European Space Agency (ESA) Business Incubation Centre (BIC)
What is ESA BIC
ESA Technology Transfer and Business Incubation Office initiated its ESA Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs) in 2003 to inspire and work with entrepreneurs to turn space-connected business ideas into commercial start-ups companies.
This has proven to be a very successful initiative. Over 700 new businesses have been fostered throughout Europe with thousands of new high tech jobs created thanks to the applications of space systems, the valorization of ESA intellectual properties and the space technologies transfers - and more than 180 new businesses are taken in yearly at the ESA BICs.
The ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Hessen & Baden-Württemberg was founded initially in Hessen as ESA BIC Darmstadt in 2007 and is managed by Centrum für Satellitennavigation Hessen (cesah).
In 2018 the centre was enlarged to include two new incubation locations in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, in Reutlingen and in Friedrichshafen area.
The centre offers 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.
iSpace School and ESA BIC
As from July 2021, after a competitive selection, the iSpace School has been selected to become part of the European Space Agency (ESA) BIC program, in Hessen and Baden Wuttemberg.
The School began an incredible journey with ESA, and it defined an exciting timeline of events that will occur in the next year of Incubation with the ESA BIC.