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.

We seek entrepreneurs who develop applications from space systems and/or transfer space technologies, right here on Earth, or who develop innovative products and services for the space sector.

Thats doesn't mean rocket science, but can be navigation and positioning, communications techniques, Earth observation for climate impact or agriculture..., materials, processes, signals, sensors, robotics... you name it.


Our incubation centres offer you the chance to turn space-connected business ideas into commercial companies. Each programme is fully tailored to suit your start-up needs and particular industry direction. 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
  • Office space and shared facilities
  • Access to tailored coaching activities and network support
  • Door opener to international networks, research institutions and universities

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

> Find out how to join an ESA BIC

Challenge yourself!

Local BICs also organise engaging activities with attractive incentives and placement opportunities: 

  • Hackathons
  • App. Camps
  • Satellite App. Competitions
  • Specific initiatives (depending on market)

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. Locally, ESA BICS’s work alongside major partners, connecting them to industry, universities, research organisations, government and investor communities.

The ESA BIC network is a connection of 20 centres across 17 European countries – Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the UK, and spread over 60 cities

ESA BICs create viable businesses and job opportunities, supporting upwards of 150 companies every year. To date more than 650 companies have successfully emerged through this programme.

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BIC headquarters

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