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 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. 

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  • Incentive Funding up to 50 000 EURO for product development and IPR
  • Technical support up to 80h expert advice
  • Business development support & mentoring by experts up to 50h
  • Financial and Administrative support (office space)
  • Legal consulting up to 10h
  • The right of use of ESA BIC brand
  • Access to the international network of ESA BICs community


  • Start-ups based on an innovative idea using space technologies, data and assets
  • Legal Polish entities
  • SME status
  • Company not older than 5 years (the applicant does not need to have a registered company)

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

  • promotion
  • scouting
  • start-up selection
  • financing
  • management
  • reporting
  • creating an ecosystem around incubated start-ups
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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.