Our vision is to drive innovation and foster company foundations based on space technologies and infrastructures. AZO engages with SMEs, big-industry, academia, centres of excellence, knowledge transfer networks, funders and entrepreneurs to help in the commercialisation of new space technologies.

What we do

By leveraging its extensive experience as a specialist in building and maintaining global innovation networks and organising related competitions, AZO supports product innovations and the creation of new companies, particularly in the field of commercial aerospace applications.

In coordinating the European Satellite Navigation Competition (satellite navigation), the Copernicus Masters (Earth observation), the Service Robotic Masters (Robotics), the StartUp World (Laser Photonics), and the INNOspace Masters AZO has established profound expertise in the organisation of international innovation competitions.

In addition, on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), it manages ESA BIC Bavaria - one of the most successful incubation programmes involving the commercial use of space technologies and infrastructures.

AZO also participates in various space-related projects funded by the EU (FP7 in particular), the European Commission and the German federal government. Furthermore, we organize app developer camps, business matchings, and international events such as the European Space Solutions Conference or the Satellite Masters Conferences in Berlin.

AZO was founded in Oberpfaffenhofen - a well-known hub of the aerospace industry near Munich, Germany - by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) through the initiative and additional assistance of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy, and Technology in 2004.