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New information on the ESNC Regional Competition - Romania 2015

on 08 May 2015

The prizes of the ESNC Regional Competition - Romania Challenge are provided by the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), the regional organiser, along with eight other partners: Institute of Space Science (ISS), National Institute for Aerospace Research "Elie Carafoli" (INCAS), Romanian Association for Electronic and Software Industry (ARIES), Romanian Association for Technology Transfer and Innovation (ARoTT), Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest (UTCB), University Politehnica of Bucharest (UPB), RARTEL and GMV Romania.

The prizes consist of:

  • 1,000 EUR cash (with UTCB & RARTEL each contributing half) for the winner of the competition;
  • a two-week internship at one of the GNSS centers of the Telespazio group (including transportation/accommodation) for the winner of the competition (provided by RARTEL);
  • an internship at the GMV group for one of the finalists, including transport/accommodation (awarded by GMV Romania);
  • access to technical spaces, support and advice from technical experts in implementing the winning ideas for the winner and second runner-up (prizes offered by ROSA, INCAS, ISS and UPB - FIA);
  • business coaching, assistance in identifying potential commercial partners, SME development consultancy/start-up/spin-off (awarded by ARoTT);
  • assistance in accessing public/private financing and marketing services (awarded by ARIES).

In addition, the winner of the regional competition will attend the official awards ceremony and will have a chance to win the grand prize (20,000 EUR offered by Anwendungzentrum GmbH).

Participants also have the opportunity to compete at European level for 6 special prizes sponsored by institutional partners (GSA, ESA, DLR, BMVI, University Challenge, GNSS Living Lab Prize):

The most promising E-GNSS application idea (provided by the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency - the European GNSS Agency/GSA)
Subject: Innovative ideas based on the European GNSS signals or services (Galileo/EGNOS);
Prize: the opportunity to realise the idea at a suitable incubation centre of their choice within the EU28 for six months, with the option of an additional six months.

ESA Space Solutions Prize (offered by the European Space Agency - ESA)
Subject: Innovative ideas that can be immediately implemented and quickly nurtured into profitable start-ups;
Prix: a cash award of 10000 EUR and start-up support in one of the fifteen ESA Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs)

Navigation – core driver for the digital world (provided by the German Aerospace Center)
Subject: GNSS Applications in 1) System Embedded for Digital Transformation & Position Driven Service or 2) GALILEO Early Services & System Performance;
Prize: A voucher for five man-months of DLR services (a 50000 EUR value) including access to experts, spaces etc.

PRS applications - reliable services for a secure digital society (provided by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany)
Subject: Ideas based on PRS services in the area;
Prize: A voucher for 5000 EUR to support the further development of the idea and the added benefit of having the German government promote the idea.

University Challenge
Subject: A competition dedicated to students in order to turn the best ideas into successful businesses;
Prize: 1000 EUR and virtual incubation, technical and business consultancy support (a 3000 EUR value)

GNSS Living Lab Prize
Subject: GNSS-related services or products which have already developed a prototype and which address key areas: media, health and smart cities;
Prize: The opportunity to conduct a "reality check trial" in a suitable Living Lab along with relevant user communities and potential future customers.

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Regional organiser

logo nouEstablished in 1991 and reorganised in 1995 as a public institution entirely self-funded, operating under Government Decision no. 923/20.11.1995 and the subsequent decisions of the Ministry of Education and Research - National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation, the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) develops the National Space Program and coordinates its implementation through research projects and space applications, being authorised to establish research and development centers. At the same time, the Agency is the lead organisation of the Programme for Research, Development and Innovation STAR  - Space Technology and Advanced Research. ROSA represents the Romanian Government in international cooperation programs such as the European Space Agency (ESA) and the United Nations (UN). The Agency carries out its own research and development projects through ROSA Research Centre. Since 2004 the President of the Agency is Dr. Phys. Marius-Ioan Piso.

Regional partners


With a tradition of over 60 years in aerospace engineering, the National Institute for Aerospace Research "Elie Carafoli" is one of the major national research centers in aerospace science. INCAS is involved in most of the major national aerospace projects and is a EU key player in the development of R&D policies.




The Institute of Space Science (ISS) from Magurele, Romania, conducts scientific research in areas such as Astrophysics and Cosmology, Space Plasma Physics, Solar-Terrestrial Interaction Physics, Interplanetary Environment Physics and Space Weather and also performs activities related to applied research, design and development of space technologies. ISS has been involved in collaborations and partnerships renowned both nationally and internationally, in ESA’s space programme through space missions such as Euclid, Planck, Cluster and in the first Romanian experiment on board of the International Space Station.


In light of the specialisations that it proposes, the Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest can be considered an heir of the National School for Bridges and Roads founded in 1851 in Bucharest. UTCB is today a national pennant of technical education, with the mission to educate specialists in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, environmental engineering, geodetic engineering and others.



fiaEstablished in 1928 as an aeronautical science school and transformed in 1971 into the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, FIA offers 5 undergraduate programs, a wide range of masters programs and doctoral studies. Besides the national aerospace industry, FIA students were and are employed by many organisations and international companies from the field (Airbus, Boeing, ICAO, Eurocontrol etc.).




Considered the largest association of its kind in Southeastern Europe, the Romanian Association for Electronic and Software Industry - is currently the most important and credible source of information for the IT & C business community. ARIES community continues to grow through innovation, partnerships, clustering, technical support and technological transport services, all of these promoted transparently and supported by members and through the media.



The Romanian Association for Technology Transfer and Innovation is the professional organisation of the units specialised in technology transfer and innovation, a nongovernmental and nonprofit organisation that has as main purpose the promotion and protection of business environment of the technology transfer and innovative business entities in Romania.



RARTEL S.A. - It is a Romanian-Italian joint venture that offers turnkey services in the field of satellite technologies, using equipment at the highest technological standards. With over 30 years experience in the field of satellite technologies of its shareholders, Telespazio SpA (62%) and Radiocom SNR (38%), RARTEL has the ability to provide their customers fixed and mobile communications data services, audio and video, into orbit control services and high quality satellite imagery and accessible in terms of cost.


gmvGMV Innovating Solutions LLC was established in 2011 as a subsidiary of GMV Group. The company's main business activity field is space industry, but it contributes to the GMV portfolio through solutions from fields such as ITS, telecommunications, defense and security and others. GMV provides activities covering all life stages of systems, starting from consultancy and engineering services to the development of software and hardware products.