The main mission of ESA BIC Bavaria is to boost innovative business concepts for using space technology, applications, and services in a non-space environment in order to provide new jobs and strengthen the competitiveness of the Bavarian space industry. ESA BIC Bavaria thus seeks entrepreneurs from research centres, universities, and space and non-space companies for its locations in Oberpfaffenhofen, Nürnberg and Berchtesgadener Land.
Bavaria - the hotspot for space entrepreneurship in Europe
Bavaria is one of the top five aerospace hotspots in the world and one of the only international locations that covers virtually the entire value chain of the industry - from research and development to production and maintenance. The aerospace industry counts as one of the most important engines of growth and innovation in the local economy and offers high potential for start-up companies. To strengthen the position of Bavaria as a hotspot for space entrepreneurship, the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport, and Technology provides essential support to the sector through initiatives such as the foundation of ESA BIC Bavaria. Thanks to this support programme and the numerous companies located nearby, ESA BIC Bavaria is an ideal partner for start-ups seeking to realise their business ideas and transfer technologies from the aerospace sector to other areas of the economy.
ESA BICs - the power of Europe-wide business incubation
The ESA Technology Transfer Programme Office (TTPO, www.esa.int/ttp) coordinates all of the ESA BICs throughout Europe. The number of ESA BICs all over Europe will grow in the future from the seven that currently exist in Noordwijk, The Netherlands; Frascati, Italy; Darmstadt, Germany; Bavaria, Germany; Harwell, United Kingdom; Redu, Belgium; and Flanders, Belgium. This business incubation network powers entrepreneurship at the European level to the considerable benefit of the regional ESA BICs and the associated start-up companies.