ESA Business Incubation Centres
ESA BIC Darmstadt
ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Darmstadt is located in the direct vicinity of the European Space Operations Centre, ESOC.
Considering the long-standing expertise of ESA’s Navigation Office and its contracting companies in the field of satellite navigation the Agency decided, under its business incubation initiative, together with the regional government of Hessen, Germany, to establish a business incubation centre for Galileo-related navigation applications: the Centrum für Satellitennavigation Hessen GmbH (cesah).
The centre has teamed up with renowned research institutions, IT and consultancy firms, and key Galileo-user industries, all located in the Rhine-Main metropolitan area.
Studies have shown that Galileo, Europe’s future satellite navigation system, will help to develop an enormous global market for highly accurate navigation and positioning solutions.
ESA BIC Darmstadt offers business start-up support as well as technical expertise in different space related areas, and in particular in satellite navigation, data systems, software systems and navigation test environments.
Managing ESA BIC Darmstadt
A major focus with regard to opening up new areas of application is in the field of transport - aviation, maritime navigation, road and rail traffic - but also in geodesy and agriculture.
An accurate position determination using using satellite navigation is just as important as providing a high-precision time measurement which can be used for synchronization of telecommunication networks, measuring energy workload of power suppliers, accurate timing of complex transactions in the banking, finance and insurance industry.
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ESA BIC Darmstadt: members and alumni
Since ESA BIC Darmstadt was established in 2006 many entrepreneurs and start-up companies have been or are being nurtured at this business incubation centre.
For a complete list see Members and Alumni on the right navigation bar.
How to apply
ESA BIC Darmstadt has issued a call for proposals for applications.
The application as well as all contractual documents must be submitted in English due to the international nature of this call. The ESOC-specific application forms and the draft incubation contract are available upon request from cesah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The complete proposal, together with all supporting documents, should be submitted electronically and by mail to:
ESA Business Incubation Centre Darmstadt
cesah GmbH Centrum für Satellitennavigation Hessen
Last update: 12 May 2013