28 Apr 2010

European SatNav competition - ESNC

The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is open to anybody with an idea which utilises satellite navigation technology, be it for position, time, navigation or any other application.

This year, the UK part of ESNC runs from the 1st May to 31st July 2010, giving applicants the chance to gain opportunities, support, funding and aid to ensure their new business idea can thrive and that the satellite navigation industry can continue to develop in the future. And I’ve been tipped off that mobile based entries tend to do pretty well so this is very relevant for our community.

ESNC is sub-categorised into regional competitions (so there is a UK region to enter for), as well as six special topic competitions and the overall competition for which all areas and regions can be considered. And the prizes aren’t to be sniffed at. The first prize for the UK ESNC is:

  • £10000 cash
  • 6 months business incubation
  • 3 years membership to the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN)
  • Free UK patent submission
  • Business plan advice
  • Introductions to technology partners and funding opportunities
  • High profile national and international PR campaign

Sadly we’ve missed the London briefing day, but there are other briefing days up and down the country which you can attend to find out more. Details on the website.

If you’re into location based services, have a good idea for mapping, or think you can do better than what’s already out there, why not give it a shot? As far as I can see, it’s free to enter and the winners will be announced in October.

Good luck!