Creating the right opportunities for start-ups

Inspired by space?

We help entrepreneurs to turn their space-connected business ideas into commercial companies with:

  • Up to two-year incubation programme
  • Up to 80 hours of Technical support from leading experts in the region and from ESA on a case-by-case basis
  • Networking access to grow outside your region or country
  • ESA BIC or ESA space solutions branding
  • Business coaching and workshops 
  • Fundraising guidance and opportunities (eg EBAN)
  • €50K spark-funding for product and IP development
  • up to €50K cash funding (according to the BIC, this could be a bank loan or a convertible loan or seed money or grant or...)
Business Incubation Centres: Facts & Figures on 31/08/2018
Number of ESA BICs
Number of Locations within the ESA BICs
Total Startups to date
Overall Percentage of Applications of Space Systems
Current Incubatees on Sites
Total Number of Alumni

More than just incubation

The largest single incubation network in Europe

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.

Ready for incubation?

Find out how and when to apply

You can submit your application at any time and, in any of the BIC (the campaigns highlighted below are simply the three soonest upcoming campaigns).

To apply, select the BIC that is most convenient to you (see map of possible options "here") and contact them.

Closing date in

55th Selection Campaign Bavaria

5 November 2018

55th Selection Campaign Estonia

8 November 2018

55th Selection Campaign Bavaria

5 November 2018

55th Selection Campaign Estonia

8 November 2018

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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.