hubraum IoT Space Challenge with ESA

Value of the program

What’s in it for me?

By submitting your solution, you might be selected to attend the next IoT Space Challenge Pitching session in May 2023. In addition, your solution may be considered for the IoT Space Challenge, with up to 10,000 EUR in funding per team for developing your pitched use-case as Proof-of-Concept (PoC), and access to our support and insights during a course of this prototyping activity. Those that successfully participate in the IoT Space Challenge will be guided in the investment opportunities available at ESA, Deutsche Telekom, and hubraum.

What kind of support do you provide to participants?

You will be able to work with DT IoT connectivity technologies like NB-IoT/LT-M and business mentors form Deutsche Telekom, get insights about the European Earth Observation data from ESA experts, access Copernicus Data Space Ecosystem with T-Systems expert support. Last but not least, also use the hubraum campus spaces in Berlin and Krakow with support of our diverse team (from engineering to investment).


Who can apply for the IoT Space Challenge?

We are looking for startups, companies or developer teams who: 

→ are based (have registered HQ location) is one of the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, the Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Canada. 

→ have reasonably mature product — you should have tested your MVP in a real-life setting. Already developed IoT solutions or Earth Observation applications are also welcomed to explore combinations of both.

Can I apply for your program if I have a business idea but no team or product yet? 

Unfortunately, not as this challenge is relying on an existing team that already has a product but wants to enrich it.

Application process 

Do I need to have a legal entity?

Yes. Your team must be incorporated or recognized as a legal entity, at the time of application. 

How do I submit my application? 

You can submit your application by filling out the online application form before the deadline.

When is the deadline for applications?

31st of March 2023. Early application would give you an additional possibility to refine your proposition of the use-case for the challenge, so it is recommended to apply as early as possible.

When would I learn if my application was successful? 

We will contact you at the beginning of April. If your application passes our first evaluation, we will write back regarding the next steps, that may include a request for more information followed by an invitation to the pitching sessions. 

What are the learning sessions? 

During the application phase, we would like to get you familiar with the technologies we offer and some of the experts who will work with you. With this information you can better prepare your application, refine the use-case for exploring combination of both IoT and Earth Observation data, and ask additional questions. 

What is the pitching session? 

Selected teams will be invited to a pitch session, which is an opportunity to present your company, business idea, and use-case, followed by a Q&A with our selection committee. Such a meeting lasts 20-30 minutes. 

Will my idea be published? 

No, all applications are confidential. Applicants will be contacted before any submitted information is shared externally. 

Who can I contact with further questions about the application and selection process?

Please email Oskar Łopalewski (oskar@hubraum.com)


How many startups will be selected for the Onboarding meeting?

Up to ten.

How will my idea be evaluated?

Applications will be scored against a set of criteria, covering business and technical aspects to evaluate how well your use-case proposal fits to the scope of the prototyping activity. Your idea needs to present a novelty whereby the combination of IoT and Earth Observation data are more than the sum of their individual components. Final decisions on successful applicants will be made by the IoT Space Challenge management consisting of experts from Deutsche Telekom and ESA.

How will the winners be selected?

During the Onboarding meeting in Krakow, we keep a right to select a limited number of use-case proposals (up to six) for further development in the form of sponsored Proof of Concepts.

If my application is unsuccessful, am I able to receive feedback?

While we will strive to give as much feedback to the applicants as possible, we cannot guarantee it.

Participation (prototyping activity) 

Where does the Challenge happen? Do I need to move to a specific location?

The Challenge will consist of virtual and physical meetings. Physical meetings will be organized at locations in Poland, Italy and/or the Netherlands. Each of them will last for a maximum of a few days. You are not obliged to move your company to a specific location. However, Hubraum campus spaces in Kraków and Berlin are available upon request for the duration of the prototyping.

How long will it last? 

After selecting respective participants, the Challenge will last from May 2023 till September 2023.

What would I have to do during the Challenge? 

If you will be selected, the participation to the Challenge would require presence at up to 3 physical meetings which will be 2-3 days long. Winning teams would have to develop their use cases as Proof-of-Concept to validate if a combination if IoT and Earth Observation data has a commercial potential.

Are there costs related to participation?

No strings attached to your side! Moreover, the cost of participation to the physical meetings will be covered by us (like transportation and accommodation) for up to 2 members per Participating team.

Will hubraum invest in my company?

Equity investment is not an obligatory part of the challenge. However, hubraum investment team is open for discussions about specific investment opportunities.

To go back to the IoT Space Challenge web page click here.