AZO – Your Partner in Competition & Innovation
AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen is an international networking and branding company for the European space programmes, supporting entrepreneurship with more than 500 companies founded in Europe. For almost 15 years, AZO has established the leading European space cluster innovation network for the satellite downstream market, while providing the necessary marketing and promotion platform, incubation and expert network, as well as regional funding programmes with the objective to increase the uptake of business cases. AZO organises it’s “Innovation Masters Series”, the most important space-related innovation competitions: Galileo Masters, Copernicus Masters, INNOspace Masters, Space Exploration Masters as well as the Copernicus Hackathons in close cooperation with the European Commission (EC), Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology Germany (BMVI), European Space Agency (ESA), German Aerospace Center (DLR), as well as a number of major industrial partners such as Airbus, Merck, DHL, SAP, T-Systems, CGI and many others. In all competitions, AZO awards product innovations with well-known partners and established associated accelerator programs in almost all competitions. Additionally, AZO manages its ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Bavaria. This incubation programme has supported more than 148 company foundations solely in Bavaria to date.
AZO Facts & Figures
- AZO’s global space innovation networks: >15,000 participants (entrepreneurs & inventors), > 20 million EUR prize pool, 48 European Partner regions, over 600 industrial & public stakeholders
- Entrepreneurship: AZO supported > 5,836 Business Cases with 500 company foundations in Europe and 148 company foundations in Bavaria
- Venture Capital: AZO runs a very successful business angel network which invested more than EUR 130 million Venture Capital in 2017