ESA BIC Poland is joining the network as the 26th ESA BIC. The objective of ESA BIC Poland is to create and strengthen the community of successful space related start-ups in Poland by supporting 35 incubatees over the period of 5 years under the ESA BIC scheme. ESA BIC Poland will be based in two locations – Warsaw and Rzeszow. The branch in Warsaw will support 5 start-ups per year and the branch in Rzeszow 2 start-ups per year. 

ESA Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs) are the largest network of space incubators in Europe. The main objective of ESA BICs is to support entrepreneurs with a space-based business idea, thereby creating and growing clusters of space related start-ups across Europe. All ESA BIC are managed by local champions who connect their ESA BICs to their local industry, universities, research organisations, government, and investor communities, while also maintaining strong regional/national links. This makes the ESA BICs very well embedded in the local communities as well as the place of choice for all space related innovation and business. 

ESA Business Incubation Centres Map
ESA Business Incubation Centres Map

Industrial Development Agency JSC (Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu S.A.) is responsible for implementation and management of ESA BIC Poland. 
ARP tasks in ESA BIC Poland project include:

  • promotion
  • scouting
  • start-up selection
  • financing
  • management
  • reporting
  • creating an ecosystem around incubated start-ups
The incubation process will take place in two voivodships, Mazovia and Subcarpatia, and will be led by The Foundation For Technology Entrepreneurship in Warsaw or Rzeszow Regional Development Agency in Rzeszow.