Next Cut Off date

for startup selection

7th June, 2024 



The ESA Business Incubation Centre Padua

is an initiative powered by the European Space Agency and provides start-ups with technical expertise and facilities, business support, networking, office space and funding needed to help and accelerate their business growth.

Part of ESA’s successful European network of Business Incubation Centres, ESA BIC Padua is managed by Officina Stellare SpA, a leading name worldwide for its capacity to design and manufacture of high technology opto-mechanical system instrumentation for the Aerospace, Scientific Research and Defense-related end-markets.

ESA BIC Padua aims to provide startups with a unique environment to accelerate innovation and unlock their commercial potential.

Who Can Apply?

•Companies registered in Italy

• New or existing companies less than 5 years old

• The startups must have a space-related, verifiable business and a viable Business Plan

When to apply?

The ESA BIC Open Call for Applications is permanently open.
The selection and evaluation of applications are scheduled periodically with deadlines published on this website.

PLEASE NOTE: we strongly suggest you contact us in advance to introduce your business idea and receive all information about the incubation program.

How to Apply?

To apply to the Open Call, download and read the ESA BIC Padua Application Package.

Complete your application by filling in the following documents:

Submit your application within the deadline through the Application Form.

PLEASE NOTE: remember to specify the Node you are applying for, Padua

About the Program

The ESA BIC Startups incubation program lasts 2 years and includes:

Up to 50K Euro zero-equity funding provided By ESA and ESA BIC Padua partners. 

80 hours of Technical coaching

50 hours Management/Business coaching
10 hours IPR/Legal Services

Access to a broad network of corporate, research partners, investors

Access to the international ESA Commercialization Gateway community and SBIC alumni network

Exclusive access to national and international events; workshops, masterclasses and training sessions.


The Largest Incubation Network in Europe

ESA Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs) are the largest network of incubators supporting space related start-ups in Europe. The objective is to support entrepreneurs with a space-based business idea and help them developing their product while getting their company off the ground. In the process, they create and grow clusters of space-related start-ups across Europe.

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