European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre UK

In an increasingly fierce global marketplace, the companies that survive and flourish are those that innovate. Today’s technology savvy consumer is pushing the boundaries of what is possible and the company of tomorrow must be fast to react.

Utilising space technology can offer ambitious entrepreneurs the opportunity to gain a competitive advantage within their sector. In partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA), STFC provides the support and funding that start-up companies need to turn their ideas into profitable products and services using space technology, or to develop technologies for use in space.

As part of our business incubation offering, STFC manages ESA’s Business Incubation Centre UK (“ESA BIC UK”) across its sites, offering successful applicants fully equipped office space, as well as access to all the benefits of being part of our flourishing and unique network of science and innovation campuses. Businesses work alongside, and in collaboration with, other businesses, STFC scientists and engineers, accessing a whole wealth of expertise.

Other benefits include:

  • A cash incentive for design, prototyping, IP protection and market studies of over £40,000;
  • Access to STFC’s test facilities, laboratories/workshops and technical expertise, including up to 40 hours of expert support and 40 hours per year of access to lab facilities;
  • Hands-on business development support/advice;
  • Access to a range of funding, investment, networking and collaboration opportunities.

STFC is extremely proud of the success stories that have come out of the programme since it began in 2011 and has followed the progress of more than 50 companies as they graduate. For more information on these companies, both past and present, please visit ESA’s Space Solutions Portal website.

2019 application deadlines: 26 February, 24 May and 10 September

If you wish to speak to someone at STFC about the ESA BIC please contact:
Sue O’Hare
T: +44 (0)1235 446075


“ESA BIC UK has supported Open Cosmos to achieve rapid growth through its extensive networks and superb expertise within the UK space industry. Last year we celebrated the launch of our first satellite into space thanks to the support of the STFC team.”
Rafel Jordi Siquier – CEO and founder of Open Cosmos


“Since beginning the ESA BIC UK programme, we have felt like we are part of an amazing community that consists of other start-ups doing fantastic things with space technology with whom we have collaborated with as well as, a great team of experts who have facilitated the growth of our business and networks.”
Riham Satti – Co-founder of Mevitae

Last updated: 18 December 2018

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