ESA Space Solutions

ESA Business Incubation Centre in Portugal is looking for you 



ESA BIC PORTUGALWe’re looking for teams, or startups up to 5 years old, to use space technologies on non-space innovative solutions, or exploit non-space technology in the space market

ESA BIC Portugal, coordinated by IPN – Instituto Pedro Nunes, is part of a network of 29 ESA BICs across Europe, which were established to empower entrepreneurship and to allow local economies to benefit from space data and technologies.

ESA BIC Portugal was launched in 2014 to offer technical, business and financial support to startups that use space technology for terrestrial applications. Up to date, ESA BIC Portugal has supported 58 startups, which were responsible for the creation of more than 150 jobs. In 2020, to further empower the Portuguese space ecosystem, more technology based incubators joined the programme, so that more Regions in the country can host ESA BIC Portugal startups.

ESA BIC Portugal has been supported by ESA Space Solutions, as well as by the Portuguese Space Agency – Portugal Space, and ANACOM.

BenefitsWhat are the
benefits of programme

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€50k non-equity funding
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Networking for startups
Door opener to international investors
technical support
Technical support (up to 80 hours)
business development
Business development support & advice up to two years
Exclusive events

10 March
09 June
10 September

Next application dates

FaqsWho is eligible
for this application

Start-ups based on innovative technology driven ideas

Space or non-space companies (including SMEs)

Citizens from an ESA membership country and resident in Portugal

Citizens from non-ESA member states with a working permit and resident in Portugal

STARTUPSCurrent ESA startups drive innovation and new applications in space technology

ALUMNIESA BIC alumni continue to drive innovation across industries