Applications are accepted all year round for both ESA BIC Ireland and ESA Spark Funding, with 3 call deadlines each year.
The next call closing date is Monday, February 26, 2024.
Receive up to €50,000 in non-dilutable funding to support your business
Receive business development support and advice
Receive desk space at one of the Consortium Partners' facilities
Participate in workshops, seminars and training courses tailored specifically for ESA Space Solutions Ireland companies
Build credibility through an association with the ESA and Enterprise Ireland brands
Become an active player in the ESA BIC-wide network, which operate across ESA member states
The Athlone-based Midlands Innovation and Research Centre (MIRC) at Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) – a location of ESA Space Solutions Centre Ireland – provides incubation, technology transfer and business development supports to knowledge-based start-ups and makes available the resources and expertise of TUS to support client companies.
Irish Companies Supported
Amount of Investment Raised
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"ESA BIC Ireland has been extremely supportive of our business since we entered the programme. We are provided with numerous networking opportunities and alerted about all activities at EU level. ESA BIC Ireland provides us with peace of mind that we have the right level of support at our disposal to enable us to turn our solution into a successful business in Europe and beyond."
"We would recommend applying to be part of ESA BIC Ireland to any Irish startup powered by remote sensing technologies. It gives you access to a fantastic network of like-minded startups in the space and regular events and updates curated by Peter Finnegan have created a supportive and innovative ecosystem."
"We have great admiration for ESA and all things space related. As an innovation & technology focused company, being a part of Europe’s elite innovators is a great benefit to us. The support of ESA BIC Ireland has also added great credibility to our business, which has been critical in helping our company raise equity investment. In Ireland, it is very difficult to raise any form of funding and traction when you are an early-stage hardware innovator. ESA BIC Ireland is one of the only supports out there to help ambitious innovative companies get the funding, endorsements, support and credibility that they so badly need."
"DCI’s engagement with ESA BIC Ireland has seen a positive influence on our business and drive to move our project forward. Recognition as a leading company has improved our customer experience and given us valuable access to the space community."
“ESA BIC Ireland was a big step forward for our company. Using the funding provided, we fully immersed ourselves into the space sector. This opened up so many more doors for us, which included partnerships with international companies, involvement in big international projects and further funding opportunities. ESA BIC Ireland had a very positive effect on our company development.”
"GeoAerospace joined ESA BIC Ireland in mid-2020 and the team at Tyndall and Enterprise Ireland has supported GeoAerospace in rapidly developing and forging connections across a powerful network of companies, which otherwise could have taken much longer to foster. In what was undoubtedly one of the more challenging years in recent times to conduct business as a start-up, ESA BIC Ireland provided us with valuable support in terms of regular workshops and events, which were held online throughout the year. We very look forward to expanding on these relationships during the remainder of our time in ESA BIC Ireland."
"Being a part of ESA BIC Ireland has brought great credibility to our company when we approach customers in Central Europe. We are very grateful to be a part of this network, and know that the resources available through ESA BIC have given our start-up the boost it needed to secure private investor funding."
"I would recommend the ESA BIC incubation programme to anyone who is at that early stage of their company's development where they are pre-revenue and need the supports to better understand their markets, while developing their product. ESA-BIC provided great support during PixQuanta’s project and created recognition of the company through its association with the ESA brand."
"It has been very beneficial for waytoB to work with the team on the ESA BIC programme. We have received both technical and business support to help us define and achieve our company goals. We are delighted to be a part of this programme and cannot wait to see what we will have achieved by the end of it!"