Sustainable and Efficient Innovations for Space and Earth

INNOspace Masters

About the INNOspace Masters

For world-changers and visionaries!
The INNOspace Masters innovation competition – as part of the INNOspace® initiative by the German Space Agency at DLR – is looking for world-changers with new ideas for the next space generation. Are you a visionary or a team from a research institute? A start-up or an SME? Or you are an industrial company looking for solutions through a new partnership? Then you’ve come to the right place!

Sustainable and Efficient Innovations for Space and Earth” is the new motto. The INNOspace Masters supports innovations for a sustainable future space sector, while at the same time promoting the application of existing technologies, services and applications from space for making life on Earth more sustainable.

The challenge: Each of our partners presents its own challenge to the participants with individual areas of focus according to the development phase within the innovation process. Every idea finds the right challenge at the INNOspace Masters! Each challenge selects a winner at the awards ceremony. Irrespective of the ranking in the challenges, the jury decides on an additional overall winner, who can enjoy being entitled “INNOspace Master”.

The winners of the individual challenges receive individual advice and funding opportunities from our partners. In this way, concepts and ideas lead to actual innovation projects that the winners effectively advance with support of the partners.

Goal of the INNOspace Masters

The space industry is changing!
The number of private actors, the production of payloads and the operation of satellites have multiplied. More and more space developments are being transferred into everyday life. The INNOspace Masters promotes new business ideas, the commercialisation and the initiation of “spin-in”- (from non-space into a space sector) and “spin-off”- (from space sectors into non-space) ideas. These ideas by the winners will be further developed together with the respective partner. Participants are thus active creators of the future and tap into new markets.

Innovative problem solvers wanted.
The INNOspace Masters is the competition for anyone facing the current challenges of the space industry. Through digitisation, automation and increasingly complex systems, the aerospace industry must constantly adapt and seek out new opportunities. Whether alone, in a team or as a company, anyone who wants to develop new technologies and concepts for or from the space industry and bring them to market maturity with the help of partners has come to the right place here. Existing technologies from the space industry can be transferred into other sectors, and approaches from these can be adapted for space.

Benefits for our Winners

Premium Network

Meet renowned partners and experts

Premium Network

Take a closer look at the current network
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Technical Expertise

Profit from individual expert know-how

Technical Expertise

Receive hands-on support to advance your innovation into new dimensions
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Shaping the Future

Use your creativity and initiate new impulses for the next space generation

Shaping the Future

Think of the future. Go on and shape it with your idea!

Who can apply?




Single Persons

Companies, SMEs, start-ups, research institutions, universities, and teams and individuals of legal age are eligible to participate in the INNOspace Masters. In order to optimally integrate submissions into the competition’s value creation chain according to their maturity, the following restrictions also apply to the DLR and ESA BIC Challenges:

The DLR Challenge is primarily aimed at companies (especially SMEs), universities and non-university research institutions. A registered office in Germany is mandatory.

The ESA BIC Challenge is open to all individuals and teams who aim to set up a company. A registered office or a registration address in Germany is required.

The Airbus, OHB and Mercedes-Benz Challenges have no restrictions.

Challenges 2021/2022

Facts and Figures

Since 2015, the INNOspace Masters plays an important role in promoting innovative ideas for the space sector. Its entries cover different levels of maturity along the entire value chain. Submissions include ideas and concepts from foreign industries into space, but also ideas from space into industry. The competition’s prize pool and outstanding partners enable the winners to further their ideas into real innovation projects.
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Prize Pool


Project Ideas
Submissions from 2015 – 2021


International Experts

All numbers above are a summary of the INNOspace Masters competitions from 2015 to 2021.

Our Partners

Initiated by the German Space Agency at DLR

Acting on behalf of the Federal Government, the German Space Agency at DLR designs and implements Germany’s Space Programme, which integrates all German space activities on the national and European level. The German Space Agency at DLR on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has started the INNOspace Masters in 2015 as part of the initiative INNOspace® to promote innovations, technology transfer and new markets.

Organised by AZO

AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen is carrying out the INNOspace Masters on behalf of the German Space Agency at DLR. It is an international networking and branding company initiating the most important space-related innovation competitions with more than 15,000 participants, over 200 industrial & public – and 400 international stakeholders.

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