About AZO

AZO – Your Partner in Innovation and Competition.

AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen

Over the past decade, we have set up the leading global space innovation and expertise network, including research facilities, institutions and industry, as well as startups and award-winning entrepreneurs. The close collaboration with our associated partners enables us to promote innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit along the entire value chain for the benefit of the citizens of Europe and beyond.

We are an international networking and branding company for European space programmes, supporting entrepreneurship with more than 700 company foundations in Europe.

Since 2004, we have 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.

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Business Cases


Company Foundations

In Europe

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Company Foundations

Bavaria & Bremen

We organise our “Innovation Masters Series”, the most important space-related innovation competitions: Galileo Masters, Copernicus Masters, INNOspace Masters, as well as the Copernicus Hackathons in close cooperation with the European Commission (EC), the European Space Agency (ESA), the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology Germany (BMVI), German Aerospace Center (DLR), as well as a number of major industrial partners such as Airbus, BayWa, Planet, Astrosat and many others. In all competitions, we award product innovations with well-known partners and established associated accelerator programmes in almost all competitions.

In addition, we manage our ESA Business Incubation Centres (BICs) Bavaria and Northern Germany. This incubation programme has supported more than 190 company foundations to date.

Our global space innovation network:

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Enrepreneurs & Inventors

Prize Pool
European Partner Regions
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Industrial & Public

Venture Capital

We run a very successful business angel network which invested more than EUR 442 million Venture Capital in 2020.

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