From zero to space hero with ESA Business Incubation Center Estonia

This first year has proved that Estonia is a valuable member of the European space community.

“Six high-tech companies with global potential have already joined the incubation during the first year. They have created 19 new jobs and show good growth in turnover," explains ESA BIC Estonia manager and Tartu Science Park board member Andrus Kurvits.

The fact that ESA BIC Estonia has achieved one-third of the 5-year year goal in less than a year, shows that the several studies and technology audits which demonstrated the country’s exceptional space capabilities and the potential for developing services and applications from space-related technologies have been right.

We thank our cooperation partners, supporters and ambitious incubatees for this amazing first year. With your support and endowment, we will achieve much more in 5 years!

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Incubatee highlights

Spaceit - made a maine stage pitch at Artic15 and their mission control software solution users can choose StellarStation as a ready-made ground station network.

Golbriak Space - 2017 winner of Copernicus Masters Award, 2018 winner of INNOspace Masters Airbus challenge and a satellite launch is scheduled in June 2019

Powerup Fuel Cells - winner of Å Pitch competition at theSHIFT and in progress of negotiations with ESA to use their patent portfolio. They have also launched a design contest for their solution.

Hepta Group - drone testing in BCN Drone Center and SESAR U-space demonstrations to showcase the readiness of U-space services to manage a broad range of drone operations and related services and their interaction with manned aviation.

CrystalSpace - has developed a prototype soon to be tested in Germany and gained valuable contacts at Industry Space Days in Noordwijk

KappaZeta - signed a long-term contract with Estonian Paying agency to build the first nation-wide grassland mowing detection system and launched pilots in Denmark and Sweden.

Read more: ESA business incubation centre Estonia newsletter

In Tallinn incubation services are provided by the Tehnopol Science Park, and the City of Tallinn provides funding for prototyping.