The sixth round of the INNOspace Masters was running from 30 October 2020 to 12 February 2021. Participants of the INNOspace Masters had the choice to select one out of five challenges, which would fit best on the focus of their idea. The competition is annually awarding innovative concepts and solutions that solve current challenges in space or non-space industries by transferring knowledge or technology. In addition to worldwide network contacts, the winners receive technological and economical support as well as assistance in implementing the project.
Each challenge addresses a variety of topics and focuses on a different phase of maturity – from applied research to market-ready solutions.
Acting on behalf of the Federal Government, the DLR’s Space Administration designs and implements Germany’s Space Programme, which integrates all German space activities on the national and European level.
The DLR Space Administration has started the initiative INNOspace® to promote innovations, technology transfer and new markets.
The DLR Space Administration is looking for innovative ideas and concepts leading to improved technologies, processes and applications by transferring expertise between space and other sectors. This year’s DLR Challenge focusses on:
The ideas can reach from basic applied research up to technology demonstrators.
The German ESA Business Incubation Centres (BICs) offer the only start-up programme in Germany that promotes company foundations based on technology transfers from and into the space sector from the initial phase up to the marketable product. In close collaboration with renowned partners the programme supports young companies for a period of up to two years.
The start-ups receive financial and technical support as an incentive.
The ESA BIC Start-up Challenge of the INNOspace Masters is looking for new technology transfer ideas and business models from earth into space and vice versa. Potential examples :
Start-ups are invited to submit their innovative products or services for the new space economy and obtain support from Germany’s ESA Business Incubation Centres in entering this future industry.
With new commercial approaches, Airbus is positioning itself as an European leader at the pinnacle of technology and industrial development.
Airbus welcomes the opportunity to find external innovators with this award, in order to shape the future of commercial space together – along the complete aerospace value chain.
Airbus is looking for exceptional hardware, industrial process, application or business model that – through aerospace – are suitable to have a lasting influence on our daily lives. Airbus is looking for solutions enabling sustainable infrastructures on earth and in space on topics such as, but not limited to:
The challenge is looking for participants who strive to advance into new realms with Airbus, who would like to discover what the access to Airbus platforms and services could offer to them and learn how they could interface with Bartolomeo, KIWI, FLP, OneWeb, OneAtlas a.o. to realise their ideas.
OHB SE is an European aerospace and technology group and one of the major independent forces within the European aerospace industry. Approx. 2,500 experts and executives are working on central European aerospace programmes.
With nearly 40 years of experience in the development and implementation of innovative aerospace systems and projects, and a range of specific aerospace and telematic products, the OHB Group has earned itself an outstanding position and is a renowned entity in international competition.
The growing number of actors and users of space might become a problem for its future utilization. Packed orbits, jammed frequencies, irresponsible actions, space debris… all can influence how sustainable the space business will be in the future. It is important that we find ways to ensure that humanity will be able to continue benefiting from the use of outer space as a resource for big scientific and technological advances.
The development and use of new technologies and processes with focus on space sustainability from space and non-space sectors have potential for greater benefits in the future. OHB is seeking for new ideas for a more sustainable future space sector – from novel concepts to competitive solutions:
Overall, OHB aims at ensuring long-term sustainability in space while increasing the performance in all future space projects.
Let’s make space a more sustainable business!
DB Netz AG, the infrastructure subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn AG, operates the largest railway network in Europe:
DB Netze is seeking for innovations from the aerospace sector that can be used to intelligently inspect, automatically maintain and continuously monitor the current state of tomorrows infrastructure, in order to make it more efficient, available and robust.
Support the development of their technical systems with an eye towards achieving intelligent, interconnected, durable and disruption-free infrastructure. Partner up with DB Netz AG and put your solution to the test in their working railway environment.
DB Netz AG is looking for innovative solutions in the following areas:
Learn which criteria the submission needed to fulfill in order to have the best chances of winning the dedicated challenge.
As a cross-challenge prize, the top 3 teams in each challenge will receive exclusive pitch coaching. Within an interactive training session, finalists have the opportunity to improve and learn their pitches, optimise content and presentation techniques so that listeners can quickly and easily grasp the key points of an idea. The coaching takes place before the Overall Evaluation Meeting, at which the expert jury selects the overall winner of the competition from all of the finalists. The goal of the INNOspace Masters Coaching is to optimally prepare the finalists for their pitches in front of the expert jury as well as for presenting their ideas during the conference and award ceremony.
The coaching is provided by Airbus Innovation.
When: Spring 2021
Who: 2 people each per finalist team
Process: Each coaching participant prepares a presentation for the Overall Evaluation Meeting (7 min pitch and 8 min Q&A) in summer 2021. In addition, a video recording of the pitch will be made so that the participants can form their own impression of their performance.
Please note: due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the coaching will take place virtually.
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