What we do

Business Incubation Centres
Number of centres
20
Total startups to date
661
Technology Transfer Network
Number of technology descriptions
200+
Number of technology Transfers
320
Patents
Number of ESA patents
450
Number of ESA inventions
130

ESA space solutions is a ‘one-stop shop’ for re-purposing space technology. By exploiting space know-how, facilitating and inspiring its use in new applications and sharing this knowledge we bring ‘space back down to Earth’. At the heart of this is an agile and specialist transfer and incubation network, connecting and enabling businesses and entrepreneurs across Europe.

Innovate with space
Business Incubation Centres: Facts & Figures on 31/08/2018
Number of ESA BICs
20
Number of Locations within the ESA BICs
60
Total Startups to date
661
Overall Percentage of Applications of Space Systems
62%
Current Incubatees on Sites
316
Total Number of Alumni
345

ESA Business Incubation Centres (BICs) are embedded in a local community. They are managed by local champions who connect the centres to local- industry, universities, research organisations, government and investor communities.

Tapping into this excellence provides rich opportunities to get your product or service market-ready and off the ground.

More than just incubation
Achievements
Brokers
16
Number of technology transfers
320
Number of demonstrator projects
7
Number of transfers last year
15

Knowing exactly how space can benefit your business may not always be obvious. Our technology brokers are experts in assessing market needs in areas where there is a high potential for exploiting space technology. They provide comprehensive advice, research, market studies, product development services and more to support you - before, during and after transfer.

Supporting industry
Number of ESA patents
480
ESA Inventions
120

Intellectual Property (IP) refers to the protection of creations of the mind, which have both a moral and a commercial value.

IP law typically grants the author of an intellectual creation exclusive rights for exploiting and benefiting from their creation. However, these rights, also called monopoly right of exploitation, are limited in scope, duration and geographical extent.

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Get your own satellite in space

11 October 2018

Having a great idea but you “just” need a satellite to bring your stuff into space? Apply to Open Cosmos` Call To Orbit competition, a joint partnership with ESA giving away free satellite development and launch support over the next year.