Catalonia / Spain Challenge

PRIZE 2018

The winner of the Catalonia Challenge will be offered the following prizes:

  • A EUR 1,000 cash prize offered by ZBM Patents
  • A free trip to the 2018 Galileo Masters Awards Ceremony and EU Space Week in Marseille, France in Dec 2018
  • 100 hours pack to use CTTC “GEMMA Navigation® Testbed” + “GNSS- IFEN Simulator” and 20 hours research staff support by CTTC Geomatics Division (worth EUR 6,000)
  • A complete patentability study (worth EUR 3,000): In light of the prior art – either already known by the client or / and retrieved in a search – ZBM Patents will provide an opinion regarding the patentability of the invention and the scope of protection that can be expected
  • A 24 hours mentoring service (worth EUR 3,000) provided by experts of Intelligent Consulting
  • A 12 hours consulting pack (worth EUR 1,500), providing the knowledge and experience of Eurania Aviation Advisory Services experts team on aeronautical, technical, and regulatory criteria
  • Free co-working space and office services (worth EUR 900) at Parc UPC Aerospace Castelldefels Campus
  • Access to tailored E-GNSS Accelerator business support worth EUR 62,000 (if eligible)
  • An extra EUR 10,000 cash prize if your idea gets selected as Galileo Masters 2018 Overall Winner

In case the winning application is drone-related,  the winning team can benefit from a BCN DRONE CENTER 3 Day Pass (worth EUR 3,000) incl.

  • 1 UAV + 3 participants + 1 visitor pass
  • 4 hours consultancy services
  • 3 vouchers with 25% off in the UAV Remote Sensing Applications Course
  • Access to the Airfield and Airspace (NOTAM)
  • Access to office space, hangar and workshops
  • Field power socket and WiFi


  • Region
    Catalonia / Spain

    Supporting the best GNSS application idea with our great institutional and industry partners in an attractive environment.

    Catalonia has traditionally had a relevant ICT sector, thanks to a strong consumer electronics presence, a highly competitive software development sector and being one of the biggest industrial clusters in Europe. The region has always offered a dynamic ecosystem that now hosts the Mobile World Capital and the most important technology events in the world as the Mobile World Congress, IoT Solutions World Congress and Smart City Expo and World Congress.
    Our businesses, universities, and research centres work with the European Space Agency and have played crucial roles in several programmes such as SMOS, GALILEO, ATV, GAIA, and MELISSA.
    The first ESA Business Incubation Centre in Spain, which was inaugurated in Barcelona in 2014, supports start-ups that apply space technologies to develop innovative services and products for everyday life. In 2016 was launch Catalonia Smart Drones, a group of companies, universities and technological centers working together to promote the Drone industry in Catalonia. UPC is also handling the organisation of one of the five ESNC University Challenges, which is being held in Barcelona.

  • Regional Organiser
    Fundació KIM (Knowledge Innovation Market)

    Space is where the technology meets the needs

    KIM is an entity which seeks to align the expectations of industry and research and technological centres to exploit the opportunities of Open Innovation with the aim of stimulating the knowledge economy in Spain. KIM collaborates with ESA since 2012 when it was entrusted with the assessment, prioritisation and analysis of patent portfolio of the Agency to their application in non-space sectors in Spain. In 2016, the European Space Agency (ESA) selected KIM as the new ESA broker in Spain. KIM has the role to detect business innovations developed by the Spanish space industry and ESA technologies, in order to market them in the non-space sector.

  •  Regional Partners

    Indra's mission: To be an innovative knowledge-based company in its relations with internal and external stakeholders, with the institutions that cultivate and develop this knowledge, and with the communities in which Indra operates.

    Indra is a leading global consulting and technology company, and the technology partner for the core business operations of its clients’ businesses throughout the world. It is one of the world’s largest providers of proprietary solutions in specific segments of the transport and defense markets and a bellwether in information technology in Spain and Latin America. The company provides a comprehensive range of high added-value proprietary solutions and cutting-edge services in technology, and a singular culture of reliability, flexibility and adaptability to the needs of its customers.

    ZBM Patents

    A distinctive style in IP.

    Established in 2004, ZBM Patents has a strong team of 25 IP professionals, including qualified European Patent attorneys as well as Spanish Patent and Trademark Attorneys, which are trained and experienced in a wide range of areas such as mechanics, electronics, computer technology, pharmacy, chemistry, and biotechnology. This knowledge and experience, together with the personal attention to their clients, allows them to reach a deep understanding of the technical problems and thus to offer the best advice on patent issues.

    Intelligent Consulting

    Making space technologies reach the market needs.

    IT and Communications applied to process improvement and competitiveness in organisations and public bodies. Intelligent Consulting brings together the expertise of professionals with extensive industry experience providing advisory services and provision of technology in the areas of aerospace, smart cities, marketing technologies, IT security, intelligent transportation systems, and training and dissemination actions on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).


    Your research and innovation partner in remote sensing, satellite positioning navigation and communication technologies.

    The Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC) is a non-profit research institution resulting from a public initiative of the Regional Government of Catalonia. Research activities at the CTTC, both fundamental and applied, mainly focus on technologies related to the physical, data-link and network layers of communication systems, and to the Geomatics. CTTC has a professional scientific management, a critical mass of researchers and projects, real possibilities of growing and establishing durable links with the industrial and business sectors, and the capacity of leading technological projects, both national and international.

    BCN Drone Center

    The best place to develop and test drone technology in southern Europe.

    Barcelona Drone Center is one of the few test sites in the world for the development and testing of civil unmanned aerial vehicles. It counts with an official segregated airspace of 2,500 ha and a bioclimatic and sustainable building equipped with ground control station, workshop, office, meeting room and hangar, setting up the perfect environment for drone development and testing. The airfield counts with a runway, heliport, geodesic points and calibration targets, being a complete outdoor remote sensing laboratory. The Center is placed in a rural setting in nearby Barcelona area.

    UPC. Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya. BarcelonaTech

    An innovation ecosystem with a high concentration of knowledge and technology. A location that adds value to businesses.

    Parc UPC, the Science and Technology Park of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), is a highly concentrated knowledge and technology centre whose mission is to return value to society and promote better quality of life. Parc UPC provides facilities, technological infrastructures and value-added services, all aimed at fostering synergies between research stakeholders and companies and ultimately designed to ensure successful projects and enterprises.

    Eurania Aviation Advisory Services

    Eurania is an aeronautical consultancy which offers clients comprehensive quality service, applying all of their professional aeronautical knowledge and expertise.

    They are open to offer the best alternatives and solutions, providing their clients the best technical aeronautical advice to comply with all local and international regulations. The specialisation allows Eurania a broad coverage of the whole sector, allowing us to be able to advise potential clients on a variety of projects.


    Helping companies grow and progress with information technology. Promoting and ensuring the proper exercise of professionals from telecommunications engineering, electronics and audio-visual media sectors.

    The Catalan Association of Telecommunications Engineers ( is a private entity that since 1992 represents telecommunication engineers in Catalonia. Since 2015 and following the modification of the statutes, the group also includes electronic engineers and audio-visual media. Currently has more than a thousand professional members. supports and promotes the careers of graduates in telecommunications engineering, electronic and audio-visual media. aims at providing basic services to its members: legal advice and work tools for professional development, training, subscription to magazines and technical publications, discounts on products and services, etc.

  • E-GNSS Accelerator Partner
    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.

    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.


Mr Armengol Torres
+34 600 485 486