This year again, Czech innovation companies, entrepreneurs, research institutes and individual innovators can compete for the best idea for a terrestrial application of space technology.
Get Space Inspired contest aims to support the use of space technologies in non-space industries and to motivate companies to address their technological needs by applying know-how developed primarily for the space sector.
The competition will select and award 3 the best proposals for the adaptation (technology transfer) of space technology in terrestrial applications:
1st place – 20 000 EUR
2nd place – 10 000 EUR
3rd place – 5 000 EUR
Who can participate?
Any company, entrepreneur, innovator, university or research institute based in the Czech Republic.
Application deadline: October 31, 2023.
How to participate
Get inspired by the know-how used in space applications and submit a project presenting its application in a non-space sector.
Use the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Space Patents Database or The European Space Software Repository (ESSR) as a source of technological innovations in space.
The space innovation used in the project proposal does not have to come from the ESA database, any know-how that has been used in space or has been developed primarily for space applications can be used. The requirement is the novelty of the terrestrial use of space technology.
Use the Get Space Inspired application form below to describe your idea for applying the space technology and submit it to SparkFunding@tc.cz no later than October 31, 2023. There is no required scope of information submitted, the competitor shall submit relevant information to best meet the evaluation criteria.
The application form will be a single document consisting of the cover letter, application form and any attachments. Please apply in English.
Received applications will be evaluated by an expert jury and the results will be announced during the Czech Space Week in November 2023, date to be announced.
Terms and conditions
Evaluation criteria for technology transfer projects
The criteria for evaluating technology transfer proposals are following:
- novelty and innovation of the application
- technological feasibility
- economic sustainability
- socio-economic impact
- implementation and business plan of the proposer
The organizer of the competition will propose the nominations of the expert jury and announce these nominations at the time of the closing date for competition proposals.
The jury only announces winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes and does not announce other rankings or evaluation of individual participants.
Technology transfer projects must be technologically and economically feasible applications of Space technology. The competitor shall describe the terrestrial technological problem and its solution by space technologies application. Provider of the space solution is ESA or any company providing its technology solution in space technology sector. Participation in the competition does not establish any contractual relationship between the competitor and the owner of the space know-how and between competitor and competition organizer either. The competitor is obliged to use only information available in public sources and databases.
Transfer of the prize money will take place within 60 calendar days of the announcement of the competition results.