Emerging Europe’s start-up scene is thriving: new funds and new ideas are constantly coming to market. To keep you up to date with the latest investments, innovations, events and accelerators, every week Emerging Europe gives you an overview of the news of start-ups in the region.
myEUspace: the competition for European start-ups using Galileo and Copernicus data
The European Union Agency for the Space Programme, EUSPA, last week launched the latest edition of its myEUspace competition to support the development of innovative business solutions – such as mobile applications or hardware solutions – that exploit data Galileo and Copernicus navigation and observation systems.
Satellite data from these programs are widely available for free use, and the list of areas in which products based on them are applicable covers virtually all branches of the economy. Previous winners include an app for sustainable precision agriculture, a platform to improve road safety through the use of navigation and Earth observation data, and a solution for automatic soil compaction monitoring on construction sites.
The objective of the myEUspace competition is to promote breakthrough solutions that combine cutting-edge technologies, innovative ideas and the enormous potential of space data. Proposed projects must fit into one of three thematic areas:
space my life – consumer solutions such as mobile applications, wearables (connected watches, connected glasses, fitness trackers, etc.), drones or robotics that will respond to major societal challenges in priority areas such as health, security citizens, games and entertainment, sport and fitness, and tourism;
Our green planet – innovative solutions responding to environmental and sustainable living challenges that contribute to the implementation of the European Green Deal as well as solutions for the green transformation of companies;
Dive into Deep Tech – innovative solutions combining EU space data with deep technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), quantum technologies (quantum computing, detection, simulation, encryption, etc.), blockchain, metaverse and extended reality (augmented reality (AR) / mixed reality (MR) / Virtual Reality (VR).
A €1 million prize pool for the best entries should encourage innovators to submit entries, but according to EUSPA, the financial boost is just one of the many benefits of entering the competition.
“In addition to funding the best ideas, we also offer technical and business support from our experts,” says Justyna Redełkiewicz, Head of Consumer Solutions, Market and Technology at EUSPA.
“Over the past few years, EUSPA has created an impressive ecosystem of start-ups and organizations that make daily use of satellite data. We are building a community that shares its experience by inspiring each other in addition to pioneering ideas with high market potential. We know from the participants of the first edition of myEUspace themselves that this is of great value to them”, she adds.
Applications from all EU-based start-ups can be submitted on the EUSPA website, here. Ideas must be submitted by November 30.
Lighthouse: first CCNE member of the CEE
Romanian public relations and communications agency Lighthouse has joined Crisis Communication Network Europe (CCNE), becoming the only Romanian member of the group and the first in Central and Eastern Europe. CCNE is an association of self-managed European consulting agencies with proven experience in crisis prevention and communication. Through the network, members can better serve their clients in the event of transnational crises.
The 13 member agencies from Germany, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, UK, Ireland, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, France, Switzerland and now Romania maintain regular contact to share best practices. This helps them to anticipate and meet the needs of their customers when a crisis event crosses international borders.
Through cross-border workshops, seminars and simulations, CCNE is already helping its clients to strengthen their resilience to crisis events. According to CCNE, crisis communication needs will increase, particularly in the health and finance sectors. The war in Ukraine with all its implications, the energy crisis and rising inflation will put great pressure on businesses, political leaders, public institutions and private organisations.
“We are very happy to have been received at CCNE, at a time when crisis management and communication have become more important than ever. Our clients can now benefit from this dynamic network of independent PR agencies across Europe. Being able to work closely with internationally renowned professionals and exchange experiences and the latest trends in crisis management is invaluable,” says Ana Maria Gardiner, General Manager of Lighthouse Romania.
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