Czech Republic

Czech Republic Challenge

Prize 2019

Winning team

ESA BIC Prague support programme

The regional winner of the 2019 Czech Republic Challenge (along with the first and second runners-up) will receive access to an individually tailored support programme from the ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Prague team, including mentoring and workshops



Business coaching, support for the preparation of a proposal for an incubator, technical coaching and assistance, co-working space

Travel on Airplane

Travel costs to Awards Ceremony

Free travel and accommodation for the Galileo Masters Awards Ceremony 2019 (valued at up to EUR 4,000 in total)

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


Czech Republic


Home to longstanding scientific research in astronomy and astrophysics, upper-atmosphere physics, and geodesy

Research & Development

Place of excellence for R&D in all the major space domains: Generic technologies, launchers, satellite navigation, telecommunications, Earth observation, space situational awareness, microgravity research, and planetary exploration


Important startup ecosystems in Central and Eastern Europe – variety of incubators (including 2 ESA BICs), acceleration programmes, funding opportunities, and other supporting organisations

National Coordinator

Team of a national coordinator of all space activities, including satellite navigation development


+42(0) 225 131 657

The Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic

Josef Sobra
Josef Sobra - The Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic


Regional Organiser

Czech Republic Ministry of Transport

The Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic

It is accountable for the creation of national transport policy and also for its implementation within the scope of its competence. The Ministry of Transport has a governmental competency concerning the participation of the Czech Republic in the European satellite navigation programme Galileo and it plays the role of the national coordinator in the field of satellite navigation development. It is also responsible for coordination of space activities in The Czech Republic in general; it is responsible for Czech membership in European Space Agency (ESA), EU space policy and partnership with the European GNSS Agency (GSA).

Regional Partners

Czech Invest

Business and Investment Development Agency CzechInvest

As a government agency, its main objective is to raise the competitiveness of the Czech economy by supporting small and medium-sized enterprises, domestic business infrastructure, and innovation. It attracts to the Czech Republic foreign investors operating in manufacturing, business support services, and technology centers, and also supports Czech enterprises in their expansion efforts. Through its services and development programmes, CzechInvest supports the promotion of domestic companies and Czech and foreign investors. More information about CzechInvest is available at:

ESA BIC Prague

ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Prague

So far, 20 ESA BICs have been established in 17 European countries, and more are already being planned. Together, they work regionally to inspire entrepreneurs to turn space-connected business ideas into commercial companies. More than 650 start-ups have been supported by the network to date.
ESA BICs offer an extensive support package to entrepreneurs and start-ups with innovative ideas for downstream and upstream applications. With branches in Prague and Brno, ESA BIC Czech Republic targets companies that are using space technologies for general industrial, scientific, and commercial purposes or leveraging non-space technologies in products and services for the space sector.

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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