BICs

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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.

The ESA Business Incubation Centre in Bavaria, Germany, was founded in 2009 and is managed by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO). Together with its partners the centre offers business start-up support as well as technical expertise in many space related areas, among others in satellite navigation, data systems, robotics and software systems.
ESA BIC Bavaria has business incubation offices at four locations in the region: the headquarters in Oberpfaffenhofen, and branch offices in Nürnberg, Berchtesgadener Land and Ottobrunn.

The ESA Business Incubation Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, was founded in 2007 and is managed by Centrum für Satellitennavigation Hessen (cesah). The centre offers business start-up support as well as technical expertise in different space related areas, and in particular in satellite navigation, data systems, software systems and navigation test environments.

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 ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Flanders in Belgium was founded in 2012 and is managed by Innotek, the knowledge centre for innovation and technology in the Province of Antwerp.
Collaborating with local partners, the scientific expertise of these institutions complement the start-ups’ technical development in the fields of electronics, nanotechnology, telecommunications, navigation systems, nuclear science, bio-engineering, radiology, life science, and Earth observation.
ESA BIC Flanders start-ups are hosted at Innotek's two technology houses, one in Geel and the other one in Mol, with offices and laboratory space for entrepreneurs.

The ESA Business Incubation Centre in Harwell, UK, started its operations in 2011 and is managed by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
It is located at Harwell Campus, a world leading science, technology and business campus based in South Oxfordshire with more than 4,500 researchers, engineers and innovators from over 150 high-tech organisations, and a focal point and cluster for the UK’s rapidly growing high-tech space community.

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 and is managed by the Italian company BIC Lazio SpA.
ESA BIC Lazio offers business start-up support as well as technical expertise throughout their incubation period in a number of space related areas.
It is located at the business incubator ITech in Rome, Italy, which is situated near the European Space Research Institute (ESRIN) in Frascati, Italy.

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 Business Incubation Centre in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, was opened in 2004 and is managed by SBIC Noordwijk B.V. The centre offers business start-up support as well as technical expertise in most areas of space technology and know-how.

Located at the Space Business Park 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.

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.

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.

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 (BIC) Wallonie Redu, Belgium, was founded in 2012, and located in the the futuristic Galaxia business park in Transinne, only 4 km away from ESA’s Redu Centre.
The new Belgian incubation centre is dedicated to space applications, and is managed by WSLlux.
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.