on-boarding process

A key element of our planning for e-shape is to on-board further pilots during the project. The core objective is the definition and refinement of the process for bringing new pilots into the EuroGEO landscape.

A well-managed team can be a powerful source of change within our community. Project on-boarding is an important part of setting our team up for success early on. We want to share the vision and core values of the project.

This will be pursued through the development and utilisation of a sustainability support package. The pilot partners will be thus equipped with tools to develop robust business plans or sustainability strategies for each pilot. 

One of the main aims of e-shape is to support the sustainable delivery of EO-based benefits to users. To achieve this, researchers and SMEs developing EO services in the context of the pilots, require access to four types of key resources.

  • Access to knowledge (e.g. market trends, user requirements, policy priorities)
  • Access to technology (i.e. data and tools)
  • Access to markets (incl. matchmaking, investment readiness, export promotion)
  • Access to capital (incubation support, funding, financing)

The intensity of support needed varies depending on the stage of development of an EO service. Thus, when looking at the “journey” of an EO service from idea to market expansion – depicted here as a conveyor belt, each type of resource is needed at different rates. In this context, e-shape will set out to establish the support mechanisms that can sustainably provide access to these resources.



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It avoids a static situation where only those pilots which are “on-boarded” for the proposal provide products and services suited to operational environmental monitoring within the context of EuroGEO.

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It allows new partners and especially those companies which have not been involved with GEO to join the effort and to provide their services. This has the benefit of bringing the solutions of additional exterior, private investment into the project.

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It will also increase synergies between several of the current initiatives i.e. DIAS, FPA’s, Copernicus Services, GEOSS, Copernicus Accelerator etc. and between Copernicus and GEO institutional arrangements.

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It enables also the project tobe connected with the new developments in data and in its processing into products and services (such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, new data from satellite, airborne or in-situ sensors, etc.) poping up from the outside of the project in addition to new developments coming from the inside of the project.

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It allows public stakeholders to identify new requirements and for the project to bring them into its perimeter. These include results of the Copernicus Framework Partnership Agreement and especially the EC EuroGEO calls for expressions of intent leading to Action Groups.

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