The ESA Business Incubation Centre Northern Germany (ESA BIC NG) is the new flagship project for the aeronautics and space industries sector in Bremen. The space incubator – part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) network of 29 centres across Europe – is set to take on 15 startups from Bremen and a further 15 from other federal states in northern Germany by 2021. The ESA BIC NG will provide the startups with 24 months of support to help them to establish their businesses.
“The New Space movement has huge commercial potential, especially in Bremen. The ESA BIC NG facilitates the sharing of knowledge between the research community and business,” says Thorsten Rudolph, CEO, AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen. The ESA BIC NG will be jointly established and operated by AZO, AVIASPACE BREMEN e.V. and BAB – the development bank for Bremen and Bremerhaven – as the initiator of the Starthaus initiative.
PlanBlue is the first startup to enter the incubator. The Bremen-based company has developed an intelligent underwater camera with self-learning software based on satellite technology that offers new ways of mapping and monitoring the ocean floor.
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