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.

Wish to join an ESA BIC?

  • Your idea must be based on space-related technology, expertise and/or application and target the non-space market
  • Your company must not be older than five years or you are going to start a new company
  • Your company have to be located at and managed from your preferred ESA BIC

How to apply?

  • Choose ESA BIC where you wish to locate your business
  • Contact the ESA BIC manager (email to: )
  • Download the Permanent Open Call for Proposal for your application guidance
  • Download and fill in the Application Template
  • Send your signed and completed application files to the ESA BIC manager.

Branch offices

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DNA Cascais (Lisbon area)
DNA Cascais is a non-profit organization, named Agência DNA Cascais -Cascais, um Concelho Empreendedor (Cascais, an Entrepreneurial Municipality). 
R. Cruz de Popa, 2645-449 Cascais, Portugal
ESA BIC Portugal
UPTEC (Porto)

UPTEC - Science and Technology Park of University of Porto is a fundamental structure ofsupport knowledge transfer between the university and the market, created to sustain the University of Porto’s third mission - the social and economic leverage of its generated knowledge.

By fostering the creation of technological, scientific and creative based companies and attracting national and international innovation centers, UPTEC contributes in a sustainable way to the growth of the North Region of Portugal.

Rua Alfredo Allen, nº 455/461, Porto, Portugal
ESA BIC Portugal

Our Partners

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ESA BIC Portugal
The main mission of the FCT Space Office is to fully explore the benefits of the Portuguese participation in European space programmes, particularly in ESA space programmes. 
In order to fulfill its mission the FCT Space Office is set to:
 - Monitor the participation of Portuguese academia and industry in European and international space programmes while providing recommendations relevant to the implementation of national scientific and technological initiatives and programmes;
 - Contribute to the maintenance of a level of national contribution to ESA and to other international organizations commensurate with the ambitions and capacities of the scientific and industrial communities in line with the policies established for the space domain;
 - Explore the synergies established with other international organizations of which Portugal is a member and, simultaneously, promote bidirectional technology transfer to other economic activity sectors;
 - Promote the visibility and competitiveness of the Portuguese space sector alongside the main European and international partners;
 - Act as the Industrial Liaison Office, promoting the participation of the national industry in the technological activities of the major International Scientific Organizations of which Portugal is a member state (such as ESA, CERN, ESO and ESRF).