When Frank M. Salzgeber - Head of the Technology Transfer Programme Office of the European Space Agency (ESA) - talks about technology transfer, he means quite a bit more than patent sales.
"The really interesting innovations come from the interdisciplinary transfer of technologies, or the 'recycling' of technologies in new areas of application, if you like," he says, referring to the ambitions of the ESA programme in marketing space technologies, applications and know-how to stimulate cross-industry innovation throughout Europe.
Supporting start-ups is one focus topic of the Technology Transfer Programme. Recently, an increasing number of young companies base their business ideas on satellite navigation and related services. Virtually no other space technology is as exemplary in its demonstration of how Europe's space research can be used for commercial purposes, from more traditional applications in the automotive industry to uses further outside the box in the market for computer games. With its innovation prize for satellite navigation applications, ESA seeks to provide even more impetus to realising the transfer potential of this technology and promote business concepts based on knowledge transfer and innovative technological combinations.
This year's European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC), a globally recognised innovation contest, is once again providing the ideal platform for this award. The aim is to establish the best idea on the market in a short period of time with the technical and financial support of the Technology Transfer Programme. The winner will also be awarded €10,000.
Those wishing to participate can present their innovation application idea in the form of a coherent business plan by July 31, 2009. Participation is based online at the ESNC idea database (www.galileo-masters.eu); following registration, participants can download a format template for their business plan.Press contact:
About the ESA Technology Transfer ProgrammeThe main mission of ESA's TTPO is to facilitate the use of space technology and space systems for non-space applications and to further demonstrate the benefit of the European space programme to European citizens. The TTPO is responsible for defining the overall approach and strategy for the transfer of space technologies including the incubation of start-up companies and their funding.
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