What we do

Business Incubation Centres
Number of centres
18
Total startups to date
581
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 31/12/2017
Number of ESA BICs
18
Number of Locations within the ESA BICs
47
Total Startups to date
581
Overall Percentage of Applications of Space Systems
62%
Current Incubatees on Sites
218
Total Number of Alumni
328

ESA Business Incubation Centres (BICs) are embedded in the 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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Network Highlights

Become an ESA BIC start-up

12 February 2018

ESA´s Business Incubation Centres helps entrepreneurs to get their business off the ground. More than 500 start-ups have been nurtured with 150 new ones selected each year.

Events

ActInSpace 2018

25 May 2018

ActInSpace® is an international innovation contest initiated by the French Space Agency (CNES) uniting over 60 cities across 5 continents.

Success Stories

Ensuring fresh air for all

20 February 2018

The start-up company AirGloss from ESA´s Italian Business Incubation Centre ESA BIC Lazio is offering affordable air-quality monitors for homes, schools and businesses using technology it developed for the International Space Station.