 winners have pitched at the E-GNSS Accelerator Bootcamp taking place directly before the Joint International Awards Ceremony of the Galileo Masters and Copernicus Masters on  4 December 2019.


2019 Bootcamp

On 4 December 2019, the top 10 Galileo Masters winners were invited to the exclusive E-GNSS Accelerator Bootcamp in line with the European Space Week in Helsinki, Finland. In front of a high-ranking expert panel the candidates presented how further incubation services would enable them to accelerate their business ideas and to start real commercial ventures. The top four candidates received incubation and acceleration packages worth EUR 62,000 each to complement business incubation at their preferred incubation centre of the Galileo Masters network all across Europe.


Double-Winner of the Incubation package and the Crowdfunding incubation Prize

E-GNSS Accelerator Bootcamp Winner 2019

Baden-Württemberg / Germany Challenge:
Tocsen – Smart Crash Detection and Automatic Emergency Call System for Your Helmet, submitted by Andreas Botsch



Winners of the Incubation package


E-GNSS Accelerator Bootcamp Winner 2019

Czech Republic Challenge:
Dronetag – Real-time UAV Identification with Galileo and IoT, submitted by Lukáš Brchl


E-GNSS Accelerator Bootcamp Winner 2019

United Kingdom Challenge:
MEDeus – The Drone Doctors, submitted by Hammad Jeilani


EGNSS Bootcamp Winner 2019

GSA Challenge:
Xylene – Boosting Trust in Timber, submitted by Giuseppe Benenati


5G IoT Challenge Winner
WAIBRObelt – Making Independent Outdoor Sports Accessible to the Blind and Visually Impaired, submitted by Katerina Sedlackova

Basque Country / Spain Challenge Winner
AquaRADAR – Contactless Water Quality Analysis, submitted by Jorge Garcia del Arco

France Challenge Winner
DeVine – A Disruptive EGNSS Receiver for Precision Viticulture, submitted by Benjamin Kawak

Galicia / Spain Challenge Winner
CX-GEODRON – A Radar-Based Drone Payload for Underground Detection Applications, submitted by Borja González Valdés

Hesse / Germany Challenge Winner
RideLink – Retrofitting Motorcycles with Emergency Services, submitted by Stephan Kaufmann

Italy Challenge Winner
CAPS-Loc – GNSS Cooperative Exchange Framework for Android Smartphones, submitted by Giampaolo Marinaro

University Challenge Challenge Winner
FreeWheel – Discover Your Route to Freedom, submitted by Lotfi Massarweh

E-GNSS Accelerator Facts

E-GNSS Accelerator Facts

E-GNSS Accelerator Facts

E-GNSS Accelerator Facts

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  • CENTRIP – ChildrEN TRIp Protector

    The Galileo Masters 2017 Challenge "60 Years of EU: The most innovative application fostering European Integration – presented by GSA" winner: CENTRIP! (klick '+' at the right to read more)

    E-GNSS Accelerator - CENTRIP - Speaker Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director General European Commission

    For many European countries, security is an important topic nowadays. The market needs a solution that can help ensure the wellbeing of children – which is where CENTRIP comes into play. CENTRIP is a student management system for school trips that protects and monitors children during outdoor activities. It helps educators or other responsible individuals keep control and reduce the risk of incidents whilst allowing children to discover the world outside kindergartens and schools.

    CENTRIP combines GNSS and ZigBee technologies in an innovative way to ensure a group‘s safety. Devices for teachers and students independently compute their absolute positions, exchange this information, and simultaneously calculate relative positions to measure the distances between them. If a receiver exceeds the maximum allowed distance, an alarm signal is sent to the student and teacher devices in question to allow for quick and appropriate action. The ZigBee module provides connectivity even when underground (in subway stations, for instance). With CENTRIP’s support, teachers and the parents of young kids can make sure that children are exploring the world safely.

  • ALIVETOR: Alive Victims Detector Onboard of an UAV

    The winning solution of the Galileo Masters 2017 Galicia / Spain Challenge... (klick '+' at the right to read more)

    Galicia Sabine Dannelke

    After earthquakes, terrorist attacks and other disasters, thousands of people can be trapped inside collapsed houses, factories or public buildings. Using radar technology that penetrates various materials, ALIVETOR is able find buried victims near the surface of rubble. Its radar sensor is mounted onto a UAV, allowing the solution to cover vast areas in a reasonable time.
    The solution works by capturing and positioning a victim’s movements or, if the victim is unconscious or resting, by detecting the minimal displacements caused by respiration.
    The advantages of ALIVETOR:
    › Detection of live victims, which is the primary concern during post-disaster scenarios
    › UAV covers vast areas more quickly than common existing methods
    › Sensors use GNSS signals to achieve robust, accurate coverage of multiple locations In post-disaster scenarios, victims don’t have access to food or drink and can be severely injured. This makes ALIVETOR’s fast response time vitally important. In such scenarios, the UAV follows a three-step procedure: Fly, land, and detect. By providing first responders with quick, reliable and detailed descriptions of damaged areas, ALIVETOR helps them save lives.

  • Attestis – No More Late Objections to New Buildings

    Winner of the ESA space solutions® Prize and France Challenge of the Galileo Masters in 2017... (klick '+' at the right to read more)

    E-GNSS Accelerator - Attestis - Speaker Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director General European Commission

    Attestis is a startup company that is using Galileo to develop digital proof services for the construction industry. Attestis targets building project owners (including consumers and businesses), which represent a market of more than 2 million construction projects every year. In several countries (such as France, Italy, Portugal, Finland, and Belgium), when a building permit is granted, planning regulations mandate that the owner displays a notice sign on the property to inform their neighbours, who then have a limited time to file an objection. To avoid late objections, litigation, and the destruction of ongoing or finished works, owners need proof that they have indeed displayed the mandatory sign. To this end, Attestis is developing a range of digital proof services based on a web platform, mobile applications, and a geolocation device embedded in the notice sign itself (patent pending). Compared to traditional documentation methods (i.e. an affidavit from a notary), Attestis provides better legal security at a much cheaper price. GNSS services are key to Attestis’s methods of rendering proof. The unique features of Galileo’s services also provide an essential advantage (high precision, Signal authentication, position certification).

  • KINEXON - from the sport market to new customers

    As the overall winner of Galileo Masters 2013, KINEXON was awarded a cash prize of EUR 10,000 that was co-funded by GEPAS... (klick '+' at the right to read more)


    The scheme thus provided effective support that proved essential in implementing the winning business idea. The two PhD students behind it had developed a wearable sensor that can locate athletes with centimetre-level precision, along with a cloud-based monitoring system. They went on to start their own company at ESA Business Incubation Centre Bavaria (which is managed by AZO) and received additional follow-up financing. Since then, KINEXON has continued to grow: Its team now consists of about 40 members and cooperates with various partners, including a German Bundesliga soccer team. It also had the opportunity to participate in the world’s biggest industrial fair, Hannover Messe, in 2014. In addition, KINEXON made a huge technological breakthrough that has enabled the company to offer an indoor version of its product. It has thus widened its target market and is now working with retailers, hospitals, care homes, and manufacturers such as the American technology company Intel.

  • iGeolise achieves breakthrough thanks to GEPAS

    The success story of iGeolise began with its triumph in the United Kingdom Challenge in 2012. A cash prize, business and technical consulting, and PR support - all co-financed by GEPAS - helped these entrepreneurs get their winning idea off the ground... (klick '+' at the right to read more)


    Their innovation involves a platform on which people can perform map searches in terms of time, turning miles into minutes in the process. As part of its prize package, iGeolise was featured in a PR campaign that included an interview in The Guardian, which directly led to its first big client: the property group Countrywide. Shortly thereafter, its members also entered incubation at ESA Business Incubation Centre Harwell (UK). But where does iGeolise stand today? The start-up has since developed into a company that employs 11 people and cooperates with major clients from various industries, such as VisitBritain and Nissan. It operates in several countries around the world, including the UK, the USA, Australia, Ireland, France, Switzerland, and Thailand. During its expansion, iGeolise also opened a branch office in Lithuania, which is where its technical team is now based. Just recently, EURONEWS – Business Planet broadcasted a programme detailing the company’s success story and the opportunities the ESNC offers to entrepreneurs in the space sector.

  • Ampido – the number-one parking app with support from GEPAS

    In Galileo Masters 2013, Ampido won the GNSS Living Lab Prize with an app that helps people reserve and rent private parking spaces. This can greatly improve the traffic situation in densely populated cities... (klick '+' at the right to read more)


    Thanks to consulting and product development assistance co-financed by GEPAS, the start-up has successfully established a position on the market. Today, Ampido claims to be the number-one parking app in Europe. The company operates in 150 cities and has official assignments from cities to rent out their public parking spaces and implement parking space management systems. Recently, Ampido accomplished another notable milestone in being accepted into the H2020 project GrowSmarter, which involves EUR 25 million in funding.

  • CatUAV opens BCN Drone Center

    In 2011, CatUAV won the Catalonia Prize with a mini-UAV designed for civilian use. It received a cash prize, business consulting, and cartography licences co-funded by GEPAS... (klick '+' at the right to read more)


    These tailored services have aided the company in advancing its technology and selling it on the market. Just recently, CatUAV opened the BCN Drone Center near Barcelona – one of only 10 test areas for UAVs worldwide. The Spanish government authorised CatUAV to use 2,500 hectares of segregated airspace for UAV flights and approved an obstacle-free UAV airfield spanning a further four hectares. This was a great step forward, as the new BCN Drone Center offers workshops, a hangar, offices, a ground control station, and other facilities needed to develop and test UAV systems.


Thanks to the E-GNSS Accelerator, funded by the European Commission’s DG Grow, AZO will push the market uptake of Galileo / EGNOS on a wider scale through a co-financing scheme which supports regional prizes and business incubation.

The E-GNSS Accelerator will run for three years and will directly support the winners of the Galileo Masters 2017, 2018 and 2019. The aim is to support entrepreneurs and startups from EU28, the EEA and ENP countries to move beyond idea conception into business incubation and to promote the development phases of true commercial ventures. This creates multiple benefits for Galileo Masters participants as they can await even more prizes, services and three further business incubations worth an additional value of EUR 1.28 Mio.

The previous Galileo-EGNOS Prize Award Scheme (GEPAS) supported the Galileo Masters from 2011 to 2015. Thanks to this support, the Galileo Masters has accomplished impressive developments over the runtime of four years and transformed from an idea competition into an innovation network that contributes significantly to economic growth based on the European flagship programmes Galileo and EGNOS. More than 60 startups have been supported within the project in total. GEPAS made it possible to realise three major aims within the Galileo Masters: To foster the establishment of Europe’s largest support mechanism for GNSS entrepreneurs, drive the commercialisation of GNSS applications, and unite Europe in space. As part of the European Commission’s current Galileo Action Plan, the scheme fosters the creation of new businesses and jobs in Europe in the satellite downstream space market.



Ines Kühnert, AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen
Ines Kühnert

Project Manager
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Ulrike Daniels, AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen
Ulrike Daniels

Business Development
Head of Acceleration Programme
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