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Estonia became a full member of European Space Agency (ESA) on September 1st, 2015. Two years later we welcome the opportunity to launch ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Estonia with incubation offices in Tartu and Tallinn.
ESA BIC Estonia is part of the Europe-wide ESA BIC network, offering access to ESA expertise, knowledge and data, laboratory and testing facilities of the participating universities and hands on business development support from the Incubation Centre teams. We aim to remain the most advanced digital society in the world and launch new startups in the field of European space technology.
Therefore ESA, together with the Estonian Space Office and various local stakeholders, set up ESA BIC Estonia, the 17th ESA Business Incubation Centre in Europe and the first one in the Baltic States. The implementation and the ongoing management of the Estonian incubation centre is led by Tartu Science Park in cooperation with Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol and six other consortium partners. The physical location of the ESA BIC activities will thus be in two major cities of Estonia, Tallinn and Tartu.
ESA BIC Estonia helps to transfer technology from space to non-space applications and supports 20 Estonian startups over 5 years to develop products for terrestrial use.
ESA BIC Estonia Consortium consists of eight partners: Tartu Science Park, Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol, City of Tartu, City of Tallinn, University of Tartu, Tallinn University of Technology, Tartu Observatory, and Kredex.
Tartu Science Park was founded in 1992 as the first of its kind in the Baltic States. Its goal as an innovation support structure is to support the creation, development and operation of research and technology intensive enterprises, providing infrastructure and business development services in Southern Estonia. Among other services Tartu Science Park offers technology transfer and business incubation services.
Tehnopol is the biggest tech hub in the Baltics. Founded in 2003 by the Republic of Estonia, City of Tallinn and Tallinn University of Technology. The aim is to boost an advanced technology-based entrepreneurship in Estonia, bring scientists and entrepreneurs together and provide suitable conditions and a suitable environment for the realization of breakthrough business ideas.
Tartu Observatory (TO) is the leading centre of space research and technology in Estonia, with over 200 years of experience in space research. TO offers full complex of modern research centre with telescopes for ast ronomical observations andlaboratories for space technology, instrument calibration and testing. The laboratories include special electrostatic discharge (ESD) safe areas, cleanroom and anechoic environment. All laboratories include automatic control for ambient temperature and humidity conditions.
The University of Tartu is Estonia’s leading centre of research, development and training. It is the only university in the Baltics in the top 2% of the world’s best universities. It belongs to the top 1% of the world’s most-cited universities and research institutions in 10 fields. UT works with International Corporations such as Samsung, Borkraft, Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy, The Linde Group, Nordkalk, Pfizer, Jordan Oil Shale Energy Co., and others . UT provides access to more than 1,500 UT academic staff consultancies from over 40 departments.
Tallinn University of Technology, the only technological university in Estonia, is the flagship of Estonian engineering and technology education. Innovation and Business Center Mektory is a networking environment where businesses, students, professors and investors from many countries meet to generate new ideas and innovation together as one team. The University collaborates with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Ericsson, ERGO Insurance SE, European Spallation Source ERIC, International Atomic Energy Agency, The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd, Marine Informative Service MARIS BV etc. The student satellite programme provides practical know-how and experience in engineering and space technology industries, while also receiving credits in their study period.
Tartu is Estonia’s leading centre of education and research. There are 11 higher education institutions in the city, with a total of nearly 20,000 students, conducting internationally recognized research and providing world-class research-based higher education. For example, the University of Tartu, founded in 1632, is one of the oldest universities in North-Eastern Europe and is ranked in the top 2% of the world’s best universities.
Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is part of the economically stable Nordic area. Tallinn offers a business-friendly environmen which is supported by a simple, unique and stable flat-rate tax system which encourages long-term value creation.
Tallinn´s e-services and Internet applications are among the most progressive in the world. Estonia has one of the highest levels of Internet freedom in the world. It is also one of the world’s leading countries when it comes to the use and availability of the Internet and online services.
Kredex is a legally independent foundation under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications founded in 2001. Kredex operates in accordance with insurance and banking principles offering to enterprises guarantees with state guarantee, loans, venture capital and credit insurance.