The Netherlands Challenge

PRIZE 2018

The winner of the Netherlands Challenge receives an incubation package sponsored by the Space Business Innovation Centre Noordwijk (SBIC Noordwijk), the Netherlands Space Office (NSO), ESA BIC Noordwijk, CGI, NLR, Zuits Tax Lawyers, NVR and the European GNSS Agency (GSA), which includes:

  • A free trip ticket to the Awards Ceremony during the EU Space Week in Marseille, France in December 2018
  • Three months of free pre-incubation at the Space Business Incubation Center Noordwijk
  • 40 hours of technical support for product development by CGI
  • 40 hours of technical support for product development provided by NLR
  • A consultancy day with experts from the GSA Galileo Reference Centre in Noordwijk
  • A one-year membership to NVR’s magazine “Ruimtevaart”
  • 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


The winner will be able to apply for admission to the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre programme (ESA BIC) in Noordwijk and will be eligible for an additional EUR 50,000 in incentive funding from ESA and NSO, as well as an optional loan from Rabobank Bollenstreek.

The winning team’s involvement in the space business community in Noordwijk will also enable it to benefit from the technical expertise of ESA at its research and development facility ESTEC, as well as take advantage of having access to the rest of SBIC’s extensive network.


  • Region
    The Netherlands

    The Netherlands, the space to launch your #SATNAV idea.

    The Netherlands has always been a country of pioneers, innovators, and entrepreneurs, sailing the oceans and exploring space. Dutch companies and knowledge institutes in the high-tech sector are renowned for their technological excellence and are among the world’s best in their market segments and niches. These properties make the Netherlands an excellent place to be for technical solutions to challenges society is facing today.

    The Netherlands is a key player in space technology, and our scientific research is highly regarded. There is demand for our knowledge and expertise in Europe and the rest of the world. A number of Dutch companies and institutes help to build space instruments, satellites, and launch vehicles, while others provide satellite data services to companies, authorities, and citizens.

    Applications of satellite data are becoming more and more important as drivers of economic activity. Through the National Satellite Data Portal, the Netherlands has also been one of the first European countries to make satellite data available for use in all types of innovative geospatial applications.

    Meanwhile, the Netherlands is one of the founding members of ESA. The agency’s technical testing and knowledge centre, ESTeC, is located in Noordwijk and employs over 2,000 people. Next to ESTeC is the Space Business Park, where several space-related companies have established their businesses. One of them is the European Space Innovation Centre, which provides space to promising start-up companies.

  • Regional Organisers
    The Netherlands Space Office (NSO)

    The Netherlands Space Office (NSO) was established by the Dutch government to develop and implement its country's long-term space programme.

    In addition to serving as the Dutch space industry’s representative in international space organisations like ESA and NASA, NSO forms the central point of contact for the space community within the Netherlands. Moreover, NSO also seeks to educate the general public – and specifically students and teachers – about space (science, applications, and exploration) in an open and innovative manner. Finally, NSO invests in programmes that foster the commercial market for applications based on the utilisation of space data.



    The Space Business Innovation Centre (SBIC Noordwijk) supports startups which use space technologies by offering access to an international network, tools, knowledge and finance. SBIC offers various programs, workshops and events for every stage of your entrepreneurial journey

  • Regional Partners
    ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Noordwijk

    Make space part of your business!

    ESA BIC Noordwijk is part of the business incubation programme of the European Space Agency. Located right next to ESA’s research facility ESTEC, ESA BIC Noordwijk offers technical, business and financial support to startups that use space technology for terrestrial applications. ESA BIC Noordwijk is managed by the Space Business Innovation Centre Noordwijk (SBIC Noordwijk).


    CGI is a global ICT company, with a strong presence in the space industry.

    CGI supports ESA and the EC in navigation and Earth observation projects. The company brings years of specialist knowledge and experience to space projects coupled with technical and security excellence in IT system development and integration.

    NLR Netherlands Aerospace Centre

    NLR is a leading international research centre for aerospace.

    Bolstered by its multidisciplinary expertise and unrivalled research facilities, NLR provides innovative and integral solutions for the complex challenges in the aerospace sector. NLR’s activities span the full spectrum of Research Development Test & Evaluation (RDT & E). Given NLR’s specialist knowledge and facilities, companies turn to NLR for validation, verification, qualification, simulation and evaluation. NLR thereby bridges the gap between research and practical applications, while working for both government and industry at home and abroad. NLR stands for practical and innovative solutions, technical expertise and a long-term design vision. This allows NLR’s cutting edge technology to find its way into successful aerospace programs of OEMs, including Airbus, Embraer and Pilatus. NLR contributes to (military) programs, such as ESA’s IXV re-entry vehicle, the F-35, the Apache helicopter, and European programs, including SESAR and Clean Sky 2.


    Zuits offers tailor-made innovative tax services against suitable pricing, in order to be approachable for both start-ups and larger corporations.

    Zuits is a partnership between Zirkzee Group and tax lawyer Raymond Schuwer.ices.

    GSA Galileo Reference Centre

    In 2018, GSA established the Galileo Reference Centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, which plays a crucial role in monitoring the performance of the Galileo satellites.

    The GSA’s mission is to support European Union objectives and achieve the highest return on European GNSS investment, in terms of benefits to users and economic growth and competitiveness.

    Netherlands Space Society (NVR)

    The Netherlands Space Society (NVR) is a vibrant and modern community that connects space professionals, future space professionals and enthusiasts, and promotes space in the Netherlands.

    The NVR is a platform for space professionals from or working in Holland. Since more than 65 years, NVR has been an advocate and representative of the innovative space sector in the Netherlands from its inception to the strong high-tech sector it is today.

  • 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.


SBIC Noordwijk
Mr Martijn Leinweber
+31 71 2020 307