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About the Galileo-EGNOS Prize Award Scheme (GEPAS)

The Galileo-EGNOS Prize Award Scheme (GEPAS) supported the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) from 2011 to 2015. With funding from the European Commission, the project built on the existing and established infrastructure of the ESNC. The 19 beneficiaries were part of a consortium coordinated by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO). They included regional ESNC partners from all over Europe, a special prize partner, and several Living Labs that provide a European testing infrastructure for Galileo.


GEPAS made it possible to realise three major aims within the ESNC: 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 fostered the creation of new businesses and jobs in Europe in the downstream space market. Thanks to this support, the ESNC has accomplished impressive developments over the past 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.

Key results

The ESNC's valuable network of experts has steadily expanded over the past several years. If offers the unique opportunity to provide feedback to all entrepreneurs taking part in the competition and to foster the ones active in the European space sector. The European Commission's support of the competition's partner regions in awarding more attractive prizes also made it possible to increase the overall ESNC prize pool. In co-funding around 60 such pools and establishing Europe's largest space-related incubation network as part of the ESNC, GEPAS played a crucial role in improving regional business support programmes across Europe. It thus contributed greatly to the establishment of a Europe-wide infrastructure designed to support GNSS entrepreneurs in launching their ideas.

GEPAS was also a prominent driving force behind the commercialisation of GNSS applications in Europe. It helped increase the number and quality of ideas submitted to the ESNC and boosted the rate of those successfully brought to market in the form of new products, services, and ventures. Through the dedicated support of GEPAS, a total of 60 winning teams received assistance which highly contributed to increase the success rates regarding the implementation of the awarded ideas. Furthermore several new partners were brought on board to address new markets for the European GNSS programme.

In addition, GEPAS united Europe in space by engaging more than 20 new partners from Europe and beyond in a key expansion of the ESNC partner network. It also made great strides in raising global awareness of the European GNSS programme and the ideas recognised through participation in more than 220 events during the runtime of the project.

Click through the brief summary to read more details about the scheme's accomplishments.

Success Stories

KINEXON - from the sport market to new customers

As the overall winner of ESNC 2013, KINEXON was awarded a cash prize of EUR 10,000 that was co-funded by GEPAS. 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. 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 ESNC 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. 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. 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.


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