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, select the BIC that is most convenient to you (see map of possible options "here") and contact them.

Closing date in

54th Selection Campaign Bavaria

8 June 2018

54th B Selection Campaign Bavaria

3 September 2018

55th Selection Campaign Bavaria

5 November 2018

54th Selection Campaign Bavaria

8 June 2018

54th B Selection Campaign Bavaria

3 September 2018

55th Selection Campaign Bavaria

5 November 2018

Network Highlights

Events

ActInSpace 2018

25 May 2018

ActInSpace® is an international innovation contest initiated by the French Space Agency (CNES) uniting over 60 cities across 5 continents.

Success Stories

ESA BIC NAiSE: a specialist in indoor navigation

25 April 2018

The ESA BIC Darmstadt start-up company NAiSE has developed a smart indoor navigation system which extend seamlessly navigation and localisation from outside to inside in closed buildings. Meet them at ILA Future Lab ”FUEL FOR INNOVATION”.