European Space Agency Business Incubation Centres

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source: esa.int

Led by Frank Salzberger, the Head of the Technology Transfer and Business Incubation Office, the ESA Business Incubation Centres were initiated in 2000 and was setup to inspire entrepreneurs to turn space connected business ideas into commercial startup companies.

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source: esa.int

Since July 2003, there are over 65 startups that have been developed throughout Europe with thousands of new high tech jobs created due to applications of space systems, development of ESA intellectual properties and space technologies transfers.  On average, there are more than 150 startups that are taken up early at ESA BICs.

 

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source: esa.int

Currently there are twenty ESA BICs, across more than 60 cities and in 17 European Countries.  ESA BICs provide opportunities for entrepreneurs and startups to turn their ideas and inventions into businesses in Europe.  The centres offer the following:

  • office space and logistics support
  • technical support
  • business assistance
  • seed money and access to equity loan facilities
  • access to inventors, VCs and other finance opportunities
  • help to find partners and launch business internationally through the extensive ESA BIC network

 

ESA offers business incubation at:

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source: ESA BIC

 

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source: ESA BIC

 

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  • ESA BIC Bavaria with three centres located in Oberpfaffenhofen, in Nürnberg and in Ottobrunn, Germany.

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source: ESA BIC

 

  • ESA BIC UK with three centres located at Harwell, in Edinburgh and in Daresbury in UK.

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source: vido.doo

 

  • ESA BIC Belgium with 6 centres located in Redu, Charleroi, Liège, Louvain-la-Neuve, Antwerpen and Ghent.

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source: ESA BIC

 

  • ESA BIC Sud France with 11 centres located in the Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrénées, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Corsica, and Auvergne Rhone Alpes regions in the south of France, and in French Guyana.

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source: ESA BIC

 

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source: ESA BIC

 

  • ESA BIC Portugal with three centres in Coimbra, in Porto and in Cascais near to Lisbon.

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source: ESA BIC
  • ESA BIC Madrid Region with four centres in Pozuelo, in Tres Cantos, in Leganés and in Mostoles, all in the Madrid region in Spain.

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source: ESA BIC

 

  • ESA BIC Sweden with three centres in Luleå, in Uppsala and in Trollhättan.

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source: ESA BIC

 

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source: ESA BIC

 

  • ESA BIC Ireland with four centres in Cork, in Athlon, in Maynooth and in Ringaskiddy

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source: ESA BIC

 

  • ESA BIC Switzerland with the centre in Zurich and supporting start-ups throughout the country through virtual incubation.

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source: ESA BIC

 

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source: ESA BIC

 

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source: ESA BIC

 

  • ESA BIC Nord France with six centres in Brest, in Nantes, in Paris, in Lille, in Troyes and in Caen.

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source: ESA BIC

 

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source: ESA BIC

 

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source: ESA BIC

ESA BICS have open calls for proposals which means that applications can be submitted anytime.  The specific details for application vary for each centre so if you are interested please contact the specific ESA BICS.  To know more about ESA’s business incubation:

To know more on ESA’s business incubation, please contact:

or contact directly one of our ESA Business Incubator Centres.

 

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Written by Helen Tung

Emergent Tech Advisor/MINERVA Fellow

EU- Japan Centre

#esabic #NewSpace2060  @EUJapanCentre

 

 

 

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