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European Space Agency - Business Incubation Centre

European Space Agency - Business Incubation Centre Denmark (ESA BIC DK) is the 21st member of ESA's pan-European network of business incubation centres.

The main objective of the Danish ESA BIC is to create and strengthen communities of successful space related start-ups in Denmark by supporting 40 start-ups during the period of 2020-24. These activities will, thus, contribute significantly to growing clusters of space-based companies in Denmark.

Incubation Hubs

Three ESA BIC DK incubation hubs have been established in the regional hotspots where the potential synergies between R&D, existing industry and high-tech entrepreneurial ecosystems are most promising:

  • Aalborg in the North Denmark Region with the University of Aalborg (AAU) as the ESA BIC DK business incubation partner.
  • Aarhus in the Central Denmark Region with the University of Aarhus (AU) as the ESA BIC DK business incubation partner.
  • Kgs. Lyngby in the Capital Region, where DTU hosts ESA BIC DK management while being the regional business incubation hub for the Capital Region and Region Zealand.

These regional incubation hubs provides a broad geographical support for new space start-ups in Denmark while also facilitating cross-fertilization for these start-ups on a national level.

Each start-up which is accepted into ESA BIC Denmark and associated with a regional ESA BIC incubation hub will be provided with a free-of-charge package of business coaching, technical support and cash incentives during an incubation period of up to two years. The main elements of this package are:
In addition, it is also a key objective for the Danish ESA BIC to create opportunities for cross-fertilization between ESA BIC start-ups on one hand and existing space as well as non-space companies on the other – e.g. by facilitating exchange of technologies between space and non-space sectors and by promoting increased applications of space based services in non-space sectors.

Both of these objectives directly contribute to the realization of the overarching objective in the Danish government’s national space strategy: to increase growth in the private sector.

Events by ESA BIC Denmark



LAUNCHPAD is a 12-day European Space Agency (ESA) BIC DK pre-incubation accelerator summer program for selected entrepreneurs to create moonshot startups using space to benefit earth.

The event takes place on august 10th - 21st 2020 at DTU Skylab in copenhagen


Will we see you there??

For more info go to www.startuplaunchpad.space.

Want to learn more?

If you have any questions regarding ESA BIC, please do not hestitate to contact the ESA BIC Team at AAU:

Gert Spender-Andersen
Senior Business Unit Manager

Trine Reinholt Andersen
Marketing & Communication

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