Your business powered by space

The ESA Business Incubation Centre United Kingdom (ESA BIC UK) is part of ESA Space Solutions and provides start-ups with technical expertise and facilities, business support, networking, office space and funding needed to overcome innovation challenges and accelerate business growth.

Part of ESA’s thriving Europe-wide network of Business Incubation Centres, the ESA BIC UK is managed by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and draws on both organisations’ outstanding track record in business incubation – providing a unique environment perfectly engineered to accelerate innovation and unlock commercial potential. Each year we support start-ups working in sectors including aerospace, healthcare, energy, agriculture and digital technology.

About us

Our Benefits

Business development, support & advice

Unique technical support & expertise

Located at a world leading science & innovation campus

£43,103 Funding

Office space & shared facilities

International networks of industry players, research institutes and universities

Who can apply?

  • UK Registered companies, including at least one company members located in the UK.

  • New or existing companies less than 5 years old.

  • Demonstrable space connection

  • Viable business plan


To apply for the ESA BIC UK, you must have a strong and innovative space connection. Applicants need to be a new or existing UK registered company (less than 5 years old) and have at least one company members located in the UK.

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Application Deadlines

  • 3 March 2024 and 1 September 2024

Upcoming Event

6 Mar 24

Cosmic Coffee – Business and the Space Economy


Cosmic Coffee is Space Park Leicester’s community networking event sponsored by the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre.

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