BICs

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ESA BIC Austria is managed and coordinated by Science Park Graz in close partnership with accent Gründerservice. ESA BIC Austria draws on both organisation’s outstanding track record in high-tech business incubations – providing a unique environment geared exclusively to accelerating innovation and unlocking your commercial potential. With more than 10 years’ experience in business incubation, Science Park Graz and accent have so far supported more than 200 technology and innovation projects.

The ESA Business Incubation Centre Barcelona (ESA BIC Barcelona) opened in 2014. It is managed by Barcelona Activa and supported locally by renowed public administrations and institutions, namely Area Metropolitana de Barcelona, Diputació de Barcelona, Consell Comarcal del Baix Llobregat, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Parc UPC and Caixa Capital Risc. Located in Barcelona, Spain, this incubator offers start up support and technical expertise for the creation of innovative companies.

The ESA Business Incubation Centre in Bavaria, Germany, was founded in 2009 and is managed by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO). Together with its partners the centre offers business start-up support as well as technical expertise in many space related areas, among others in satellite navigation, data systems, robotics and software systems.
ESA BIC Bavaria has business incubation offices at four locations in the region: the headquarters in Oberpfaffenhofen, and branch offices in Nürnberg and Ottobrunn.

The ESA Business Incubation Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, was founded in 2007 and is managed by Centrum für Satellitennavigation Hessen (cesah). The centre offers business start-up support as well as technical expertise in different space related areas, and in particular in satellite navigation, data systems, software systems and navigation test environments.

The ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Flanders in Belgium was founded in 2012 and is managed by Innotek, the knowledge centre for innovation and technology in the Province of Antwerp.
Collaborating with local partners, the scientific expertise of these institutions complement the start-ups’ technical development in the fields of electronics, nanotechnology, telecommunications, navigation systems, nuclear science, bio-engineering, radiology, life science, and Earth observation.
ESA BIC Flanders start-ups are hosted at Innotek's two technology houses, one in Geel and the other one in Mol, with offices and laboratory space for entrepreneurs.

The ESA Business Incubation Centre in Harwell, UK, started its operations in 2011 and is managed by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
It is located at Harwell Campus, a world leading science, technology and business campus based in South Oxfordshire with more than 4,500 researchers, engineers and innovators from over 150 high-tech organisations, and a focal point and cluster for the UK’s rapidly growing high-tech space community.

The ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Lazio in Italy was founded in 2005 and is managed by the Italian company BIC Lazio SpA.
ESA BIC Lazio offers business start-up support as well as technical expertise throughout their incubation period in a number of space related areas.
It is located at the business incubator ITech in Rome, Italy, which is situated near the European Space Research Institute (ESRIN) in Frascati, Italy.

The ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Madrid Region opens in 2015 and is managed by Fundación madri+d (Madrimasd Knowledge Foundation) and supported by the Regional Government of Madrid. The programme is 50% co-financed by ESA and by the Regional Ministry of Economical Affairs, Employment and Treasury. ESA funding has been guaranteed through the Spanish Delegation at the ESA, consisting of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism through its General Secretariat of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises, and the Center for Development Industrial technology (CDTI).

ESA Business Incubation Centre in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, was opened in 2004 and is managed by SBIC Noordwijk B.V. The centre offers business start-up support as well as technical expertise in most areas of space technology and know-how.

Located in the Space Business Park near to ESTEC, the largest ESA site and the scientific and technical heart of ESA, ESA BIC Noordwijk is promoting the exchange of knowledge between advanced technology and space activities, as well the exchange of technology and expertise between space programmes and terrestrial applications.

The ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Portugal opened in November 2014 and is managed by Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN), in collaboration with Science and Technology Park at University of Porto (UPTEC) and DNA Cascais. Local partners include University of Coimbra, Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento da Região Centro (CCDRC), Portugal Ventures, FNABA, DNA Cascais, University of Porto and several polytechnic institutes.

The 3 host offices are located in Coimbra (IPN), Porto (UPTEC) and Cascais (DNA Cascais, near Lisbon).

Over the first 5 years, ESA BIC Portugal will support 30 Portuguese startup companies, providing financial incentive along business and technical support, creating at least 240 local high-tech jobs.

We support entrepreneurs who strive to use space technologies to make the great leap into business. Varying from space hardware to applications using satellite positioning data, we have supported entrepreneurs since 2016. Providing a complete package to incubate your business, and get it ready for launch! TEST DEUTSCHE TEXT?

The ESA BIC Sud France opened in 2013 and is managed by Aerospace Valley. The center is located in three regionsin the south of the France (Nouvelle Aquitaine, Occitanie, PACA) , offering entrepreneurs support and technical expertise for the the creation of innovative start-ups.
ESA BIC Sud France is composed of the following members providing the best support to business creators:

Six support structure: ESTIA Entreprendre, Bordeaux Technowest, CEEI Théogone, Midi-Pyrénées Incubator, BIC Montpellier Mediterannée Metropole and PACA-Est Incubator
Two aerospace competitiveness clusters: Aerospace Valley and Safe
The French Space Agency : CNES.

The ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Sweden opened in 2015 with three incubation offices.

It is managed by a consortium of Arctic Business Incubator (ABI) as consortium leader located in Luleå in the north of Sweden, Uppsala Innovation Centre (UIC) located in Uppsala just north of Stockholm and Innovatum incubator (IAB) located in Trollhättan in the west of Sweden just north of Göteborg.

Each consortium partner provides business incubation at their respective centres, in Luleå, in Uppsala and in Trollhättan.

The ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Wallonie Redu, Belgium, was founded in 2012, and located in the the futuristic Galaxia business park in Transinne, only 4 km away from ESA’s Redu Centre.
The new Belgian incubation centre is dedicated to space applications, and is managed by WSLlux.
As a natural consequence of the variety of satellites operated by ESA from Redu, ESA BIC Wallonie Redu is aimed at companies specialized in telecommunications, Earth observation, navigation systems as well as integrated applications.
The business incubation centre stands as an avant-garde platform for start-ups with its directly link by a set of high-performance optical fibers to ESA Redu Centre. This unique link provides fresh data collected from satellites for immediate processing and analysis. Furthermore, companies hosted at ESA BIC Wallonie Redu have the exclusive privilege of having access to send commands to satellites which drastically can improve their development and business.