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ESA Business Incubation Centres


ESA Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs) are the largest network of space incubators in Europe. The main objective of ESA BICs is to support entrepreneurs with a space-based business idea, thereby creating and growing clusters of space related start-ups across Europe.

All ESA BIC are managed by local champions who connect their ESA BICs to their local industry, universities, research organisations, government, and investor communities, while also maintaining strong regional/national links. This makes the ESA BICs very well embedded in the local communities as well as the place of choice for all space related innovation and business.

The network provides excellent support by connecting start-ups with new business partners and getting your product off the ground and market ready.

The ESA BICs seek entrepreneurs who develop applications using space-based systems (such as satellite navigation, earth observation, or satellite communication), use space technologies in a non-space domain, and/or who develop innovative products and services for the space sector.

It enables entrepreneurs to develop their space-connected business ideas into commercial companies by offering:

  • Up to two years of business incubation at an ESA BIC of your choice
  • Technical support from leading experts in the region and from ESA
  • Business coaching
  • Legal and IPR advice
  • Access to business partners and networks
  • Workshops and trainings
  • Fundraising guidance and opportunities
  • 50k EUR funding for product and IP development

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