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ESA BIC Austria is managed and coordinated Austria-wide by Science Park Graz. ESA BIC Austria draws on the organisation’s outstanding track record in high-tech business incubation – providing a unique environment geared exclusively to accelerating innovation and unlocking your commercial potential. With more than 15 years’ experience in business incubation, Science Park Graz has so far supported more than 200 technology and innovation projects.

The ESA Business Incubation Centre Barcelona (ESA BIC Barcelona) opened in 2014. It is managed by Barcelona Activa and supported locally by renowed public administrations and institutions, namely Area Metropolitana de Barcelona, Diputació de Barcelona, Consell Comarcal del Baix Llobregat, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Parc UPC and Caixa Capital Risc. Located in Barcelona, Spain, this incubator offers start up support and technical expertise for the creation of innovative companies.

ESA BIC Bavaria promoted pioneering companies in recent years with disruptive products and digital businesses in areas like robotics, mobile, mobility, automotive, aviation, satellites etc. ESA BIC Bavaria is one of the most successful incubation programs in Europe.

The ESA Business Incubation in Belgium is operated by 2 incubation partners with proven track record. IMEC.iStart & Gallaxia Space Innovation (WSL).
In Wallonia the incubation centers are located in Redu in Galaxia business park and Liège in WSL.
One of the locations is close to the REDU ESA Satellite operation center in Belgium. As a natural consequence of the variety of satellites operated by ESA from Redu, ESA BIC Wallonie Redu is aimed at companies specialized in telecommunications, Earth observation, navigation systems as well as integrated applications.
The business incubation centre stands as an avant-garde platform for start-ups with its directly link by a set of high-performance optical fibers to ESA Redu Centre. This unique link provides fresh data collected from satellites for immediate processing and analysis. Furthermore, companies hosted at ESA BIC Wallonie Redu have the exclusive privilege of having access to send commands to satellites which drastically can improve their development and business.
In Flanders the incusbation centers are located in Gent and Leuven.
We provide start-up companies with a one-stop-shop solution, allowing access to ESA knowledge, experts and infrastructure, as well as services of professional business guidance, leading to successful growth of its start-up companies.

Many seemingly ordinary technologies have their origin in the space industry.  For example,  Teflon came into existence on the moon before it landed in our kitchens. Fire proximity suits worn by firefighters are based on thermal sheathing material used on missiles. LEDs were designed for growing plants in space and even the electric drill was invented for use in space. Do you have similar ideas in mind? Then we are looking for you! We are seeking for innovators who can transform space technologies into product for practical use in our daily life on Earth.

ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Estonia opened during European Space Week in Tallinn on 7 November 2017. 
Tartu Science Park together with the Estonian Space Office and various local actors, is setting up ESA BIC Estonia, the 17th ESA Business Incubation Centre in Europe and the first one in the Baltic States. The implementation and the ongoing management of the Estonian incubation centre will be lead by Tartu Science Park in cooperation with Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol and six other consortium partners. The physical locations will be in the two major cities of Estonia, Tallinn and Tartu.

The European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre in Finland is located at the campus of the globally highly ranking Aalto University in Espoo, at the new A Grid start-up and innovation center. ESA BIC Finland will give your business a boost including office space, financial support and access to a great technology and business support ecosystem. Our partner in the Turku region in South-Western Finland is Turku Science Park. Europe’s largest start-up event, SLUSH, also a spin-off of Aalto University is our neighbor every Autumn, alongside with many other events and opportunities.

The ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Hessen & Baden-Württemberg was founded initially in Hessen as ESA BIC Darmstadt in 2007 and is managed by Centrum für Satellitennavigation Hessen (cesah).
In 2018 the centre was enlarged to include two new incubation locations in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, in Reutlingen and in Friedrichshafen area, managed by IHK Reutlingen and AIRBUS DS. We support innovative startup companies in technical realisation and market implementation of new products and services applying space technologies.

We’re seeking entrepreneurs with innovative ideas for using space technology to develop new products and services in a non-space environment. Bring us your idea and we will provide technical expertise, business-development support and funding to help your business get off the ground.

The ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Lazio in Italy was founded in 2005, today managed by the Italian company Lazio Innova, an in-house company of the local Government of Regione Lazio, which acquired BIC Lazio at the end of 2017. Lazio Innova represents the unique regional interlocutor for companies, start-ups, local authorities, the world of research, professionals and citizens for innovation, the granting of subsidies and financing, the promotion of entrepreneurship and, more in general, the economic development of Lazio.
ESA BIC Lazio allows startups and young entrepreneurs to exploit the opportunity to carry out innovative entrepreneurial projects based on the use of space technology and data, in a highly scientific, stimulating and creative environment, relying on the technical support of ESA and ASI (Italian Space Agency) experts and on a specialized tutorship and mentorship service by Lazio Innova for the development of the business idea.
It is located at the Open Innovation Hub in Rome Tecnopolo, Italy, which is situated near the European Space Research Institute (ESRIN) in Frascati, Italy.

Funding Partners
Local Government of Regione Lazio
ASI - Italian Space Agency

Other Partners
KET LAB: high rate of scientific innovation Italian pole for the technology transfer for the SMES
EEN: The Enterprise Europe Network helps businesses innovate and grow on an international scale. It is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions.
EBN: network of around 150 quality-certified EU|BICs (business and innovation centres) and 100 other organisations that support the development and growth of innovative entrepreneurs.

The ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Madrid Region opens in 2015 and is managed by Fundación madri+d (Madrimasd Knowledge Foundation) and supported by the Regional Government of Madrid. The programme is 50% co-financed by ESA and by the Regional Ministry of Economical Affairs, Employment and Treasury. ESA funding has been guaranteed through the Spanish Delegation at the ESA, consisting of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism through its General Secretariat of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises, and the Center for Development Industrial technology (CDTI).

ESA BIC Noordwijk, The Netherlands, was opened in 2004 and is managed by SBIC Noordwijk B.V. The centre offers business & financial support as well as technical expertise to entrepreneurs in all steps of their entrepreneurial journey.

Located at the Space Business Park in Noordwijk near to ESTEC, the largest ESA site and the scientific and technical heart of ESA, ESA BIC Noordwijk promotes the exchange of knowledge between advanced technology and space activities, as well as the exchange of technology and expertise between space programmes and terrestrial applications.

ESA BIC Nord France opened in 2018 and is managed by Ouest BIC Technopoles, a pool of 4 technopoles : Atlanpole, Technopôle Brest-Iroise, Rennes Atalante and Angers Technopole.

ESA BIC Nord France is spread over six regions, composed of one regional reference incubator in each one: Technopôle Brest-Iroise, Technopole Aube en Champagne, Euratechnologies, Val d’Oise Technopôle, Normandie Incubation, Atlanpole

ESA BIC Nord France is supported by AStech, the aerospace competitiveness cluster based in the Paris region, that will coordinate the technological support and help to connect projects to large corporate companies.
ESA BIC Nord France is also supported by CNES, the French Space Agency, that will bring scientific and technical expertise.

The ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Portugal opened in November 2014 and is managed by the University of Coimbra’s Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN), in collaboration with Science and Technology Park at University of Porto and DNA Cascais. Local partners include the University of Coimbra, Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento da Região Centro (CCDRC), Portugal Ventures, FNABA, DNA Cascais, the University of Porto and several polytechnic institutes.
The three ESA BIC Portugal host offices are located in Coimbra at IPN, in Porto at the Science and Technology Park of University of Porto, and in Cascais (near Lisbon) at DNA Cascais.
Over the first five years, the ESA BIC Portugal will support 30 Portuguese start-up companies, providing a financial incentive along business and technical support, creating at least 240 local high-tech jobs.
In total, the start-ups will receive €1.5 million as seed incentive and be able to tap into an additional €7 million in support.

The ESA BIC Sud France opened in 2013 and is managed by Aerospace Valley. The center is located in three regionsin the south of the France (Nouvelle Aquitaine, Occitanie, PACA) , offering entrepreneurs support and technical expertise for the the creation of innovative start-ups.
ESA BIC Sud France is composed of the following members providing the best support to business creators:

Six support structure: ESTIA Entreprendre, Bordeaux Technowest, CEEI Théogone, Midi-Pyrénées Incubator, BIC Montpellier Mediterannée Metropole and PACA-Est Incubator
Two aerospace competitiveness clusters: Aerospace Valley and Safe
The French Space Agency : CNES.

The ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Sweden opened in 2015 with three incubation offices.

It is managed by a consortium of Arctic Business Incubator (ABI) as consortium leader located in Luleå in the north of Sweden, Uppsala Innovation Centre (UIC) located in Uppsala just north of Stockholm and Innovatum incubator (IAB) located in Trollhättan in the west of Sweden just north of Göteborg.

Each consortium partner provides business incubation at their respective centres, in Luleå, in Uppsala and in Trollhättan.

The ESA Business Incubation Centre Switzerland is a nationwide program launched in 2016 and is managed by ETH Zurich, in collaboration with IFJ and AP Swiss.

Our office is located centrally in Zurich.

Together with our partner network, ESA BIC Switzerland is the program for entrepreneurs with some space connection. This means either exploiting a space technology in a non-space related business on Earth or using a technology from Earth for an application related to Space.

The ESA Business Incubation Centre UK, started its operations in 2011 and is managed by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

It is now located over 3 world leading science, technology and business campuses, with sites in Harwell, Daresbury in Cheshire and Edinburgh. Harwell Campus alone is home to more than 6,000 researchers, engineers and innovators from over 225 high-tech organisations, and a focal point and cluster for the UK’s rapidly growing high-tech space community.

If you wish to apply for the ESA BIC UK, please do not apply through the website. Contact Sue O’Hare for full application details.