Down to Earth Competition

The European Space Agency (ESA) - with the support of the Greek Delegation to ESA / General Secretariat for Research & Technology (GSRT) - and KiNNO launched the “Down to Earth competition” and they invited individuals from all the space actors (companies, research organizations, universities) in Greece to participate.


  • Identify the best ideas around space technologies that can have an impact on society through application in non-space sectors and support the tech transfer actions already taking place in Greece.
  • Motivate the engineers and innovators of the space industry to think about non-space applications and potentially open new markets.
  • Show to the general public the benefits of space tech in our everyday life, justifying why one should invest in space programmes.


Staff members, researchers and academics were invited to fill in a brief online form describing the space technology they had identified and how it can address challenges in other sectors like health, energy, transportation, maritime, oil and gas etc.

They could put in as many submissions as they wanted.

Evaluation process 

The proposals were evaluated by:

  •  The Greek space delegation to ESA
  •  The Greek Technology Transfer Broker for ESA
  •  Technology transfer programme experts 

 Eligible Technology 

Hardware, software, process, or method developed for space needs.


The person who submitted the best/most promising tech transfer profile was awarded a trip to Bordeaux to take part in a Zero-G parabolic flight (All expenses paid).   flight

Parabolic flights are conducted on a specially configured aircraft, and provide repetitive periods of up to 20 seconds of microgravity or weightlessness. 



Opening: 27th of October 2014

Closing: 14th of November 2014

The prize-giving event took place on the 27th of November 2014. 

You can download the competition’s flyer from here. 

Success stories

Click here to check out cases where space technologies have been successfully transferred to other sectors.

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The Down to Earth Competition was successfully completed on the 27th of November 2014 with the prize ceremony, which took place at the offices of KiNNO Consultants Ltd.

The results of the competition and the winner, were announced by the Vice-Rector of Athens University of Economics and Business, Dr. George Giaglis.

10 highly competitive proposals were received, with great potential for technology transfer and we would like to thank all the contestants for their efforts. These submissions showcase the immense potential of Greek Space Technologies and their ability to tackle everyday challenges. 

The winning idea was the “Innovative Impendence Spectography device for early indication and diagnosis of Coronary disease” proposed by Dr. Sotiris Evgenidis.

Dr. Evgenidis will have the opportunity to take part in a Zero-G parabolic flight.

Click here to download a short presentation of the competing ideas.

For more information on ESA’s Technology Transfer Programme please click here.

You can visit to find a directory of technologies from Space that can benefit businesses in other sectors such as Energy, Health, Automation & Robotics, Maritime etc, along with technologies from other sectors that can potentially be used in space exploration. In addition, you can find success stories of technologies from ESA-funded programmes which have been successfully deployed in other sectors.

 For more information please contact

Mr. Paris Rallis

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Funding Opportunities

Available funding opportunities:

ERC - Proof of Concept

Horizon2020 - SME Instrument

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