ESA Business Incubation Centre in Portugal is looking for teams, or startups up to 5 years old, to use space technologies on non-space innovative solutions, or exploitation non-space technology in the space market

ESA BIC Portugal, coordinated by IPN – Instituto Pedro Nunes , is part of a network of 21 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 30 startups, which were responsible for the creation of more than 100 jobs.

In 2020, to further empower the Portuguese space ecosystem, more technology based incubators joined the programe, 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.

How to Apply

What are the benefits


€50k non-equity funding

networking startups

Networking for startups

international investors

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

Who is elegible

  • Start-ups based on innovative technology driven ideas;
  • Legal Portuguese entities;
  • Space or non-space companies (including SMEs);
  • Academic and research organizations;
  • Citizens from an ESA membership country and resident in Portugal;
  • Citizens from non-ESA member states with a working permit and resident in Portugal

Document and Templates

ESA BIC PT BAP Cover Letter, Requirements Checklist, Space Connection, Executive Summary

ESA BIC PT BAP Incubation Proposal

ESA BIC PT BAP Tables & Figures

ESA BIC PT Draft Tenancy Agreement

Respetivo nome e link para Incubadas



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