The BELS project

BELS - Building European Links Toward South-East Asia in the field of EGNSS is funded by the European Union under Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Lead by ISMB, the project involves several partners from the realms of research & academia, politics, and industry. The main objective of the BELS project is to facilitate the breakthrough of European Global Navigation Satellite Systems - EGNSS technology and increase the collaboration between Europe and South East Asia (SEA), a fast growing market of more than 600 million people.

Therefore BELS is conducting a set of coordinated activities to raise awareness and build capacities for the exploitation of GNSS technologies with a strong focus on industrial partnership and support to enterprises.

THE European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC)

European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is a leading global network of innovation and expertise in the field of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). Each year, the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) seeks services, products, and business innovations that use satellite navigation in everyday life.

In the 2015 edition, prizes were awarded by some of the most relevant institutional GNSS stakeholders, such as the European GNSS Agency (GSA), the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) in association with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). In addition, 24 partner regions from all over the world hosted their own regional challenges. The prize pool in ESNC 2015 was valued at approximately EUR 1 million, which included cash awards, business incubation, business coaching, patent consulting, technical support, access to testing facilities, prototype development, publicity, marketing support, and much more. All of the winners were recognised on stage at a festive Awards Ceremony that took place on 20 October in line with the Satellite Masters Conference in Berlin, Germany.

In the 2016 edition, BELS project will organize a BELS special prize within the ESNC.

BELS Special Prize

The BELS special prize addresses smart young entrepreneurs and researchers from South East Asia, who will gain the possibility to interact with European companies and research centres. Participation is strictly limited to citizens of the ASEAN countries (Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, The Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Brunei, Singapore). BELS is looking for innovative downstream applications based on GNSS. The proposed ideas or solutions will be evaluated by a European panel of experts based on the following criteria:

  • Innovativeness of the idea
  • Exploitation of EGNSS
  • Technological feasibility
  • Commercial benefits and market potential