ESA BIC Bavaria and ESA BIC Northern Germany launch new partnership with Dassault Systèmes

The European Space Agency (ESA) Business Incubation Centres (BIC) Bavaria and ESA BIC Northern Germany are pleased to announce a new partnership with leading international scientific company and software developer, Dassault Systèmes. This agreement will offer ESA BIC incubatees a vast variety of licensed programmes and online services as well as networking activities.

Oberpfaffenhofen, 25 January 2022 – ESA BIC Bavaria, ESA BIC Northern Germany and Dassault Systèmes are proud to announce today the signature of a new collaboration agreement. The ESA BIC incubation programme is part of the biggest space innovation network in the world and provides comprehensive support for young entrepreneurs like equity-free financing, research, mentoring, and development.

ESA BIC Bavaria and ESA BIC Northern Germany are committed to promote pioneering companies with disruptive products and digital businesses in areas like robotics, health tech, mobility, automotive, aviation, or satellites and can support them all the way through to market entry if needed. The programme is managed by international networking and innovation support company, AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen, with first-class partners, like the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Airbus Defence & Space, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS and KSK München-Starnberg-Ebersberg.

Dassault Systèmes is joining the ESA BIC partner network in Bavaria and Northern Germany as a technical industry partner to foster and accelerate disruptive innovation. In this function, Dassault Systèmes will enrich the programme by offering a broad variety of licensed software applications next to networking and communication opportunities through its 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, an open innovation laboratory and accelerator program.

Thorsten Rudolph, CEO of AZO, which manages ESA BIC Bavaria and ESA BIC Northern Germany, comments: “We are delighted to welcome Dassault Systèmes to our global network as an important technical industry partner and are pleased to highlight the great opportunities and benefits that this collaboration will bring for our incubating startups. This addition is another great step in enriching our partner network to inspire new solutions. AZO is committed to advancing innovation by bringing together industry and entrepreneurs and developing unique networking opportunities in the space sector and we will continue to establish sustainable partnerships like this one to provide the best possible steppingstone for young companies.”

“The 3DEXPERIENCE Lab merges collective intelligence with a cross-collaborative approach to foster entrepreneurship, bring new experiences to life and strengthen society’s future of creation,” said Frederic Vacher, Head of Innovation, Dassault Systèmes.  “As part of the ESA BIC partner network, we can extend our support to promising local startups and expand the use of virtual technologies for new space projects.”

About ESA BIC Bavaria

ESA BIC Bavaria promotes companies with disruptive products and digital businesses in areas including but not limited to robotics, mobility, automotive, aviation, and satellites. Since 2004, AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen through its ESA BIC Bavaria has supported more than 200 start-ups with an annual turnover of approximately EUR 160 million in 2020, creating more than 3,300 high-tech jobs in Bavaria and involving upwards of EUR 760 million in investments in 2020. The first ever ESA BIC unicorn was indexed in 2020, coming out of ESA BIC Bavaria. Additionally, two of its alumni had IPOs between 2017 and 2021 – the first of the whole ESA BIC network – now being listed on the German (Frankfurt) and American (NASDAQ) stock exchange. ESA BIC Bavaria is one of the most successful incubation programmes in Europe. For more information, please refer to our website:

About AZO – Your Partner in Competition & Innovation

AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen is an international networking and branding company for the European space programme, supporting entrepreneurship with more than 1100 companies founded in Europe. Over the last 17 years, AZO has established the leading European space cluster innovation network for the satellite downstream market. The Masters Series, presented by AZO, consists of the Galileo MastersCopernicus Masters, and INNOspace Masters. AZO also manages its ESA Business Incubation Centres (ESA BIC) Bavaria and ESA BIC Northern Germany. This incubation programme has supported more than 200 company foundations to date. Since 2014, ESA BIC Bavaria companies were able to collect EUR 1,4 billion in investments (Venture Capital and IPOs). AZO supported companies additionally profit from its very successful business angel network. For more information, please visit

About Dassault Systèmes

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, is a catalyst for human progress. We provide business and people with collaborative 3D virtual environments to imagine sustainable innovations. By creating virtual twin experiences of the real world with our 3DEXPERIENCE platform and applications, our customers push the boundaries of innovation, learning, and production. Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 290,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit

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