AZO enriches open house day at DLR

On Sunday 9 October 2016, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen opened its doors. AZO was represented with a booth and fantastic exhibits at the Galileo Control Centre building at DLR, besides the eleven institutes and research institutes which are domiciled at this location as well as the centre for lightweight construction production technology from Augsburg and many external organisations.

Approximately 16,000 visitors got informed in fields like space mission, climate research, Earth observation, expansion of navigation systems and the further development of robotics. The institutes represented their different research projects in an exciting and playful way.

AZO, a spin-off of the DLR, was represented with a booth at the Galileo Control Centre building with the whole range of its projects. All the various AZO initiatives, including ESA BIC Bavaria, the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC), the Copernicus Masters and the INNOspace Masters, are supported by the DLR. Fantastic exhibits of the ESA BIC Bavaria startups showed the wide variety of the possibilities of technology transfer and gave the visitors a better insight in the broad spectrum of AZO's space-based high technology transfer. Upon other exhibits, there was a bicycle saddle of the ESA BIC Bavaria incubatee Cevotec consisting of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic, making the saddle lighter and stronger. In addition, there was an insole of the ESA BIC Bavaria startup evalu. Evalu develops the first mobile running coach working with artificial intelligence (AI) for the optimising the progession of training for athletes. The app - combined with a shoe insole sensor - delivers the data providing personalised feedback in real time.

Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO)
By leveraging its extensive experience as a specialist in building and maintaining global innovation networks and organising related competitions, AZO supports product innovations and the creation of new companies, particularly in the field of commercial aerospace applications.

The visitors at the open house day at the DLR got first-hand insights how the AZO initiatives make Bavaria such a successful aerospace location in Europe. Just to name a few figures: Out of more than 400 developed ideas in ESA BICs all over Europe, AZO enabled the creation of more than 113 companies and 1,300 jobs, an annual turnover of over EUR 130 Million and a success rate of 89 percent. ESA incorporates 16 Business Incubation Centres (BICs) throughout Europe. The most successful incubator is the ESA BIC Bavaria located in Oberpfaffenhofen at AZO's headquarters.

ESA Business Incubation Centre Bavaria
The ESA BIC Bavaria seeks entrepreneurs using space technologies in a non-space environment. That does not mean rocket science, but applies to multiple application fields such as navigation and positioning, communications techniques, Earth observation, materials, processes, signals or robotics.

ESA's Business Incubation Centre Bavaria was launched in 2009 and is ever since managed by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO) on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA). With more than 105 newly founded startups and more than 1,300 new jobs under its name, AZO's incubation programme is one of Europe's most successful initiatives in promoting the commercial use of aerospace technologies. ESA BIC Bavaria and its renowned partners - ESA, the Bavarian Ministry of Economics, DLR, Airbus Defence and Space, Fraunhofer IIS and Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Berchtesgadener Land - provide startups with financial and technical support at four branch offices: Oberpfaffenhofen, Ottobrunn, Nürnberg and Berchtesgadener Land. ESA BIC Bavaria has four selection rounds each year. The next application deadline for the incubation programme is 7 November 2016. Become part of the ESA BICs family now