AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen
AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen is an international networking and branding company for the European space programmes, supporting entrepreneurship with more than 700 companies founded in Europe. Since 2004, AZO has 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.
AZO organises the most important space-related innovation competitions for Earth observation, satellite navigation, new space generation and space exploration in close cooperation with the European Commission (EC), Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology Germany (BMVI), European Space Agency (ESA), German Aerospace Center (DLR), as well as a number of major industrial partners such as Airbus, Merck, planet, OHB and many others. In all competitions, AZO awards product innovations with to date more than 15,000 participants and EUR 25 million prize pool for almost 500 winners. At the same time, AZO established associated accelerator programmes in almost all competitions and organised the Copernicus Hackathons open call. Additionally, AZO manages its ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Bavaria & Northern Germany. The Bavarian incubation programme has supported more than 165 company foundations so far.
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ROLE WITHIN THE PROJECT: AZO’s main contribution will be the management of the open call (T8.4) incl. target group analyses, promotion, idea management via a secure database, participants and evaluation management. In addition AZO will support WP2 activities with regards to stakeholder management and ecosystem building as well as WP9 in terms of project exploitation. Ulrike Daniels will be AZO’s interface for the project and define the open call concept along with its legal framework. She will furthermore drive the ecosystem building and exploitation tasks. Tamara Naydenova will be responsible for the coordination of the open call implementation, including participant and evaluation management. Regine Heue will be responsible for the promotion of the open call towards relevant target groups and will be supported by Franziska Regnath.