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The largest single incubation network in Europe

ESA Business Incubation Centres (BICs) are the largest network of space incubators in Europe. The main objective of ESA BICs is to support entrepreneurs with a space based business idea, thereby creating and growing clusters of space related start-ups across Europe.

All ESA BIC are managed by local champions who connect their ESA BICs to their local industry, universities, research organisations, government, and investor communities, while also maintaining strong regional/national links. This makes the ESA BICs very well embedded in the local communities as well as the place of choice for all space related innovation and business.

Tapping into this excellence provides rich opportunities to get your product or service market ready and off the ground, and for finding new business partners. Together we create the future of space.

ESA Business Incubation Centres (BICs) are the largest network of space incubators in Europe. The main objective of ESA BICs is to support entrepreneurs with a space based business idea, thereby creating and growing clusters of space related start-ups across Europe.

All ESA BIC are managed by local champions who connect their ESA BICs to their local  industry, universities, research organisations, government, and investor communities, while also maintaining strong regional/national links. This makes the ESA BICs very well embedded in the local communities as well as the place of choice for all space related innovation and business.

Tapping into this excellence provides rich opportunities to get your product or service market ready and off the ground, and for finding new business partners.

The ESA BICs seek entrepreneurs who develop applications using space based systems (such as satellite navigation, earth observation, or satellite communication), use space technologies in a non-space domain, and/or who develop innovative products and services for the space sector.

Interested?

Our incubation centres offer you the chance to turn your space related business idea into a commercial company. The incubation programme is fully tailored to suit your start-up needs and your particular domain of application. Benefit from wide network exposure, expert advice, and both technical- and business development guidance. Take advantage of:

·      Incentive funding of 50,000 Euro

·      Unique ESA Technical support as well as expertise from renowned partners

·       Business coaching and legal/IP advice

·      Office space and shared facilities

·      Access to tailored training activities and network support

·       Door opener to international networks, research institutions, and universities

·       Support to access further funding

Let's see how much space is hidden in your innovative business idea!

To find out about applying to an ESA BIC, please look at the each ESA BIC’s individual pages for more information.

ESA BICs also organise engaging activities with attractive incentives and placement opportunities, for example: 

 

·      Hackathons

·      App Camps

·      Satellite Application Competitions

Beyond start-up support, ESA BICs collaborate with the ESA network of space Technology Transfer brokers, who facilitate idea-flow both to and from the space industry, and with ESA Business Application Ambassadors. Locally, ESA BIC’s work alongside major partners, connecting them to industry, universities, research organisations, government, and investor communities.

The ESA BIC network consists of 21 centres across 18 European countries – Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the UK, and spread over 60 locations.

ESA BICs create viable businesses and job opportunities, together supporting upwards of 150 new companies every year. To date ESA BICs have helped starting about 900 companies, of which about 500 have finished incubation. The ESA BIC alumni contribute to an ever larger part of our space economy, attracting funding that in total exceeds what many European countries invest in Space.

Partnering with an ESA BICs is therefore not only of interest for start-ups, but also for many other type of actors who would benefit from the network opportunities, innovations, new businesses started, and so on.

Together we create the future of space!

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