This project identified and investigated the sectors and application domains where the EGNSS and Copernicus programmes could both satisfy the needs of application developers and end users. Adequate and actionable instruments were proposed in order to target these sectors, while application domains were also suggested for the maximization of the positive impact of such synergies. In addition, for the purposes of this project existing European initiatives and instruments aimed at the development and/or the improvement of the market uptake of applications using EGNSS and/or Copernicus products were reviewed. Then, by leveraging on the potential synergies between the programmes, proposals were formulated on how to enhance such applications, in terms of impact on market penetration, improved efficiency as well as consistency and complementarities. The project also analysed the possible options for improving the access of GNSS and Copernicus SMEs (including both downstream technology developers and data/information users) to investment funding, by exploring new EGNSS-Copernicus joint instruments for entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs. The new schemes investigated aimed at fostering SMEs access to funding from EU programmes, national & regional activities and initiatives or private investors. Finally, based on this whole work and as a result of the outcomes of the analysis, key messages and policy recommendations were provided.
Within this project Kantor Qwentes mainly contributed to the analysis of measures to improve the access of EGNSS and Copernicus SMES to investment funding. Among others, Kantor matched the identified initiatives and instruments that are linked to the development and market penetration of applications using EGNSS and Copernicus products, with the already identified SMEs financial needs to put a "Space" product on the market.
European Commission, Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry (DG GROW)