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ESA Business Incubation Centres

ESA BIC Flanders

ESA BIC Flanders in Geel

On June 1 2012, ESA opened, together with Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) and the Flemish Government, its seventh ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) in Geel, Belgium. This centre, ESA BIC Flanders, is managed by Innotek, the knowledge centre for innovation and technology in the Province of Antwerp.

Innotek helps knowledge-intensive start-up companies with business development by providing support, counselling and flexible offices and lab space.

Innotek carries out economic development projects, offering a firm seedbed for innovative ideas and contributing to the increase of employment in Belgium’s Flemish region.

As Innotek is not located close to an ESA aerospace centre, it has teamed up with the renowned Flemish research institutions VITO, SCK•CEN and IMEC to act as technical partner for the ESA BIC Flanders.

ESA BIC Flanders’ partners

The scientific expertise of these institutions complement the start-ups’ technical development in the fields of electronics, nanotechnology, telecommunications, navigation systems, nuclear science, bio-engineering, radiology, life science, earth observation, etc.

The Flemish government agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT) and the Flemish Investment Company PMV are the financial partners.

The goal of the ESA BIC Flanders is to start up in a period of four years 10 new enterprises in the region of Flanders that will use innovative technology and know-how for commercial applications, originating from ESA space programmes.

Managing ESA BIC Flanders

ESA BIC Flanders in Mol
The management of ESA BIC Flanders is carried out by Innotek. With more than 20 years of experience in the fields of incubation, innovation and business development support, Innotek has created a network that connects to all relevant actors in Flanders in the field of innovative entrepreneurship.

This network spreads out through its current new business developments and entrepreneurship education activities in Flanders.

Innotek’s incubation activities are hosted in their two technology houses, one in Geel and the other one in Mol. The technology houses provide offices and laboratory space for forward-looking entrepreneurs. Innotek offers the opportunity to be creative: the ‘incubatees’ can focus on their core business, while Innotek takes care of the rest.

For further information, please contact:

Wim Dams
Cipalstraat 3
2440 Geel, Belgium

ESA BIC Flanders

ESA BIC Flanders is now looking for entrepreneurs and start-up companies to join the centre.

How to apply

ESA BIC Flanders

ESA BIC Flanders has a continuous open call for proposals, meaning that applications can be submitted at any time.

Typically four times a year proposals are being evaluated and new companies to join ESA BIC Flanders are selected.

The formal application procedure is explained in the Open Call application and template which can be downloaded from the Documentation section on the right navigation bar and used for the application.

The complete proposal, together with the supporting documentation should be submitted to:

ESA BIC Flanders
Wim Dams
Cipalstraat 3
2440 Geel


Last update: 9 May 2013

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