Who we can help

Whatever your business vision, whatever sector you’re targeting and whatever the innovation you’re passionate about developing, we can help rocket your start-up into a thriving, growing business.

Each year we accept up to 10 new start-ups into the ESA BIC Harwell, with our incubatees applying space technology in sectors such as healthcare, energy, sports analysis, big data, industrial inspection and digital technology.

Am I eligible?
You can apply to the ESA BIC Harwell programme if:
  • Your idea involves the transfer of space technology and/or the utilisation of a space system in a non-space environment, or the development of commercial hardware for use in space
  • You understand what IP is needed to help implement your idea and ideally have access to it
  • Your company is a young start-up which has been registered in the UK for less than five years
  • You’ve got an innovative, technology-driven idea ready for, or at an early stage of, commercial development


Read examples of how we have helped companies (link opens in a new window) (link opens in a new window)

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The ESA BIC Harwell has an open call for proposals, which means that applications can be submitted at any time.
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