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BUSINESS INCUBATION
INCUBATEES
Space connection: sílica-based aerogel has been tested in several space systems and can be used in landers, rovers, launchers, cryogenic tanks, entry/re-entry capsules.
Company: produces and commercializes aerogels for space and non-space applications.
Advantages: low density, low thermal conductivity, hydrophobicity, flexibility and suitability for temperatures from -250 to 350oC; may be supplied in blocks, blankets, foam or powder.
Markets: pipeline insulation, aeronautics, building & construction; wastewater treatment.
Space connection: Real Time Kinematics (RTK) relying on augmented GNSS.
Company: is developing and integrating a system that automatically lands and docks a drone in a platform to perform battery switching.
Advantages: drone battery switch which creates conditions to increase endurance and range of drone flights.
Markets: drone manufacturing companies; existing drone user companies to provide services (namely for precision agriculture).
Space connection: TRUESHOT wristband for golf sector uses GNSS processing techniques for acquiring golf shots details. The usage of Copernicus Sentinels for massive course mapping can generate new commercial opportunities.
Company: specialized in location based services, with focus on Space products exploitation for the global market. Commercializes the auto-tracking wristband, wearable solutions and IT consultancy services.
Advantages: key differentiators are AUTOMATION, ACCURACY and AUTONOMY: automatic data tracking, with improved location accuracy and adequate battery life for golfing.
Markets: IT, Sports & Entertainment, Aerospace.
Space connection: Real Time Kinematics (RTK) relying on augmented GNSS.
Company: developing autonomous navigation software and air traffic controller for drones (small UAVs), focused to enable the use of drones to deliver small packages.
Advantages: end-to-end, safe, secure and reliable solution for customers; use of drones enable quick deliveries at very low cost.
Markets: retailers, e-commerce’s, logistic operators, industries and farms with wide lands (internal transportation).
Space connection: satellite decommissioning technology and know-how on nanosatellites production and nanothrusters.
Business Model: Mesosphere in-situ data collection during Cubesat decommission maneuver by an atmosphere analyser.
Advantages: Mesosphere weather in-situ data with a lower cost and without launch site restrictions; collection over the Poles and easier sequential measurements.
Markets: insurance companies; climate/weather forecasting.
Space connection: Real Time Kinematics (RTK) relying on GNSS.
Company: sells services with custom built UAVs and sensors for precision agriculture; flight services and image processing products.
Advantages: specialised data to optimize agricultural outputs and forestry preservation, protection, maintenance and conservation.
Markets: farmers, agricultural associations, forest parks, heritage, surveying.
Space connection: Findster products use GNSS satellites and EGNOS antennas to give you a real-time and high-precision position of your loved one.
Company: Findster creates products to help you keep your loved ones safe and healthy.
Advantages: compared with Findster, existing solutions are a way to react and not to prevent missing cases, have a 2x lower battery life and are up to 10x more expensive over 2 years due to the required monthly fees.
Markets: dog owners and parents with children from 2-9 years old.
Space connection: piezoelectric/thermoelectric sensors, piezoelectric/thermoelectric power generation systems and smart structures for nanosatellites.
Company: consulting, designing and prototyping service of energy harvesting solutions for wearables; production of micro/nano-generators relying on piezoelectric/ thermoelectric materials.
Advantages: convert wasted mechanical and thermal energy into useful electrical energy.
Markets: 1) smart textile, shoes & accessories; 2) portable consumer electronics; 3) low power consumption sensing and big data acquisition technology.
Space connection: Smart integration of local sensors, combined with Sentinels 1/2/3 with permanent and fault tolerant position determination via GNSS/EGNOS receiver.
Company: Provides a Multi-Sensor Fusion System for Water Quality Monitoring and Subaquatic Mapping Services in water bodies (e.g. Industrial Discharges).
Advantages: Real-time data transmission over the internet and data visualization from the cloud. Improved reliability and range of service.
Markets: Waste Water Management. Discharge Industries. Maritime Contractors. Oil&Gas.
Space connection: Major chemicals and physical properties obtained from near real time earth observation data satellite.
Company: Startup devoted to the use of chemical distribution of major pollutants to issue alerts regarding air quality. SOUL concept combines dynamical mapping with space observation to issue alerts in real time and based on time evolution algorithms to citizens.
Advantages: In situ measurements using satellite data to improve quality of life of cities and citizens, creating a major layer mapping additionally information to fixed and dynamical air quality stations.
Markets: Respiratory diseases; Joggers; City management; Insurance companies.
Space connection: The product uses GNSS signals for enhanced indoor positioning (especially the future Galileo with better indoor penetration) to guide people and Earth Observation images for the detection of changes on airports’ buildings morphology.
Company: SCRAMJET, by WATERDOG mobile, matches flight reservations and smartly identifies business travellers that will be located in the same airport at the same time. SCRAMJET gets flight booking fees for every flight booked in the platform and aims at establishing affiliate programs with airlines, airports and airport businesses.
Advantages: SCRAMJET adds “business opportunities” as a new metric for flight planning and makes travel time and cost become better investments by allowing business travellers to take advantage of the time they spend in airports.
Markets: Business events and business travelling.
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ESA BIC IN PORTUGAL
  • Management
    Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN) is responsible for the overall management of the ESA Business Incubation Centre in Portugal. IPN partners with multiple public and private organizations to ensure an excellent support to entrepreneurs.
  • Incubation Offices
    ESA BIC Portugal offers entrepreneurs the possibility to locate their startup company in Coimbra, at Instituto Pedro Nunes, in Porto, at UPTEC, and in Cascais, at DNA Cascais.
  • Benefits – incentive scheme, business support and technical support
    All incubatees will have access to 50.000 € to work on prototype, product or service development, IPR management and protection. They will also benefit from 80 hours of technical support and business incubation support.
  • Application
    To benefit from the support provided by ESA BIC Portugal in the transfer and application of space technology to non-space markets, entrepreneurs must apply for the Permanent Open Call. Successful applicants may become incubatees in one of the ESA BIC Portugal locations!
PARTNERS
The European Space Agency is an international organisation with 19 Member States whose 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. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. Its job is to draw up the European space programme and carry it through. ESA's programmes are designed to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our Solar System and the Universe, as well as to develop satellite-based technologies and services, and to promote European industries.
ESA's Technology Transfer Programme Office (TTPO) supports technology transfer initiatives in certain ESA Member States through the National Technology Transfer Network Initiative (NTTI). National initiatives focus on their respective countries and facilitate transfers by matching requests for specialised technologies from the national non-space sector with technology descriptions provided by the national space industry. The NTTI also addresses the need for funding and other support and may involve local companies to provide this.
The main mission of the FCT Space Office is to fully explore the benefits of the Portuguese participation in European space programmes, particularly in ESA space programmes.

In order to fulfill its mission the FCT Space Office is set to:
  • Monitor the participation of Portuguese academia and industry in European and international space programmes while providing recommendations relevant to the implementation of national scientific and technological initiatives and programmes;
  • Contribute to the maintenance of a level of national contribution to ESA and to other international organizations commensurate with the ambitions and capacities of the scientific and industrial communities in line with the policies established for the space domain;
  • Explore the synergies established with other international organizations of which Portugal is a member and, simultaneously, promote bidirectional technology transfer to other economic activity sectors;
  • Promote the visibility and competitiveness of the Portuguese space sector alongside the main European and international partners;
  • Act as the Industrial Liaison Office, promoting the participation of the national industry in the technological activities of the major International Scientific Organizations of which Portugal is a member state (such as ESA, CERN, ESO and ESRF).
Instituto Pedro Nunes – Association for Innovation and R&D in Science and Technology is a non-profit private organization founded in 1991. IPN is a leading incubator and technology transfer institute in the Portuguese innovation ecosystem. It promotes innovation and technology transfer, being the main link between the University of Coimbra and the business sector. IPN’s work also encompasses R&TD in partnerships with companies, specialized training, dissemination of scientific and technological knowledge and support to start-up and spin-off tech companies, as well as advanced services on Intellectual Property (training, pre-diagnosis, patentability analysis and patent request preparation, support to negotiation and management of intellectual assets).

So far, the activity of technology transfer spanned across multiple areas (health,…), having participated in more than 200 R&TD projects in consortia or contracts, carried out dozens of technology transfer contracts, some leading to patented products, for more than 200 companies.
Through its business incubator, created in 1996, IPN has supported the creation and development of more than 180 technology and/or innovation-based projects with nationally and internationally distinguished results. The IPN incubator has actually won the “Best Science-based Incubator Award”, a worldwide contest organized by Technopolicy Network.

In the space sector, IPN has incubated some of the leading Portuguese space firms, such as Critical Software and Active Space Technologies, and has R&TD projects with major Portuguese players, for example EFACEC or Amorim Cork Composites.

At international level, IPN actively participates in the international networks EARTO (European Association of Research and Technological Organizations), TII (European Association for the Transfer of Technologies) and EBN (European Business Network), being an EBN accredited BIC.
DNA Cascais is a non-profit organization, named Agência DNA Cascais -Cascais, um Concelho Empreendedor (Cascais, an Entrepreneurial Municipality).

DNA Cascais aims to contribute, using every adequate mean, for the promotion, incentive and development of entrepreneurship in general, especially focused on promoting social and young entrepreneurship in Cascais.
DNA Cascais acts mainly on developing skills and knowledge, by promoting and stimulating creativity and innovation, in an entrepreneurial environment. Below are some of the activities pertaining to this end: a) Business Incubators; b) Ideas Bank; c) Time bank, to support entrepreneurship; d) Ideas Contests on entrepreneurship; e) Business Angels Club; f) Interim management clinics; g) Societies or venture capital funds aimed at entrepreneurship; h) organizing national and international seminars, conferences, field trips and similar events; i) Professional internship programmes, in Portugal and abroad; j) Elaboration of studies and publications; k) international interchange of entrepreneurial information; l) Promoting information and training events on entrepreneurship; m) joining or collaborating with other national or international organizations pursuing the same objectives; n) organizing or collaborating with other activities related to the goal.
UPTEC - Science and Technology Park of University of Porto is a fundamental structure of support knowledge transfer between the university and the market, created to sustain the University of Porto’s third mission - the social and economic leverage of its generated knowledge.
By fostering the creation of technological, scientific and creative based companies and attracting national and international innovation centers, UPTEC contributes in a sustainable way to the growth of the North Region of Portugal. UPTEC is divided into thematic centers - Technologies, Creative Industries, Biotechnology and Sea. This allows it to follow a strategy of clustering and sharing of resources between startups, innovation centers and anchor projects, offering them the specific support they actually need, while assuring that they also benefit from a broader and transversal network of national and international partners and mentors.

After eight years of activity, UPTEC has supported more than 370 business ideas in areas as diverse as Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production, Security, Energy, Health, Food, Biotechnology, Information Technology, Publishing, Film, Architecture, Music, Design.