Science Park Graz has just launched its new space incubation programme in partnership with the European Space Agency!
The ESA Business Incubation Centre in Austria (ESA BIC Austria) will support 50 new start-ups that apply space technology to non-space industrial, scientific and commercial fields (e.g. automotive, environment, health, agriculture, tourism).
With a permanent open call and several selection campaigns during the year, entrepreneurs, researchers and companies up to 5 years old are invited to apply for ESA BIC Austria. The next deadline will be by the end of February 2017!
ESA BIC Austria is managed and operated by Science Park Graz and its start-ups can be hosted either at Science Park Graz or at accent Gründerservice’s incubator in Wiener Neustadt.and. The regional governments of the State of Styria and the State of Lower Austria, the City of Graz, Graz University of Technology and other universities within the region are ESA BIC Austria partners.
ESA BIC Austria is part of a network across 16 ESA Business Incubation Centres that provide comprehensive commercial and technical assistance to entrepreneurs, researchers and companies that apply space technology to non-space industrial, scientific and commercial fields. ESA BICs help to create viable businesses and new jobs by providing support to more than 130 companies every year in Europe!
In Austria, the offer in space applications programmes goes beyond ESA BIC Austria for the Science Park Graz also manages the ESA IAP Ambassador Platform, which assists companies in the development of new space-based services and facilitates the entry into ESA’s ARTES Applications programmes. These programmes provide funding for the development of commercially oriented downstream applications up to market validation. Science Park Graz will soon launch an Open Call targeting Austrian entities to facilitate the initial engagement into ESA ARTES Applications programmes, named Small ARTES Applications.
At the ESA BIC Austria Press Conference: Mayor of the City of Graz Siegfried Nagl, Member of the Styria Regional Government Christian Buchmann, Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology Jörg Leichtfried und ESA Director General Johann-Dietrich Wörner
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