The European Space Agency has since 2003 initiated 22 Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs) all over Europa to inspire and work with entrepreneurs to turn space-connected business ideas into commercial startup companies.
This has proven to be a very successful initiative. Over 700 startups have been fostered throughout Europe with thousands of new high tech jobs created thanks to the applications of space systems, the valorization of ESA intellectual properties and the space technologies transfers - and more than 180 new startups are taken in yearly at the ESA BICs.
At Aarhus University we want to make the best space entrepreneurs in the world. This we do by making our students work in interdisciplinary projects like DISCO and by helping them in turning their ideas and inventions into successful businesses at The Kitchen.
So far, we are supporting 4 ESA BIC startups:
A startup that develops and operate drone systems for offshore operations. Be it shipping, off-shore rigs, or wind turbines. UPTEKO’s marine-grade, multi-purpose, long-endurance drones are compatible and ever ready to take completely automated missions to inspect, secure, guide, and safeguard operations of any maritime industry.
A startup that has spun out of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and offers a platform designed for satellite data analysis, designed for scale, speed, and agility. The underlying technology and services are customized to comply to the requirements of innovative enterprises with the goal of delivering extraordinary business value.
Has developed a wheel frame chassis that allows you to drive your mobile robot around where normal mobile robots would get stuck. Their wheel frame can even perform a full 360-degree turn on a 30% sloping surface if needed.
MONTEM develops intelligent infrastructure for different sectors on municipality and national levels. They specialize in developing research-based, high resolution and low-power sensor networks for digitalizing existing infrastructure.
You can find more information at esabic.dk.