About us

Set up by ESA in 2011 as part of its thriving Europe-wide BIC network and managed by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) (link opens in a new window), the ESA BIC Harwell draws on both organisation’s outstanding track record in high-tech business incubations – providing a unique environment geared exclusively to accelerating innovation and unlocking your commercial potential.

Based at the world-renowned Harwell (link opens in a new window) science and innovation campus, the ESA BIC Harwell is a place alive with drive, ambition and imagination – the perfect location to get your business off the ground.

Other Business Incubation Centres

ESA BIC Harwell is just one of the networks of Business Incubation Centres across Europe. They all have the purpose to support selected entrepreneurs with comprehensive commercial and technical assistance to help them start-up businesses that apply space technology to non-space industrial, scientific and commercial fields. 




The European Space Agency (ESA) (link opens in a new window) (link opens in a new window) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.



The Satellite Applications Catapult (link opens in a new window) aims to support UK industry in capturing a 10% share of the £400Bn global space market predicted by 2030, by exploiting the innovation potential in the UK industrial and academic communities. 



The UK Space Agency (link opens in a new window) is an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and at the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space. The UKSA leads the UK's civil space programme in order to win sustainable economic growth, secure new scientific knowledge and provide benefits to all citizens. 



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