Creating the right opportunities for start-ups

Inspired by space?

We help entrepreneurs to turn their space-connected business ideas into commercial companies with:

  • A two-year incubation programme
  • Technical support from leading experts
  • Networking access to your market
  • Business coaching and workshops 
  • Fundraising guidance and opportunities
  • 50K spark-funding for product and IP development
Business Incubation Centres: Facts & Figures on 31/12/2017
Number of ESA BICs
18
Number of Locations within the ESA BICs
47
Total Startups to date
581
Overall Percentage of Applications of Space Systems
62%
Current Incubatees on Sites
218
Total Number of Alumni
328

More than just incubation

The largest single incubation network in Europe

ESA Business Incubation Centres (BICs) are embedded in the 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.

Ready for incubation?

Find out how and when to apply

You can submit your application at any time and, in any of the BIC (the campaigns highlighted below are simply the three soonest upcoming campaigns).

To apply, go to "all open campaigns" and select the BIC that is most convenient to you.

Closing date in

ESA BIC Madrid Region

26 February 2018

53rd Selection Campaign Bavaria

2 March 2018

53rd Selection Campaing Estonia

8 March 2018

ESA BIC Madrid Region

26 February 2018

53rd Selection Campaign Bavaria

2 March 2018

53rd Selection Campaing Estonia

8 March 2018

Network Highlights

Become an ESA BIC start-up

12 February 2018

ESA´s Business Incubation Centres helps entrepreneurs to get their business off the ground. More than 500 start-ups have been nurtured with 150 new ones selected each year.

Events

Act In Space 2018

25 May 2018

The third edition of the ActInSpace hackathon is taking place all over the world, including Harwell, on 25 and 26 May 2018.

Success Stories

Ensuring fresh air for all

20 February 2018

The start-up company AirGloss from ESA´s Italian Business Incubation Centre ESA BIC Lazio is offering affordable air-quality monitors for homes, schools and businesses using technology it developed for the International Space Station.