United Kingdom Challenge

PRIZE 2018

The UK Challenge winner will be offered:

  • Business support package (worth £5,000) and tailored to your business requirements.
  • Technical support from the UK competition partners.
  • Introductory discussion on Intellectual property with Marks & Clerk, leading patent and trademark attorney.
  • Access to additional E-GNSS Accelerator business support worth EUR 62,000 (if eligible)
  • A free trip to the ESNC Awards Ceremony in Marseille, France, on 4 December 2018
  • An extra EUR 10,000 cash prize if your idea gets selected as Galileo Masters 2018 Overall Winner


  • Region
    United Kingdom

    UK winners receive a cash prize and business support services from the UK’s leading innovation organisations in satellite applications.

    The region is a leading contributor to the global space and aerospace industry and the UK space sector is increasingly recognised for its significant contribution to the UK economy. Following sustained growth over the past decade, underpinned by a broad commitment to excellence and innovation, the space sector contributes GBP 13.7bn (approx. EUR 16bn) per year to the UK economy and employs 38,500 people. The UK commands a 6.5% share of the global space market and has ambitions to increase this to 10% as the global market swells to a predicted value of GBP 400 billion (approx. EUR 460 billion) by 2030. The UK provides a supportive and innovative environment for companies to succeed in international markets and there is a growing entrepreneurial space community at the UK Space Gateway in Harwell Oxford with regional growth hubs across the country. As well as 40 space-based start-ups, the Harwell Campus is home to the Satellite Applications Catapult, RAL Space’s state-of-the-art test facility and ESA’s new European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT).

  • Regional Organiser
    Satellite Applications Catapult

    The UK ESNC Challenge is managed by the Satellite Applications Catapult with the support of further UK competition partners.

    The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent, not-for-profit innovation and technology company, created to foster growth across the economy through the exploitation of space. The Catapult helps organisations make use of and benefit from satellite technologies, and brings together multi-disciplinary teams to generate ideas and solutions in an open innovation environment. Based in Harwell, near Didcot, the Catapult was established in May 2013 by Innovate UK (the Government’s innovation agency) as one of a network of centres to accelerate the take-up of emerging technologies and drive economic growth. Find out more at sa.catapult.org.uk

  •  Regional Partners
    UK Space Agency

    The UK Space Agency is at the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space.

    The UK Space Agency is responsible for ensuring that the UK retains and grows a strategic capability in space-based systems, technologies, science and applications. It leads the UK’s civil space programme in order to win sustainable economic growth, secure new scientific knowledge and provide benefit to all citizens.

    Innovate UK

    Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. The agency works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy.

    With a strong business focus, we drive growth by working with companies to de-risk, enable and support innovation. To do this, we work to:

    • determine which science and technology developments will drive future economic growth
    • meet UK innovators with great ideas in the fields we’re focused on
    • fund the strongest opportunities
    • connect innovators with the right partners they need to succeed
    • help our innovators launch, build and grow successful businesses
    Airbus Defence and Space

    Number 1 in Europe and no. 3 worldwide, Airbus employs 15,000 men and women in five countries: France, Germany, the UK, Spain and the Netherlands.

    15,000 professionals chosen from among the very best, all passionate about space and driven by the great adventure of our time – bringing the infinite potential of space down to Earth for the benefit of mankind. Guaranteeing Europe’s access to space as the established leader in space transportation, satellite systems and services, Airbus has for over 40 years been dedicated to bring you all the space you need – now and in the future. It is a mission which resonates with many of the most prestigious names in space – Ariane, the International Space Station, Envisat, Mars Express, Skynet 5 … It is a mission with a consistent commitment, to offer our customers the best possible solutions in the market, with unbeatable levels of, quality, cost-efficiency and schedule adherence. (airbusdefenceandspace.com)

    Marks & Clerk MC

    Marks & Clerk LLP is a well-established intellectual property firm with over 125 years' experience, advising clients in protecting patents, trademarks, designs and copyright.

    Their unique group also includes Marks & Clerk Solicitors LLP, who are one of the leading intellectual property firms in the UK, and Marks & Clerk Consulting LLP. The group’s strong international presence is represented by offices in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. Their patent attorneys and solicitors have strong scientific and technical backgrounds complementing their legal position, and are able to advise clients across the full spectrum of technologies including electronics, mechanical engineering, biotechnology and cleantech. Their international network of trade mark attorneys provides advice to organisations across a wide range of sectors including academic and research institutions, science parks, electronics and gaming, food and beverage, fashion, sports, media and FMCG. Since 2010 their national and international attorney practice has been awarded the ISO 9001 certification for quality management systems, demonstrating their commitment to providing a consistently high level of service. (www.marks-clerk.com)

    STFC & ESA BIC Harwell

    The Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Harwell support entrepreneurs and high-tech startup companies to transfer space technologies, applications and services into viable non-space businesses.

    The ESA BIC Harwell provides access to business support and facilities that enable high-tech SMEs and entrepreneurs to develop space technologies into successful non-space businesses. It is one of seven such partnerships ESA has in place across Europe. The unique combination of more than £40,000 funding, technical expertise, office space and business support that STFC and ESA offers provides a perfect environment for high-tech startups to flourish.

    The Royal Institute of Navigation

    The Royal Institute of Navigation is a learned society with charitable status.

    Formed in 1947 and granted Royal recognition in 1972, and incorporated by Royal Charter in 2006 the charitable aims of the society have always been: to unite in one body those interested in navigation; to advance the art, science and practice of navigation; and to promote knowledge in navigation and its associated sciences, including positioning, timing, tracking and conduct of a journey, whether on, in, over or under land, sea, air or space. (rin.org.uk)

  • 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.


Satellite Applications Catapult
Ms Kirsten Robinson
+44 (0) 1235 567999