ESA BIC Bavaria,
ESA BIC Northern Germany &
ESA BIC North Rhine-Westphalia
Space Business Incubator #1

Start now.   here.  up!    

We fast-track startup business opportunities!

At ESA BIC Bavaria and ESA BIC Northern Germany, we guide entrepreneurs and startups in turning their ideas and inventions into successful businesses. We promote pioneering companies with disruptive products and digital businesses in areas like Robotics, MedTech, Mobility, Automotive, Aerospace, Artificial Intelligence and tons more. This makes us one of the most successful incubation centres in Europe.

At our Bavarian locations Oberpfaffenhofen, Nuremberg, Ottobrunn, Neubiberg, and Wuerzburg as well as Bremen and Luebeck in Northern Germany as well as Aachen and Herten in North Rhine-Westphalia startups highly benefit from the direct access to space technologies, experts, and technical facilities.

Our incubation programme provides a comprehensive support package from financing, mentoring to research and development – all the way through to market entry. And that’s what we love: Turning great business cases into game-changers.

Benefits from ESA BIC


EUR 50,000 cash
ZERO Equity


Leading tech experts’ feedback & expertise.

Business & Marketing Support

Tailored business support.
Usage of the ESA BIC brand.

Office Support

Modern office space and shared facilities.

Mentoring programme

Customised mentoring in various domains.

Worldwide Network

Industry, Politics, Agencies, Research, Startups

Who can apply?

Not founded or
company age < 5 years
(Bavaria < 3 years)

Product or service with a space connection

A legal work permit in Germany

A detailed list of all eligibility requirements can be found in the Open Call.

Facts and Figures

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Startups Incubated 


Hightech Jobs Created


Total Annual Turnover in 2020

EUR 0  M

Venture Capital in 2020

Our partners

At ESA BIC Bavaria, ESA BIC Northern Germany and ESA BIC North Rhine-Westphalia, startups benefit from hands-on support offered by renowned partners.

Partners of ESA BIC Bavaria

Partners of ESA BIC Northern Germany

Partners of ESA BIC North Rhine-Westphalia

Quotes from our founders / entrepreneurs

AZO – Your Partner in Competition & Innovation

AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen is an international networking and branding company initiating the most important space-related innovation competitions with more than 15,000 participants, over 200 industrial & public – and 400 international stakeholders. The Masters Series, presented by AZO consists of the Galileo Masters, Copernicus Masters and INNOspace Masters. Additionally, AZO organises various other space and innovation programmes supported by the European Commission. AZO runs a very successful business angel network which invested more than EUR 442 million Venture Capital in 2020.

AZO manages the ESA Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Bavaria, ESA BIC Northern Germany, and ESA BIC North Rhine-Westphalia. This incubation programme has supported more than 230 company foundations solely in Bavaria, Northern Germany, and North Rhine-Westphalia to date. For more information, please visit