Last week we had the privilege to attend the European Space Week 2019 (EUSW2019). It was a great space networking event!
Not just we had the pleasure to be with one of our incubates, THEIA that won the BMVI Copernicus Masters on Digital Transport Challenge with their most recent project ERMES (https://ermes.space/) - Extensive Road Monitoring Early-warning System through satellite data. But also we could meet dozens of other startups from all over the world, and experts and investors interested to know more about our national ecosystem.
The programme was full of workshops and talks on GNSS, EGNOS and the Copernicus family, as well as use cases and user requirements presentation. Also more broad and future preparedness panels on sustainability were inspirational and motivating for all attendees.
On top of the great speakers, the breakfast meetings organized by the event were excellent opportunities to boost networking and matchmaking between participants of the EUSW2019.
The highlight of the event goes to the “space Oscars” award ceremony. Copernicus and Galileo Master prizes were awarded to several startups and projects that submitted innovative ideas with the use of either Copernicus data or high accuracy positioning.
In this context, we are happy to mention that in the past 3 years ESA BIC Portugal companies have been awarded prizes from different Copernicus Master’s challenges:
1. Spacelayer Technologies (www.spacelayertech.com ) in 2017 with SOUL project: https://copernicus-masters.com/winner/soul-sensor-observation-of-urban-life/;
2. Cybele (https://robinbouvier.wixsite.com/cybele) in 2018 with “Making business above profit” (https://copernicus-masters.com/winner/cybele-making-business-above-profit/);
3. THEIA (https://theia.pt/) in 2019 with ERMES (https://copernicus-masters.com/winner/ermes-extensive-road-monitoring-early-warning-system/).
To know more about the other Copernicus Masters, check: http://www.copernicus-masters.com/hall-of-fame/