Hesse / Germany Challenge

Prize 2019

Winning team

EUR 7,500 Cash Prize

provided by Digitales Hessen with EUR 3,000 and by the European Union with EUR 4,500 plus comprehensive support to help preparing an application for ESA business incubation


Business Coaching

The Centre for Satellite Navigation Hesse (cesah) will provide the winner with business coaching and further expert advice

team meeting


cesah will promote the winning idea in dedicated marketing activities through its various distribution channels (e.g. website, mailings)

Piggy bank

Access to funding

access to public funding or venture capital can be provided if needed



Through the involvement of the ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Darmstadt, which is located in close proximity to the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), the winner will also be able to benefit from the technical expertise of the extensive ESA-related network for satellite navigation applications, precise positioning, and business development

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



Traffic Hubs

The region is characterised by an excellent infrastructure with various traffic hubs for air (Frankfurt Airport) road, rail and Internet


The region of Hesse is very strong in logistics, IT, automotive, biomedical, optical and production technologies. Hesse is heavily involved in new media technologies, a considerable amount of IT /software providers are located in Hesse


With its high density of innovative IT -companies/enterprises and its unique infrastructure (the central data transfer hub DE-CIX, which carries over 90% of the German and more than 35% of the European Internet traffic is located in Frankfurt), Hesse provides high potential for the development of satellite navigation based applications, services and products


Highly experienced team supports the development of business ideas and startups in satellite navigation and space applications


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Centre for Satellite Navigation Hesse (cesah)​

Donata Pedrazzani
Donata Pedrazzani - cesah


Regional Organiser


Centre for Satellite Navigation Hesse (cesah)

The centre supports the development of business ideas and startup companies in satellite navigation and space applications. In particular, cesah manages the ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Hessen & Baden-Württemberg and is located near the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC). In close collaboration and with technical and financial support from ESA, startups receive the jump-start they need to hit the ground running. cesah’s activities range from finding promising business ideas to organising part of ESA’s Europe-wide startup network. www.cesah.com

Regional Partners



The aim of the Digital Hessen Strategy is to exploit the potentials of digitisation with a view to enhancing the quality of life and furthering the sustainable development of the State of Hessen. At the same time, digitisation provides an opportunity to decouple resource consumption and economic development. Digitisation is not an end in itself – it must be to the advantage of society. The Strategy unites the activities of seven Hessian Ministries which are pushing digitisation forward within their particular areas of competence. (digitalstrategie-hessen.de)

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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