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Romanian entrepreneurs are invited to enter the worldwide Copernicus Masters Competition

on 28 April 2015

Between 15 April to 13 July, applications are open for the fifth edition of the Copernicus Masters Competition, organised since 2011 by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Germany’s Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen in order to aid wordwide entrepreneurs in bringing their innovations to market.

Enterprises, scientific institutions, and individuals of legal adult age from anywhere in the world are entitled to participate in different categories ('the Challenges') of the competition by submitting ideas for services, business concepts and applications based on satellite Earth observation data primarily generated under Europe’s Copernicus environment monitoring programme by its Sentinel satellites.

Participants can choose from a number of challenges covering topics such as environmental monitoring, transportation logistics, agriculture and forestry, civil security, cloud computing and mobile services, as well as the innovative use of high-resolution satellite imagery and radar data.

Descriptions of all of the Challenges in the Copernicus Masters 2015 are available on the official website of the competition, www.copernicus-masters.com. The website includes details on the prizes to be awarded in each Challenge and the evaluation criteria that will determine the winning proposal. One winner will be selected by the expert panel of each Challenge. In addition, one overall winner – the Copernicus Master 2015 – will receive €20 000 and a satellite data package worth an additional €60 000.

Last year was the competition’s most successful so far, receiving more than 170 entries from 43 countries. The winners from the past years are turning their business ideas into reality with the help of their Challenge partners, while some have already transformed their projects into market-ready products.

Submissions for all Challenges will be accepted from 15 April to 13 July. For more information, visit the Copernicus Masters website.

This year’s competition is supported by a number of world-class partners, including the European Space Agency (ESA), the DLR German Aerospace Center, T-Systems International GmbH, Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd, Greece's National Cadastre and Mapping Agency, CloudEO AG and European Space Imaging GmbH.