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.

Established 2002 in Bavaria as the first European space incubator, AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen has been managing ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Bavaria since 2009 with financial support from the Bavarian Ministry of Economics and its first-class partners: European Space Agency (ESA), German Aerospace Center (DLR), Airbus, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS and KSK München Starnberg Ebersberg. ESA BIC Bavaria is part of the Europe-wide network with 18 ESA Business Incubation Centres. At the three Bavarian locations, Oberpfaffenhofen, Ottobrunn and Nuremberg, startups highly benefit from the direct access to space technologies, expert advice and technical facilities. The incubation programme provides a comprehensive support programme, from financing to research and development, all the way through to market entry.
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. For more information, please see www.esa-bic.de

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At the head office at the prominent aerospace location Oberpfaffenhofen, close to Munich, start-ups benefit from the exceptional proximity to the German Aerospace Center (DLR), offering expertise and access to testing facilities as well as from additional high-tech companies and a productive economic environment.

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Ottobrunn branch
At the branch office Ottobrunn, located on the premises of the recently established Ludwig Bölkow Campus (LBC) close to Munich, start-ups can benefit from an outstanding work environment connecting entrepreneurs, innovators, and industry, as well as the expertise of Airbus.
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Nürnberg branch

At the branch office Nürnberg, start-ups can benefit from the Fraunhofer IIS institute's expertise especially in fields such as navigation, logistics, IC design, digital broadcasting, multi-media, communication systems, or imaging systems.

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Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen, Germany, ranks first among the Fraunhofer Institutes in terms of headcount and revenue. Fraunhofer IIS has reached worldwide recognition as the main inventor of MP3 and co-inventor of the MPEG-4 AAC audio coding standard.

In close cooperation with partners and clients, the institute provides research and development services in the following areas: digital radio broadcasting systems; audio and multimedia technology; digital cinema systems; design automation and integrated circuits; wired, wireless and optical networks; localization and navigation; camera and imaging systems; nanofocus X-ray technology; medical sensor solutions; and supply chain services.

Positioning and navigation – core competencies of Fraunhofer IIS:

Positioning and tracking have myriad uses and benefit a range of industries, such as in helping driver assistance systems determine their location; steering construction machines; empowering mobile guidance systems; tracking forklifts in warehouses, soccer players on fields, or security staff on company premises; and managing assets. Each application obviously requires specific technology.

To be able to meet the requirements associated with this diversity of applications, IIS has consolidated its positioning and navigation expertise within a single research unit in Nuremberg, where more than 80 engineers and computer scientists in three departments pool a wide array of skills. The institute’s solutions range from wireless sensor networks and adaptive antennas to satellite navigation systems. Over 10 different IIS positioning technologies can be adapted, advanced, and combined to produce tailor-made prototypes and systems.

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With 1,800 employees and 102 offices, Kreissparkasse München Starnberg Ebersberg is a strong and reliable partner to its retail and business banking customers.

We offer the entire range of financial services with expert, friendly advice. As a bank deeply rooted in the region, being close to our customers is a big part of our business philosophy. Personal contact is important to us and we never forget that people are the reason we are here. With this kind of thinking, it is only natural that we are involved in supporting community and cultural facilities.

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Sparkasse Nürnberg has a balance sheet total of more than €9 billion and is the second-largest savings bank in Bavaria. It provides a comprehensive range of financial services at its 103 branches and 17 competence centres.

  • Sparkasse Nürnberg is the market leader in its region, with over 345,000 customers and a 40 per cent share of the private current account market.
  • Sparkasse Nürnberg has 2,000 employees, making it one of the region’s biggest employers. It also recruits around 80 trainees every year.
  • Sparkasse Nürnberg is deeply rooted in the region and sets great store in keeping in touch with its customers. In 2010, it invested €3.2 million in local projects and initiatives.
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Bavaria is one of the leading high-tech regions in Europe and the aerospace sector has always been a major focus of the Bavarian State Government. Annually around 7 billion € in revenues are generated in the manufacturing aerospace sector. Overall, more than 60,000 employees are working in around 550 companies in Bavaria – including airlines and airports.

World leading OEMs such as Airbus Defence and Space, Airbus Helicopters Germany and MTU Aero Engines are headquartered in Bavaria. Tier 1 suppliers such as Diehl Aerospace, Premium Aerotec and Liebherr Aerospace have already chosen Bavaria as one of their main business sites. In addition, a substantial number of niche suppliers, market leaders in their respective fields, such as FAG Aerospace, EME, ESG, IABG, Leistritz or Telair characterize the aerospace cluster in Bavaria.

Manufacturing of systems and subsystems in aviation, space, defence and security, UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) as well as top quality engineering services enjoy a long tradition in Bavaria. Bavaria is one of just a few regions worldwide with the entire value added chain from basic research, industrial research and development, via prototyping and  manufacturing to maintenance, repair and overhaul.

The innovation-friendly economic policy offers extensive development programmes and initiatives – like, for example, the Cluster Initiative or Bavarian funding for aerospace applications. Furthermore, the strategy programme or the high-tech initiative Digital Bavaria of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs support the industry.

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The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport, digitalisation and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. In addition to its own research, as Germany’s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility by the federal government for the planning and implementation of the German space programme. DLR is also the umbrella organisation for the nation’s largest project management agency.

DLR has approximately 8000 employees at 20 locations in Germany: Cologne (headquarters), Augsburg, Berlin, Bonn, Braunschweig, Bremen, Bremerhaven, Dresden, Goettingen, Hamburg, Jena, Juelich, Lampoldshausen, Neustrelitz, Oberpfaffenhofen, Oldenburg, Stade, Stuttgart, Trauen and Weilheim. DLR also has offices in Brussels, Paris, Tokyo and Washington D.C.

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Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats and business aviation products. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.


The Ludwig Bölkow Campus (LBC) was officially founded in March 2012 with the aim of establishing an international hub for groundbreaking innovations, new ways of thinking, and practical training in the aerospace and security industry. The campus is to serve as a place where science, education, and industry come together from all over the world in a creative environment that helps innovative ideas turn into real products. A central focus of activities on the LBC is the targeted implementation of research findings into products ready for market. In order to cover the entire innovation process chain “from the idea to the product”, numerous spin-offs are to be established on the LBC and the establishment of start-up businesses is being promoted.