What we do

Start-ups
86M
Currently incubated
Incubated to date
421
Technologies
Technology transfers
320
Technology descriptions
TBC
Intellectual Property (IP)
Inventions
132
ESA patents
411

ESA space solutions is a ‘one-stop shop’ for re-purposing space technology. By exploiting space know-how, facilitating and inspiring its use in new applications and sharing this knowledge we bring ‘space back down to Earth’. At the heart of this is an agile and specialist transfer and incubation network, conecting and enabling bussinesses and entrepreneurs across Europe.

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

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.

More than just incubation
Achievements
Number of brokers
16
Available technologies
400
Transfers last year
20
Demonstration projects last year
8

Knowing exactly how space can benefit your business may not always be obvious. Our technology brokers are experts in assessing market needs in areas where there is a high potential for exploiting space technology. They provide comprehensive advice, research, market studies, product development services and more to support you - before, during and after transfer.

Supporting industry
ESA patents
411
Inventions
132
Available this year / capacity this year
4/10
Number of Startups in program
14
25

Intellectual Property (IP) refers to the protection of creations of the mind, which have both a moral and a commercial value.

IP law typically grants the author of an intellectual creation exclusive rights for exploiting and benefiting from their creation. However, these rights, also called monopoly right of exploitation, are limited in scope, duration and geographical extent.

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Uncovering what lies beneath

1 August 2016

A key feature of the James Webb Space Telescope is helping to shed light on what goes on underneath boats in stormy weather and around the structures of offshore oilrigs.