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What has been the motivation behind the foundation of the ESA BICs?
The goal is to transfer space technology into non-space sectors. Therefore, every applicant must have a connection to the aerospace industry.

Who is the contact person in charge of ESA BIC Bavaria?
Any questions related to this programme should be addressed to esa-bic@anwendungszentrum.de

What is different about ESA BIC Bavaria in comparison to the other ESA BICs?
ESA BIC Bavaria is the only ESA BIC where you can choose between three locations: Oberpfaffenhofen, Nuremberg, or Berchtesgadener Land.

Who is involved in ESA BIC Bavaria?
The Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO) is the company in charge of the programme. Its external partners include the European Space Agency (ESA), the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, and - for incubatees located in Oberpfaffenhofen - the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and Kreissparkasse München Starnberg Ebersberg (a local bank); in Nuremberg, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS and Sparkasse Nürnberg (a local bank); and in Berchtesgadener Land, the Economic Development Corporation Berchtesgadener Land mbH (WFG BGL) and Sparkasse Berchtesgadener Land (a local bank). Details on each of these participating institutions can be found here.

How many start-up companies can we support?
The aim is to support 70 companies by 2013, or 20 companies every year.

How many start-up companies are already in the programme?
To find out more about our current start-ups and alumni, check out their profiles.

How long is the incubation period?
The incubation period can last up to two years.

What support can I expect from the ESA BIC Bavaria programme?
Financial and technical support, as well as numerous benefits from our extensive international network.

What does the financial support consist of?
The financial support is divided into two parts. One is an incentive scheme that consists of EUR 25,000 from ESA and EUR 35,000 from the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, with no obligation of repayment. The second is an optional EUR 40,000 loan from the local bank in your chosen location.

What does the technical support consist of?
The support our technical partners provide can include manpower, software and hardware, test facilities, and much more. In Oberpfaffenhofen, our technical partner is the German Aerospace Center (DLR); in Nuremberg, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS); and in Berchtesgadener Land, the Economic Development Corporation Berchtesgadener Land mbH (WFG BGL).

How long does it take to become an incubatee at ESA BIC Bavaria?
The evaluation process takes about two months from the deadline to the start of your incubation.

What criteria do the applicants have to fulfil?
The main criterion is a connection to the aerospace industry, e.g. usage of satellites, hardware, software, or other special materials developed for the space industry. All other criteria, including specific requirements defined by ESA and AZO, can be found on the application template or here.

Is there an application template for ESA BIC Bavaria?
Yes; you can find the template here.

Are there any deadlines on applying?
Yes, although it is an open call. At the moment, there are four deadlines per year at intervals of about three months. All deadlines are published in our calendar.

How can I have my idea evaluated?

  1. Fill out the application proposal template.
  2. Submit your proposal before the next deadline.
  3. We will then check whether your idea meets the formal requirements.
  4. If it does, you will be asked to present your company at an evaluation meeting at the Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen.
  5. Your proposal will then be accepted or rejected.

Do I need to have a registered company to apply to ESA BIC Bavaria?
No, you do not need to register your company before the evaluation meeting. You will, however, need to do so in the first weeks of incubation.

Where will I need to register my company?
For the duration of incubation, your company's headquarters must be registered in your chosen incubation location in Bavaria, Germany. This is a formal requirement of becoming an incubatee.