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European Satellite Navigation Competition 2013

The ESNC (European Satellite Navigation Competition) 2013 is an annual competition that calls upon anybody with innovative ideas that make use of Global Satellite Navigation System (GNSS) data.

Ideas should be dependent upon the precise position or timing, navigation or any other aspect of GNSS data. This includes a diverse range of application fields, from smart transportation and navigation apps to precision farming.

Those with GNSS ideas, which need not be in the form of an existing business, are invited to enter them into a secure database. Each entry will be eligible for a chance to win a share of a Euro 1 million prize pool. 

The European Galileo Masters prize is 20,000 EUR, with a chance to realise your idea as part of a six-month incubation programme in the region of your choice.


ESNC Competition Details …

Judges will assess the ideas based on the following criteria:

  • Potential benefit(s) of the idea
  • Innovation level
  • Significance of the use of GNSS in realising the idea
  • Technological feasibility
  • Availability of a prototype
  • Chances of becoming a commercial success
  • Investment potential
  • Time it would take to implement (time to market)
  • Legal risks
  • Advantage(s) compared to other existing/conventional solutions
  • Patent eligibility
UK ESNC 2013 Prizes

1st Prize £10,000 Prize Fund · £5,000 Cash · £2,500 of Business Incubation Support · £2,500 of GNSS Consultancy · Free UK patent advice · Introductions to technology partners and funding opportunities · High profile national and international PR campaign 

2nd Prize The first runner up will receive a GBP 1,000 cash prize.


All prospective applicants are also strongly encouraged to attend an ESNC ideas workshop – where there will be an opportunity to discuss ideas with a panel of experts. For university students and research associates, a series of “University Challenge” events will also be held across the country.  


To find out more and to register for any of the University Challenge events shown below, please click here.


Regional Workshops ... Seize your opportunity to discuss your GNSS ideas with a team of experts

22nd May, University of Nottingham (East Midlands Region)

3rd June, University of Surrey (South East Region)

6th June, University of Leicester (Midlands Region)

Central London and North UK events tbc

13th June, New Navigator Seminar, Reading

*All workshops are open to members of any institution


ESNC Surgery / GNSS Ideas Workshops ...

17th May, Intellect UK, London

4th June, Digital 2013, Newport

8th/9th June, Hackathon, Harwell

18th June, Venturefest, Oxford

*All events are free to attend. Workshops are tailored to provide relevant intellectual property, financial, legal, business and technical support.


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