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.

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At the head office at the prominent aerospace location Oberpfaffenhofen, close to Munich, start-ups benefit from the exceptional proximity to the German Aerospace Center (DLR), offering expertise and access to testing facilities as well as from additional high-tech companies and a productive economic environment.

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Nürnberg branch

At the branch office Nürnberg, start-ups can benefit from the Fraunhofer IIS institute's expertise especially in fields such as navigation, logistics, IC design, digital broadcasting, multi-media, communication systems, or imaging systems.

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DLR is Germany's national research centre for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, transportation and energy is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. As Germany's Space Agency, the German federal government has given DLR responsibility for the forward planning and implementation of the German space programme as well as international representation of Germany's interests.

Aeronautics and space make substantial contributions to the way we live today. Aviation guarantees our global mobility and satellites enable worldwide communication. Remote sensing generates data about our environment, while the exploration of space leads to new knowledge about the origin and development of the Solar System, its planets, and, hence, about the creation of life.

Moreover, key industries, including materials technology, medicine and software engineering, all profit from innovations made by DLR in the fields of aeronautics and space.

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Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe's number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. Capitalizing on a broad technology basis of research and development facilities and an extensive network of partnerships and customers, the company is driving innovation in the whole space domain. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately EUR 14 billion per year.

The Ludwig Bölkow Campus (LBC) was officially founded in March 2012 with the aim of establishing an international hub for groundbreaking innovations, new ways of thinking, and practical training in the aerospace and security industry. The campus is to serve as a place where science, education, and industry come together from all over the world in a creative environment that helps innovative ideas turn into real products. A central focus of activities on the LBC is the targeted implementation of research findings into products ready for market. In order to cover the entire innovation process chain "from the idea to the product", numerous spin-offs are to be established on the LBC and the establishment of start-up businesses is being promoted.

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Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen, Germany, ranks first among the Fraunhofer Institutes in terms of headcount and revenue. Fraunhofer IIS has reached worldwide recognition as the main inventor of MP3 and co-inventor of the MPEG-4 AAC audio coding standard. In close cooperation with partners and clients, the institute provides research and development services in the following areas: digital radio broadcasting systems; audio and multimedia technology; digital cinema systems; design automation and integrated circuits; wired, wireless and optical networks; localization and navigation; camera and imaging systems; nanofocus X-ray technology; medical sensor solutions; and supply chain services.

Positioning and navigation - core competencies of Fraunhofer IIS:

Positioning and tracking have myriad uses and benefit a range of industries, such as in helping driver assistance systems determine their location; steering construction machines; empowering mobile guidance systems; tracking forklifts in warehouses, soccer players on fields, or security staff on company premises; and managing assets. Each application obviously requires specific technology.

To be able to meet the requirements associated with this diversity of applications, IIS has consolidated its positioning and navigation expertise within a single research unit in Nuremberg, where more than 80 engineers and computer scientists in three departments pool a wide array of skills. The institute's solutions range from wireless sensor networks and adaptive antennas to satellite navigation systems. Over 10 different IIS positioning technologies can be adapted, advanced, and combined to produce tailor-made prototypes and systems.

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The Economic Development Agency Berchtesgadener Land serves as a point of contact for all companies in our region. Whether you are interested in inward investment or already have a business here, the agency provides customized support and assistance for the decision-making and implementation phase of your project. Our support is the key to your success in southeast Bavaria:

  • Comprehensive information on business and technology located in southeast Bavaria and Salzburg.
  • Close network with the public administration, the business and science communities and related associations.
  • Developing your business and searching for your company location.
  • Organizing financial support for your investments in innovative projects.
  • Promote the use of modern information technology, like e.g. the use of GIS, spatial data, online platforms and social media for online marketing in for your company as part of the project eBusiness pilot for southeast Bavaria (eBusiness-Lotse).

One of the region's main activities is the innovation network "Satellite Navigation Berchtesgadener Land", a cross-border cluster of medium-sized enterprises and scientific institutions. The purpose of this network (since 2005) is to make active use of capabilities and potentials of GNSS/GIS-technology. Participating companies and scientific institutions in southeast Bavaria and Salzburg (Austria) are closely linked within the network in order to create synergy and stimulate innovation. The challenge is to expand the competitiveness of these companies as well as to design and implement innovative projects and products. In collaboration with users, the partners design and implement innovative navigation applications, providing tomorrow's markets with ideas and solutions in the fields like security and emergency services, mobility and transport logistics, public health and tourism, energy and environmental management, and other GNSS fields.
One of the interesting projects in this field of technology is the unique outdoor test- and development environment for the emerging Galileo & GPS satellite navigation market, is the certified Galileo Test and Development Environment (GATE). The operating company IFEN provides a unique opportunity to develop equipment and applications and to test them under realistic conditions. It consists of eight virtual "Galileo satellites" located on top of several mountains around the GATE test area in Berchtesgaden.