The ESA Business Incubation Centres (BICs) Bavaria and Northern Germany promote pioneering companies with disruptive products and digital businesses. The incubation programme provides a comprehensive support programme, from research and development to financing, all the way through to market entry.
At the three Bavarian locations, Oberpfaffenhofen, Ottobrunn and Nuremberg and Bremen in Northern Germany, startups highly benefit from the direct access to space technologies and –infrastructures, expert advice and technical facilities. ESA BIC Bavaria and Northern Germany are part of the Europe-wide network with numerous ESA Business Incubation Centres.
Established 2004 in Bavaria as the first European space incubator, AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen has been managing ESA BIC Bavaria since 2009 with financial support from the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs (StMWi) and its first-class partners: European Space Agency (ESA), German Aerospace Center (DLR), Airbus, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS), Kreissparkasse München-Starnberg-Ebersberg and Sparkasse Nuremberg. Additionally, since 2019 AZO manages the new ESA BIC Northern Germany in Bremen, which is operated by AVIASPACE BREMEN e.V. and Bremen’s regional development bank, BAB, with support of world-class partners.