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Business Incubation Centres

Incubators have gained much traction amongst start-ups and investors over recent years, and are recognised for the dedicated support they offer to early stage companies with an ambition to grow. Whether it be access to physical space or a network of entrepreneurs, advisors and partners a Business Incubation Centre offers a start-up all the tools it will need.

STFC manages the following Business Incubation Centres, each suited to different start-up business requirements. 


European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre United Kingdom

A two year programme designed for entrepreneurs who wish to utilise space technology in a non space environment. As well as accessing a whole package of support from experts and business coaches, successful applicants receive a cash incentive for design, prototyping, IP protection and market studies of over £40,000.

For more detailed information on the programme and how to apply, see here.

Sue O’Hare
T: +44 (0)1235 446075
E: sue.ohare@stfc.ac.uk

ESA-BIC

STFC CERN Business Incubation Centre

Available to small high-tech companies seeking to accelerate their innovative business concepts in high energy physics technologies. Alongside a support programme, incubatees are provided with £40,000 of funding to be used on intellectual property protection, design, prototyping, market studies etc. and up to 40 hours of CERN and 40 hours of STFC scientists and technical expertise. Additionally there is the opportunity to use CERN intellectual property at favourable conditions.

For more information on applying for this programme, please visit our dedicated STFC CERN BIC website, or contact:

Delyth Edwards
T: +44 (0)1925 603142
E: delyth.edwards@stfc.ac.uk

CERN-BIC

Higgs Business Incubation Centre

Available to high-tech companies seeking to grow their businesses in technology areas related to space, particle physics or another STFC discipline. Alongside a support programme, incubatees are provided with £40,000 of funding to be used on intellectual property protection, design, prototyping, market studies etc. and up to 40 hours of STFC facilities access and technical expertise.

Available at the Higgs Centre for Innovation, Royal Observatory Edinburgh only, please visit the website or contact:

Karina Wardak
T: +44 (0)131 668 8290
E: karina.wardak@stfc.ac.uk

HIGGS-BIC

Last updated: 09 July 2019

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