France: The eighth European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is now open for innovative ideas in the field of satellite navigation. Deadline for companies, entrepreneurs, research institutes, universities and individuals from all over the world, to submit their ideas is June 30, 2011. One can submit entries online at https://www.galileo-masters.eu.
Earlier, this completion was known as Galileo Masters competition. It provides an opportunity for inventors and entrepreneurs on how to use satellite navigation technology in new applications on Earth. The winners will get the chance to turn them into viable businesses with the support from business incubations centres throughout Europe.
Galileo Masters competition began in Bavaria, Germany, in 2004. The overall winner – the Galileo Master – will be chosen from the winners of more than 20 regions in a competition. The Galileo Master will receive a EUR 20,000 prize and the opportunity to realise their project during a six-month incubation programme.
The ESNC 2011 International Kick-Off Conference to learn more about the completion will be held on 11 May and hosted by the Institute of Engineering and Technology in London. The conference will be opened by Carlo des Dorides, the new Executive Director of the European GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) Agency. Representatives of the competition’s sponsors will introduce this year’s special topic prizes and all the benefits ESNC can offer participants.
Experts will give an overview on financing opportunities and intellectual property rights and outline which sectors and application areas have the most potential.
Previous competition winners will be on hand to share their ESNC experience: how did winning the ESNC influence their business, what has happened since winning, and what was the result?