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
European Incubator Network
Business Incubation Centres
16
Companies created each year
140
Start-ups incubated right now
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Companies launched to date
450

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. Each BIC has different selection dates. Check out when your nearest BIC application selection is and get the ball rolling.

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Selection Campaign #51B Bavaria

1 September 2017

Selection Campaign #53 Noordwijk

10 October 2017

Selection Campaign #51B Bavaria

1 September 2017

Selection Campaign #53 Noordwijk

10 October 2017

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