The Netherlands

The Netherlands Challenge

Prize 2019

Winning team

EUR 1,000 cash prize

Travel on Airplane

Free Ticket to the Awards Ceremony 2019


Pre-incubation support package worth EUR 6,500

business support, marketing & IP expert session

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office accommodation

Three months office accommodation at the Space Business Incubation Centre (SBIC) Noordwijk


consultancy day

A consultancy day with experts from the GSA Galileo Reference Centre in Noord


Ruimtevaart subscription

A one-year subscription to NVR’s magazine “Ruimtevaart”

team meeting

Additional incentive funding

The winner will be able to apply for admission to the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre programme (ESA BIC) in Noordwijk and will be eligible for an additional EUR 50,000 in incentive funding from ESA and NSO

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

The runner-up of the Netherlands Challenge receives an incubation package sponsored by SBIC Noordwijk, the Netherlands Space Office (NSO), ESA BIC Noordwijk, ANWB, V.O. Patents & Trademarks, HE Space, Verhaert, Rabobank Bollenstreek, NVR and the European GNSS Agency (GSA), which includes:

  • A pre-incubation support package worth EUR 6.500 (Business Support, Marketing & IP Expert Session)
  • Three months office accommodation at the Space Business Incubation Center Noordwijk


The Netherlands

Pioneers & Innovators

A country of pioneers, innovators, and entrepreneurs, sailing the oceans and exploring space, and an excellent place to be for technical solutions to challenges society is facing today


A key player in space technology with demand for its knowledge and expertise in Europe and the rest of the world

National Satellite Data Portal

One of the first European countries to make satellite data available for use in all types of innovative geospatial applications through the National Satellite Data Portal


European Space Agency’s (ESA) technical testing and knowledge centre, ESTEC, is located in Noordwijk as well as ESA Business Innovation Centre (BIC), which inspires and support startups using space technology for down-to-earth applications


The Netherlands Space Office (NSO)

Martijn Leinweber
Martijn Leinweber - The Netherlands Space Office (NSO)


Regional Organiser

Netherlands Space Office

The Netherlands Space Office (NSO)

In addition to serving as the Dutch space industry’s representative in international space organisations like ESA and NASA, NSO forms the central point of contact for the space community within the Netherlands. Moreover, NSO also seeks to educate the general public – and specifically students and teachers – about space (science, applications, and exploration) in an open and innovative manner. Finally, NSO invests in programmes that foster the commercial market for applications based on the utilisation of space data.

Regional Partners



The Space Business Innovation Centre (SBIC Noordwijk) supports startups which use space technologies by offering access to an international network, tools, knowledge and finance. SBIC offers various programs, workshops and events for every stage of your entrepreneurial journey.

ESA BIC Noordwijk

ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Noordwijk

ESA BIC Noordwijk is part of the business incubation programme of the European Space Agency. Located right next to ESA’s research facility ESTEC, ESA BIC Noordwijk offers technical, business and financial support to startups that use space technology for terrestrial applications. ESA BIC Noordwijk is managed by the Space Business Innovation Centre Noordwijk (SBIC Noordwijk).


GSA Galileo Reference Centre

In 2018, GSA established the Galileo Reference Centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, which plays a crucial role in monitoring the performance of the Galileo satellites.

The GSA’s mission is to support European Union objectives and achieve the highest return on European GNSS investment, in terms of benefits to users and economic growth and competitiveness.

Netherlands Space Society

Netherlands Space Society (NVR)

The Netherlands Space Society (NVR) is a vibrant and modern community that connects space professionals, future space professionals and enthusiasts, and promotes space in the Netherlands.

The NVR is a platform for space professionals from or working in Holland. Since more than 65 years, NVR has been an advocate and representative of the innovative space sector in the Netherlands from its inception to the strong high-tech sector it is today.

anwb Noordwijk


ANWB is a car insurance company that strives to assist people properly in the event of damage. It also offers complementary services related to the road.

ANWB promotes road safety through its commitment to safe roads, safe behavior, and safe vehicles. Whether it’s mobility, leisure, or vacation, it is dedicated to the subjects its customers find important and to making their voices heard in The Hague and Brussels.


HE Space

Launch your career with HE Space! HE Space Operations is specialized in personnel recruitment and focuses exclusively on space agencies and the space industry.

No other engineering services company combines an exclusive focus on space with the broad, international network HE Space has built over 30 years. HE Space can help get you where you want to go in your career in space! HE Space concentrates on supplying space experts to ESA, EUMETSAT, and the European space industry. Its industry customers include Airbus Defence and Space, ArianeGroup, OHB Systems, DLR GfR, Thales Alenia, Rovsing, Jena-Optronik, TESAT Spacecom, IABG, and STI Space Tech. HE Space employees have made significant contributions to many of Europe’s most exciting space projects. HE Space’s recruitment team for business is constantly seeking out highly educated and motivated professionals because most of its members have worked in the space industry themselves.


Rabobank Bollenstreek

Active in your area, together with our members and customers: That’s Rabobank. Here, you will find practical information about our services and learn more about our local activities.

Rabobank Bollenstreek is also there the entrepreneurs just starting out in its region. There is a lot involved in starting your own business, and we are happy to help you on your way – in opening a business account, securing financing, and acquiring insurance, for example. We look forward to helping you get off to a strong start.



Verhaert is a pioneering product innovation group that offers several services, such as consulting, acceleration programs with expert services, and project management and execution.

Verhaert believes innovation is key to future welfare, which is why it seeks to enable and master innovation as best it can. Its companies help organizations and entrepreneurs in this regard by delivering innovation, research, and development services in different formats, including consulting, projects, technology transfer, and incubation.

V.O Patents and Trademarks

V.O. Patents & Trademark

V.O Patents & Trademark is a patent attorney firm with offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. It is based around a great group of experts in intellectual property who can help you with patent applications and trademark and design registrations.

V.O. helps a wide variety of clients in different sectors around the world with their specific challenges, particularly in protecting their inventions. Although they differ in size and span many industries, they turn to V.O. because they have one thing in common: They trust its attorneys to protect the value of their IP.

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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