Poland Challenge

PRIZE 2018

The winner of the Poland Challenge will benefit from:

  • Easier access to space sector acceleration programme with possibility to receive EUR 50,000 for R&D activities
  • The opportunity to secure investment, up to EUR 500,000
  • Six months of office space and services on site, worth EUR 2,500 (for two people)
  • Internships at companies involved in GNSS, GIS, and the wider space industry
  • Business, technical, and scientific consulting provided by organisers and partners of the 2017 Poland Challenge, worth in total EUR 5,000
  • Marketing and networking opportunities
  • Travel and accommodation is provided (up to EUR 1,000)
  • Access to additional 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


  • Region

    ESNC Poland Challenge - A Gateway to Intermodal Transport of the Future

    The country spreads from the Baltic Sea down to the mountains in its southern region. In addition to several urban areas with over 500,000 inhabitants, Poland boasts a number of places virtually untouched by civilization.

    Poland is also one of the biggest markets for IT, mobile, transport, and entertainment products and services within the European Union. It has a very vibrant investment scene with an increasing interest in funding new applications and technological solutions. Having joined the European Union in 2004 and become a European Space Agency member state in late 2012, Poland is now able to realise, fund, or co-fund several space-related programmes.

  • Regional Organiser
    Blue Dot Solutions

    Blue Dot Solutions (BDS) Ltd. is a Polish space SME composed of MSc and PhD graduates from various engineering and scientific backgrounds.

    Thanks to its years of combined experience in space technologies and business, this interdisciplinary team is able to offer a broad range of engineering, B2B, and consulting services to the Polish space sector. Since 2010, BDS representatives have been participating regularly in the biggest industry events, such as the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and the European Space Policy Conference.

    Blue Dot Solutions’ services are mostly related to projects conducted for the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the European Commission (within the Horizon 2020 calls concerning space, ICT, and security). Further information on the company’s portfolio is publicly available at www.bluedotsolutions.eu. In addition to developing its own products based on EO and GNSS data in cooperation with finalists from previous ESNC editions, BDS owns the biggest Polish website dedicated to space news, named Kosmonauta.net.

  • Regional Partners
    Black Pearls VC

    Black Pearls VC is the biggest venture capital company in northern Poland. The team specialises in capital management and invests in companies that are in the early stages of development.

    Apart from investing, Black Pearls VC’s consulting activities support companies, public administrators, and the science sector with the necessary knowledge and experience. It also provides potential for private funding, indispensable expertise, and quick and international growth. The company’s results are visible in its efficiency and work ethic: so far, it has obtained PLN 170,000,000 in capital for its clients. Black Pearls VC is also coordinating a Horizon 2020 project called POSITION, which focuses on supporting the development of Polish GNSS applications.

    Polish Space Agency

    After the decision was made to locate the agency in the city of Gdansk (northern Poland) in late 2014, the Polish Space Agency (Polska Agencja Kosmiczna, POLSA) then commenced operations in early February 2015.

    The first director of POLSA is Professor Marek Banaszkiewicz, who was previously associated with Poland’s Space Research Centre. The agency’s goal is to conduct tasks in the field of space research and apply the results to technology developments envisioned for Polish industry, state security, and science.

    Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu SA

    The Industrial Development Agency JSC (IDA JSC) is a state-owned company that has been responsible for responding to the vital needs of the Polish economy since 1990.

    The IDA focuses on three main pillars of activity: innovations, restructuring, and investments. The agency provides incentives for industrial development by creating a coherent support system that brings business and science together, finances restructuring processes and innovative projects, and enhances the asset value of the businesses promoted.

    Pomorska Specjalna Strefa Ekonomiczna

    The Pomeranian Special Economic Zone comprises 24 subzones that span a total of roughly 1,859 hectares in four provinces.

    By providing conditions that are advantageous to economic activity, it seeks to offer unique opportunities to invest in Poland. Investors, for example, benefit from a tax exemption scheme in accordance with the country’s legislation on special economic zones. PSEZ also owns and oversees two flagship projects: the Professor Hilary Koprowski Gdańsk Science and Technology Park (GSTP) and the Baltic Port of New Technologies (BPNT). The GSTP is the home of the Polish Space Agency.

  • 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.


Blue Dot Solutions Ltd.
Mr Krzysztof Kanawka
+48 58 520 16 34