The ESA BIC Northern Germany is operated by AVIASPACE BREMEN e.V. and Bremen’s regional development bank, BAB, and managed by AZO.

Main Partners

European Space Agency (ESA)

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

European Regional Development Fund in Bremen (ERDF)

The ERDF – European Regional Development Fund – finances programmes in the fields of regional development, economic change and enhanced competitiveness.

Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Europe Bremen

The ministry is responsible for all matters related to economic affairs, labour, Europe, and international business policies of the German Federal State of Bremen.

German Aerospace Center Space Administration (DLR)

DLR is Germany’s national research centre for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, transportation and energy is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures.


AVIASPACE BREMEN e.V. is an association of dedicated companies and application-oriented research institutes in the Federal State of The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen and the surrounding areas. The network implements the aeronautics and space industries sector strategy of the Federal State of Bremen.

BAB (Starthaus)

BAB (Bremer Aufbau-Bank GmbH), the development bank for Bremen and Bremerhaven initiated the Starthaus. It provides support during the establishment and early development phases, creates contacts to the state of Bremen’s start-up network, and designs and coordinates the various subsidy modules.

Technical Partners

Airbus Defence & Space

Airbus Defence and Space GmbH Bremen is the European Competence Centre for astronautics, launchers and space robotics. It is also the Airbus national competence centre for SCRUM and Agile Engineering as well as Lean Start-up Methods.


The systems specialist OHB System AG is one of the leading OEMs in European space with its core business comprising low-orbiting and geostationary satellites.


ArianeGroup is a joint venture of Airbus Group and the French group Safran, with its three core businesses: aerospace (orbital propulsion systems and equipment), defence and security with the objective of development and subsequent production of Ariane 6.

Fraunhofer IFAM

The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Bremen is one of the leading independent research organisations in Europe in the fields of “Adhesive Bonding Technology and “ Surfaces” and “Shaping and Functional Materials”.

Institute of Environmental Physics Bremen (IUP), University Bremen

IUP is a renowned research institute comprising several research departments including the Department of Oceanography which investigates changes in climate-relevant processes in the ocean.

Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Bremerhaven

The Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research is located in Bremerhaven and employs more than 1000 people. As an internationally respected centre of expertise on polar and marine research, the Alfred Wegener Institute is one of the very few scientific institutions in the world that are equally active in the Arctic and Antarctic.

AES System GmbH

AES is a highly innovative SME specialising in engineering services and bespoke products for the aviation and space industries. In R&D, for example, they are currently working on a research project titled “Aluminum Harnesses for Satellites” (AlSa) using aluminum cables as power supply lines, in satellites.

Aerospace Technologie (DSI-AS) GmbH

DSI Aerospace Technologie GmbH (DSI-AS) is a SME located in Bremen, whic h provides highspeed electronics for airborne and space applications. The areas of activity are dedicated to the engineering and development of solutions for computers, information technologies, control systems and advanced communication systems.

Network Partners

Financial Partners

High Tech Gründer-Fonds

High Tech Gründerfonds

High Tech Gründerfonds is Germany´s most active and leading seed stage investor. We finance your technology-driven company.


OHB Venture Capital GmbH

OHB Venture Capital GmbH is a venture capital arm of OHB SE specializing in start-up and early stage investments.

Future Regional Partners

"Departmental Authorities" in the city state of Hamburg correspond to ministries in German area states. Main mission of the Departmental Authority for Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation is to strengthen the regional economy and to foster technical progress
Lower Saxony
According to its official mission statement, the primary aim of the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour, Transport and Digitalisation of Lower Saxony is to safeguard and advance regional growth through actions in different fields from labour market policies to traffic infrastructure.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Employment, Technology and Tourism of Land Schleswig-Holstein is responsible for the following matters and focal areas of activity: One main focus of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Employment, Technology and Tourism of Land Schleswig-Holstein in the field of economic policy is to make Schleswig-Holstein even more appealing to medium-sized companies.
Mecklenburg West-Pomerania
The Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Health of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania creates the framework conditions for companies and thus works to improve the economic structure of the country.
Brandenburg: The Ministry for economic affairs and Energy understands its role as being a partner for enterprises and citizens of the region. It enhances the quality of the location and enterprise friendly framework conditions. Special regard is given to small and medium-sized enterprises due to the economic structure of the region.
Berlin: The goal of the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises is to secure Berlin’s recent leading position and make it a global hub. Ten so called centres of future, local innovation parks for smart industries, are currently being developed. Creating a network for electric vehicles, launching 5G sites for commercial enterprises and expanding 200 Mbit-internet over the entire city are other focal areas to make Berlin a global pacemaker for innovation in the digital age.
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