In 2004, we started the first space business incubator in the Bavarian aerospace hot spot Oberpfaffenhofen. This was possible on behalf of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and with support of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs. The surrounding lakes, the view of the Alps and the proximity to Munich offered the perfect space for business innovation.
Together we recognised the economic importance of space technologies for the creation of new ventures at an early stage. The huge commercial potential of satellite systems in general as well as the European satellite navigation and Earth observation programmes have always played a key role for us from day one. Our main target groups are visionary startups, entrepreneurs and scientific employees from research institutes and universities. The brilliant business ideas of these innovators reflect the propulsion component of ESA BIC Bavaria.
Let’s make the world a better place with space products and services.
AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen is an international networking and branding company for the European space programmes, supporting entrepreneurship with more than 500 companies founded in Europe. Over the last 15 years, AZO has established the leading European space cluster innovation network for the satellite downstream market, while providing the necessary marketing and promotion platform, incubation and expert network, as well as regional funding programmes with the objective to increase the uptake of business cases.
AZO organises it’s “Innovation Masters Series”, the most important space-related innovation competitions: Galileo Masters, Copernicus Masters, INNOspace Masters, Space Exploration Masters in close cooperation with the European Commission (EC), Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology Germany (BMVI), European Space Agency (ESA), German Aerospace Center (DLR), as well as a number of major industrial partners such as Airbus, Merck, DHL, SAP, T-Systems, CGI and many others.
In all competitions, AZO awards product innovations with well-known partners and established associated accelerator programs in almost all competitions. Additionally, AZO manages its ESA Business Incubation Centres (BICs) Bavaria and Northern Germany. This incubation programme has supported more than 150 company foundations solely in Bavaria to date.
Deal Pipeline for the European Space Eco-system 2004 – 2018: Space Exploration, Technology Transfer, Copernicus and Galileo
Acceleration & Incubation for the European Space Startup Community
* in 2018