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ESA BIC Nord France

The ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Nord France opened in June 2018 and is managed by Ouest BIC Technopoles, in association with ASTech Paris Region Cluster and the CNES. 

Ouest BIC Technopole is an association of Technopoles and BIC (Business Innovation Center) of Pays de la Loire and Brittany regions.  ASTech Paris Region is the aerospace competitiveness cluster located in Île-de-France

With the objective to form a strong centre in north France to promote the creation of companies based on the transfer of technologies from the space sector to other economic sectors, and on the development of services and applications derived from space technologies, Ouest BIC Technopoles and ASTech Paris Region formed a consortium of partners joining expertise from across six French regions.

ESA BIC Nord France six partners: Top from left: Technopole Brest-Iroise, Atlanpole and ACCET Val d'Oise Technopole. Below from left: EuraTechnologies, Technopole of Aube in Champagne and Normandy Incubation.
ESA BIC Nord France six partners: Top from left: Technopole Brest-Iroise, Atlanpole and ACCET Val d'Oise Technopole. Below from left: EuraTechnologies, Technopole of Aube in Champagne and Normandy Incubation.

The ESA Business Incubation Centre Nord France consortium includes partners in six northern French regions: Technopole Brest-Iroise in Brest in the Brittany region, Atlanpole in Nantes in the Pays de la Loire Region, ACCET Val d'Oise Technopole in Paris in the Île-de-France region, EuraTechnologies in Lille in the Hauts-de-France region, Technopole of Aube in Champagne in Troyes in the Grand Est region and Normandy Incubation in Caen in the Normandy region.

Together they bring access to a dense network of partners covering a broad spectrum of industrial, technical and financial skills across the six regions.


ESA BIC Nord France Consortium joined expertise

The six regions of ESA BIC Nord France host a substantial part of the activities related to the space sector in France, examples are:

  • VIGISAT, the first French collaborative station of the SENTINEL-1 satellite operated by CLS Brest
  • Cersat IFREMER Center de Brest hosting a multi-mission ESA network node data centre for the archiving, processing and validation of data from on-board satellite sensors
  • Brittany Remote Sensing Group bringing together academic excellence in remote sensing with Institut Télécom Atlantique, Universities of Brest, Rennes 1 & 2 and Nantes, Ifremer, Météo France, Agrocampus, Université Bretagne Sud and CEREMA
  • CMS Lannion Space Weather Center mastering the entire value chain of satellite data for continental and marine meteorology
  • The MORESPACE and Seine ESPACE boosters, respectively worn by the Mer Bretagne Atlantique and ASTech Paris Region competitiveness clusters, both also Copernicus Relays
  • Technopoles and incubators recognized for the quality of their support: Anticipa Lannion, Rennes Atalante, Alsace Innovation, Incuballiance and Angers Technopole
  • Many manufacturers including CLS, Airbus Safran Launchers and Dassault Aviation
  • The Regional Service of Image Processing and Remote Sensing (Sertit) in Strasbourg, with support tool for satellite image supply and  Copernicus


Your ESA BIC Nord France contact persons are: Samuel BACHELOT or Nicolas BELLEC


ESA BIC Nord France
email Samuel Bachelot :
email Nicolas Bellec :
Tel: +33 (0)2 40 25 13 13

Wish to join an ESA BIC?

  • Your idea must be based on space-related technology, expertise and/or application and target the non-space market
  • Your company must not be older than five years or you are going to start a new company
  • Your company has to be located at and managed from your preferred ESA BIC


Join the ESA BIC by five steps

  • Choose ESA BIC where you wish to locate your business
  • Contact the ESA BIC manager (email to: )
  • Download the Permanent Open Call for Proposal for your application guidance
  • Download and fill in the Application Template
  • Send your signed and completed application files to the ESA BIC manager.


The Open Call for Proposal is under preparation and should be launched in October 2018

Why ESA BIC Nord France?

ESA BIC Nord France proposes a strong support structure with its six partners, not acting alone but rather a common force with all partners supporting all projects. The selected companies will have access to :

  • personalized assistance offered by the referent support structure (i.e. professional business guidance)
  • training and services provided by partners
  • the opportunity to be welcomed and supported in business appointments in others region
  • strong technical support of the French space agency CNES
  • a support customized by clusters for the international, the financial engineering and the search for partners
  • agreements with financiers to obtain financing

Our current and former start-up companies

Since the ESA BIC Nord France was established in June 2018 entrepreneurs and start-up companies are to be selected. A list of start-up will be provided later.

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