Technology Transfer Success

by European Space Agency (ESA)


The European Space Agency (ESA) was looking for the best business case related to a successfully accomplished technology transfer in line with the goals of the Agency’s space exploration, led by ESA to non- space applications. Traditionally technology transfer is the process of using technology, expertise, know-how or facilities for specific purposes not originally intended for space exploration. This permits the identification of multi-purpose opportunities as well as the continuous enhancement of technology based on non-space sector feedback such as real market feedback.

ESA was looking for innovative and disruptive cases of realised technology transfers, so far unknown to ESA, with a tangible business performance in matching one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Winner 2017

2017 Prize Description

  • EUR 10,000 value cash prize
  • Business case promotion to an international audience & markets
  • Winner will be on stage with ESA

Who was addressed

  • Idea holder and
  • Technology transfer representatives of a national space agency who successfully managed a technology transfer from space exploration to non-space
  • Technology broker
    • of a product or service based on ESA funded or supported technology
    • a technology funded or supported by ESA and used for a product or service
    • successfully managed a technology transfer from space exploration to non-space

2017 Benefits

  • Showing strong technology transfer competency to ESA
  • Making the general public aware of generated value for society and Earth
  • All submitted cases from a company technology portfolio approved by the expert jury will be promoted towards target industries
  • All activities are connected with latest breakthroughs in the space exploration Domain

2017 Benefits for submitting entities 

  • Presentation and awareness building of space exploration and technology transfer competencies
  • Shaping the space exploration strategy together with ESA
  • Transforming tax money into distinct value for society
  • Line of arguments to explain benefits of space exploration to citizens and politicians
  • Supporting economic growth and driving technology innovation

Fact Sheet Space Agencies

Fact Sheet Submitting Entities


The following Associates supporting the Space Exploration Masters

Centre national d'études spatiales

Verhaert, Belgium