Bavaria / Germany Challenge

Prize 2019

Winning team

Total cash prize of EUR 6,000

A EUR 6,000 cash prize to be used at the winner’s discretion

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incubation package valued EUR 25,000

An incubation package sponsored by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs at Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO) valued at EUR 25,000

ESA BIC Bavaria

Apply to ESA BIC Bavaria

Furthermore, the winner will be able to apply for admission to the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Bavaria, which provides startups with financial and technical support at three branch offices: Oberpfaffenhofen, Ottobrunn, or Nürnberg. Upon successful approval the winner will be eligible for an additional EUR 25,000 in incentive funding from ESA, as well as an optional loan from one of the cooperating local banks

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office space and shared facilities

If selected for the ESA BIC programme the winner is offered office space and shared facilities at their choice of one of three Bavarian locations

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benefit from AZO’s extensive network and its partners

The winner will also benefit from AZO’s extensive network and from its renowned partners such as the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Airbus Defence and Space, and Fraunhofer IIS, depending on the chosen ESA BIC Bavaria location

E GNSS Accelerator

E-GNSS Accelerator support

Chance to win one of three tailored E-GNSS Accelerator incubation prizes worth EUR 62,000 and an E-GNSS Accelerator crowdfunding prize worth EUR 35,000 (find out more)

Awards 2018

An extra EUR 10,000 cash prize

If your idea gets selected as Galileo Masters 2019 Overall Winner



Major aerospace hub in Germany

infrastructure and coworking spaces

Complete office infrastructure and coworking spaces for startups

space innovation network

Global space innovation network with >15,000 participants (entrepreneurs & inventors), 50 European Partner regions, over 600 industrial & public stakeholders


700 company foundations in Europe and 155 company foundations in Bavaria

business angel network

Successful business angel network which invested more than EUR 50 million Venture Capital in 2018


AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen

Tamara Naydenova

+49 (0) 8105 7727723
Tamara Naydenova, AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen


Regional Organiser


AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen

AZO – Your Partner in Competition & InnovationAZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen is an international networking and branding company for the European space programmes, supporting entrepreneurship with more than 500 companies founded in Europe. For almost 15 years, AZO has established the leading European space cluster innovation network for the satellite downstream market, while providing the necessary marketing and promotion platform, incubation and expert network, as well as regional funding programmes with the objective to increase the uptake of business cases. AZO organises it’s “Innovation Masters Series”, the most important space-related innovation competitions: Galileo Masters, Copernicus Masters, INNOspace Masters, Space Exploration Masters as well as the Copernicus Hackathons in close cooperation with the European Commission (EC), Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology Germany (BMVI), European Space Agency (ESA), German Aerospace Center (DLR), as well as a number of major industrial partners such as Airbus, Merck, DHL, SAP, T-Systems, CGI and many others. In all competitions, AZO awards product innovations with well-known partners and established associated accelerator programs in almost all competitions.

Regional Partners

ESA BIC Bavaria

ESA Business Incubation Centre Bavaria

Start-up? Start here! Start now! Join the Space of Innovation to lift your Startup to the next level. Description of 1st partner (max. 700 signs incl. blanks): ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Bavaria promotes companies with disruptive products and digital businesses in areas like robotics, mobile, mobility, automotive, aviation, satellites etc. At its three Bavarian locations, Oberpfaffenhofen, Ottobrunn and Nuremberg, startups highly benefit from the direct access to space technologies, expert advice and technical facilities. Since 2004, ESA BIC Bavaria – managed by AZO - supported to date more than 155 startups with an annual turnover of round about EUR 150 million in 2018, creating more than 2,000 high-tech jobs in Bavaria and involving the amount of more than EUR 50 million venture capital in 2018. Additionally, the first IPO of an ESA BIC alumnus took place in 2017. ESA BIC Bavaria is one of the most successful incubation programs in

Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs Regional Development and Energy​

Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs Regional Development and Energy

The economic policy of Bavaria promotes sustainable economic growth with the objective to secure and expand economic prosperity in all regions of the country. The guiding principle is the social market economy. It combines entrepreneurial freedom, economic strength, ability to change and social responsibility. In the 21st century the social market economy remains the best answer to the challenges posed by globalisation, demographic development and climate change. The Bavarian economic policy focuses on liberty and personal responsibility, on the creative power of individuals. It is characterised by innovation, creativity and courage. The goal is a policy that offers opportunities and helps to tap Bavaria’s economic full potential. The Bavarian economic policy will continue to focus on growth, prosperity and quality of life. The goal is to mobilise all entrepreneurial potentials, unleash the creativity and knowledge of our citizens and develop the strengths of all regions.

E-GNSS Accelerator Partner

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European Commission

The prize pool is co-financed by the European Commission’s DG Grow. The aim of the “E-GNSS Accelerator” is to foster the market uptake of Galileo/EGNOS and high technologies in EU28, the EEA and ENP countries.


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