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ESA BIC Hessen & Baden-Württemberg

ESA BIC Hessen & Baden-Württemberg with its Darmstadt site is located in the direct vicinity of ESOC
ESA BIC Hessen & Baden-Württemberg with its Darmstadt site is located in the direct vicinity of ESOC

The ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Hessen & Baden-Württemberg was founded initially in Hessen as ESA BIC Darmstadt in 2007 and is managed by Centrum für Satellitennavigation Hessen (cesah).

In 2018 the centre was enlarged to include two new incubation locations in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, in Reutlingen and in Friedrichshafen area.

The centre 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.

Your contact person: Dr. Frank Zimmermann


ESA BIC Hessen & Baden-Württemberg
Dr. Frank Zimmermann, Managing Director
Centrum für Satellitennavigation Hessen GmbH
Robert-Bosch-Strasse 7
D-64293 Darmstadt, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)6151 3921561-2
Fax: +49 (0)6151 3921561-9
Mobile: +49 (0) 162 275 2327

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

How to apply

  • 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.

Wish to join the ESA BIC Hessen & Baden-Württemberg?

Click to read more and how to apply in Hessen and in Baden-Württemberg.

ESA BIC Hessen & Baden-Württemberg with its Darmstadt site is located next to ESOC, the ESA European Space Operations Centre controlling the smooth working of spacecraft in orbit. In addition to the expertise in operation of spacecraft, ESOC also have more than 15 years of experience in processing and refining of satellite navigation data, including Galileo, GPS and GLONASS.

It runs the International GNSS service (IGS), as well as a worldwide network of satellite ground stations and databases. The key factor to success for the start-ups hosted at ESA BIC Hessen & Baden-Württemberg is the provision of technical support through a network of ESA experts and the cesah shareholders in close collaboration with regional and international partners.

Our current and former start-up companies

Many entrepreneurs and start-up companies have been or are being nurtured at the business incubation centre. For a complete list see Members and Alumni on the right navigation bar.

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