We have developed comprehensive expertise in organising international space competitions, including the world’s leading innovation competitions for space applications. We foster the development of innovative products and services in various high-tech domains such as:

  • Earth observation
  • Satellite navigation
  • New space Economy
  • Space Exploration




Become a Partner!

By becoming a partner to one of our existing innovation competitions and setting up your own challenge, you will benefit from Innovation, Promotion and Networking:

  • Access to state-of-the-art innovation

  • Access to a unique innovation and expert network

  • Visibility at an international level

  • Exploitation of growth and jobs in your region

Initiated by AZO and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) as well as the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology, the Galileo Masters is today the leading network for Satellite Navigation. The Galileo Masters annually awards the best services, products, and business cases that use satellite navigation in everyday life, spurring the development of respective market-driven applications. Since 2004, more than 11,900 developers have participated, distributing an overall prize pool worth EUR 13 million to more than 350 winners and assigning 200 international judges with the evaluation of submissions.

With partners such as European GNSS Agency (GSA), the German Federal Ministry of Transport & Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), DLR, and the European Commission (EC), the competition is the leading innovation network for Satellite Navigation.

AZO launched the Copernicus Masters in 2011 on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) and with the strong support of world-class partners. The Copernicus Masters is an international innovation competition with the objective to drive Copernicus User Uptake of Earth observation (EO) data and thus respective business cases.

With partners such as the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Commission (EC), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Planet, BayWa AG, Astrosat, Airbus, and the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), the Copernicus Masters awards prizes of over EUR 4.7 million to more than 3,700 participants and 110 winners with innovative solutions for business and society based on Earth observation data.

This year, AZO is holding the annual INNOspace Masters for the 5th time. It is organised by DLR Space Administration, and embedded in the INNOspace® initiative.

The INNOspace Masters is the competition for new ideas between Space and Earth – for anyone facing the current challenges of the space industry. With partners such as Airbus, OHB, German ESA Business Incubation Centres and DB Netz AG, the INNOspace Masters has awarded EUR 5.4 million to more than 700 participants to date. With more than 50% of the submissions from non-space industries, the INNOspace Masters confirms the growing importance and also the high interest among different industries in space.

AZO co-organised the European Space Week 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia, and 2019 in Helsinki, Finland.

The European Space Week is the leading event for the European space programmes and brings together business, policy-makers, international experts and the space application user community.

With a mix of keynotes, panel discussions, networking opportunities, business matchmaking sessions and exhibitions, it provides the perfect setup for a productive exchange of ideas, future trends and current challenges.

As the highlight of each European Space Week, the innovation competitions Copernicus Masters and Galileo Masters announced their winners at a festive Awards Ceremony.

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In 2017, AZO launched the Space Exploration Masters on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) and in line with the goals of the ESA Space Exploration Strategy.

The Space Exploration Masters was an international competition to identify the best technology transfer business successes, and to empower and foster business innovation around space exploration activities in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), on the Moon, Mars, or beyond – for the benefit of society and the Earth.

In cooperation with strong world-class partners such as ESA, Space, Astrosat, Airbus, Air Liquide, Merck and Hundsville Madison County Chamber, the competition awarded more than EUR 1.3 million to 14 winners in 2017 and 2018.

ZukunftsGGEWinner was a regional innovation competition for a German energy service provider based in Bensheim in southern Hesse. AZO provided the necessary marketing platform and network.


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