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The Copernicus Start-up Programme is on track!

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Because the socio-economic benefits brought by Copernicus will be maximised only with a strong involvement of the downstream companies, in particular with the implication of start-ups and entrepreneurs, the European Commission is implementing a “Copernicus Start-up Programme” as part of its Copernicus user uptake strategy.

The “Copernicus Start-up Programme” builds on four components whose implementation significantly progressed over the last few months:

Copernicus Prizes
The first prizes will be awarded in 2017 in the context of the Copernicus Masters, the European competition for entrepreneurs, start-ups & students who develop applications based on Copernicus. This year, 13 prizes will be awarded, representing a total value of EUR 1.5 million. Competitors can apply until 30 June 2017.

Copernicus Hackathons
These sprint-like events will be a unique opportunity for computer programmers and subject-experts to collaborate intensively and develop software applications exploiting Copernicus data. The European Commission recently launched the process to select the organiser of the Copernicus Hackathons, with the objective to finance 20 Copernicus Hackathons every year throughout Europe.

Copernicus Accelerator
Operational since November 2016, it already provides customised coaching to 50 promising start-ups and entrepreneurs. This mechanism will be renewed in 2017 with the objective to provide every year a group of start-ups and entrepreneurs selected through the Copernicus Masters and the Copernicus Hackathons with mentorship.

Copernicus Incubation Programme
Thanks to a budget of EUR 3 million, the European Commission will finance the incubation of the 20 most promising European start-ups every year for the next 3 years in order to help them commercialising their first products. The process for selecting the organiser of the Copernicus Incubation Programme was launched recently, with the objective to start operations by the end of 2017.

SOURCE: Copernicus website