ESA Business Incubation Centre

The University of Leicester is one of four locations in the UK to host ESA-BIC. We deliver our ESA-BIC on behalf of ESA through the Science & Technology Facilities Council, who have been running a successful BIC in the UK since 2011. The ESA-BIC provides the support and funding for start-up companies to gain a competitive advantage in the Space sector.

Applications to join a UK ESA-BIC is available 3 times a calendar year. The next application round has a deadline of 23rd September 2020. If you are interested in joining the Leicester BIC, please email

Benefits of the Leicester ESA-BIC

Successful applicants to the ESA-BIC at Leicester will receive a tailored business incubation package:

  • Business coaching, technical support from academics, IPR and legal advice and access to office space either at the Leicester Innovation Hub or Space Park Leicester (from Q2 2021):
    • Business coaching will be delivered by Leicester Innovation Hub and the Business School.
    • Technical Support will be supplied by academic staff in our Space science and Earth Observation disciplines at the University.
    • IPR / Legal Advice will be delivered by a Senior Commercialisation Officer.
    • Office facilities: state of the art co-working space will be available to incubatee companies at reduced rates.
  • Incentive payments: factored into the tailored incubation package will be three payments totalling €50,000 to the company. There are rules governing the expenditure.

For more information, please contact or phone Paul Corazzo – ESA BIC Product specialist on 07827 954 567.