ESA BIC Sud France
ESA BIC Sud France, founded in 2013, is a business incubator that allows to promote entrepreneurship based on technology transfer from the spatial domain to other domains and the development of services and applications from space technologies.
The ESA BIC were born from an initiative of the European Space Agency to facilitate business creation around the space in Europe. Today, 9 ESA BICs are active or about to start, two in Belgium, two in Germany, one in France, one in the UK, one in Italy, one in the Netherlands and one in Spain.
The principle of ESA BIC is to provide project holders a number of ways to carry out their goals. These resources are distributed over a period of two years as follows:
- Access to grants (up to 50 000 euros, half of which comes from the ESA)
- Access to bank loans (up to 50 000 euros)
- Access to equipped facilities
- Access to technical support (the incubated have 80 hours support by CNES experts)