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Submit your idea for the Technology transfer competition and win a cash prize (deadline: December 5)

20 november 2022

Have you had a light-bulb moment relating to space technology applications? Then you are in luck, as you can be in with a chance of progressing your idea this year by taking part in this new technology transfer competition. SBIC Noordwijk and NL Space Campus are now the ESA Technology Broker for the Netherlands, and we invite you to submit your bright ideas and be in with a chance to win a cash prize!

As time is short, we will get straight to the point: we seek your ideas of how space technologies can benefit life on Earth. Year after year, the European Space Agency (ESA) develops a vast array of innovative, highly sophisticated technologies and applications to support its space programmes, many of which result in intellectual property (IP) – owned by ESA – that has commercial potential for non-space applications.

This is a call for new ideas of how such space technologies can be used in applications that can solve problems encountered during everyday life. You will need to consider the application area and identify the benefits and innovative nature of your idea.

We do not seek ideas relating to positioning/navigation, earth observation and satellite communication applications for this competition. Instead, what we ask for are innovations using space technologies that have a key focus on hard- and software, such as materials, energy supply, propulsion, etc.

When submitting your idea, you will need to describe the:

  • space technology to be used (tip: you can refer to relevant ESA IP)
  • intended purpose of the space technology on Earth
  • current state-of-the-art and resulting challenges for the application area 
  • innovation involved in this space technology solution
  • potential market benefit in terms of socio-economic impact of the application on Earth.

Submit your entry by December 5

The competition is open to companies or individuals with links to the Netherlands (either the business must have been established here or you are a current resident), and you should submit your idea by December 5, 2022 – so don’t delay! Once you have submitted your entry, you will be in with a chance of winning a cash prize.

Important dates:

  • Submit your idea by the end of 5 December 2022
  • Winners will be announced on 13 December 2022


  • 1st place: €7500
  • 2nd place: €5000
  • 3rd place: €2500

The decision of the jury is final. The prizes will be awarded by 15 December 2022.

The competition rules and evaluation criteria can be found here.

Submit your idea

This ESA Technology Transfer Competition – NL is organised by SBIC Noordwijk and NL Space Campus as the ESA Technology Broker for the Netherlands.

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