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ESA Space Solutions Ireland was established in 2016 and is headquartered in Tyndall National Institute, a leading European research centre in integrated ICT (Information and Communications Technology) hardware and systems.

ESA Space Solutions  Ireland is part of the largest space innovation network in the world. Across ESA Member States the ESA Space Solutions network is supporting European start-ups and SMEs to develop businesses using space technology and data.​ It does this by providing funding, business and technical support to help generate successful businesses and create sustainable jobs.As a constituent member of this network ESA Space Solutions Ireland is the go-to place for great businesses that use space to improve everyday life. 

Space is an industry sector of growing importance in Ireland as reflected by the publication of the National Space Strategy for Enterprise 2019-2025 in June 2019. The space sector offers a plethora of commercial opportunities to Irish companies, with significant supports now being targeted at those developing downstream or terrestrial applications.

At ESA Space Solutions Ireland we are supporting Irish companies (start ups and established companies) through a range of different initiatives, namely:

  • ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Ireland
  • ESA Spark Funding

ESA Space Solutions Ireland is composed of four Consortium Partners. These are the Tyndall National Institute (Lead Partner), Maynooth University, Technological University of the Shannon and University College Dublin.

Our local partner is Enterprise Ireland, which acts as the contact point for Ireland’s National Delegation to ESA along with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

ESA Space Solutions is the go-to-place for great business ideas involving space in all areas of society and economy. Our mission is to support entrepreneurs in Europe in the development of business using satellite applications and space technology to improve everyday life. Our programme is designed to provide multiple entry points such as ESA Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs), ESA Technology Broker Network, and ESA Business Applications programme. Funding typically ranges from 50KEuro to 2MEuro and supports everything from space technology transfer, early stage incubation programs, Feasibility Studies to large-scale Demonstration Projects.