ESA Space Solutions Centre Ireland

ESA Space Solutions Centre Ireland
the space you need to get your business off the ground


ESA Space Solutions Centre Ireland is managed and hosted by a consortium in which AIT is a partner along with Tyndall National Institute (Lead) and Maynooth University – in collaboration with ESA and Enterprise Ireland. ESA Space Solutions Centre Ireland operates across the three partner locations – including the Midlands Innovation and Research Centre at AIT.



At ESA Space Solutions Centre Ireland, we’re seeking entrepreneurs with innovative ideas for using space technology to develop new products and services in a non-space environment.

Bring us your idea and we will provide technical expertise, business-development support and funding to help your business get off the ground.

You will have access to ESA’s portfolio of over 450 patent applications and patents, which cover areas such as radio-frequency, electromagnetics, robotics, power, electronics and materials.

Many technologies originating from Europe’s space programmes have already proven their worth in products we all use in our everyday life. They have given us more efficient transportation, better medical instrumentation and improved pollution control systems.

ESA Space Solutions Centre Ireland (Athlone, Cork, Maynooth) is one of 16 ESA Business Incubation Centres developed across Europe to create viable businesses and new jobs. Together they support more than 130 companies every year and over 400 start-ups have already been supported.

What we offer

  • €50,000 ESA BIC funding for start-ups
  • €40,000 technology transfer demonstrator funding
  • Access to a variety of additional funding opportunities
  • Incubation facilities at the Midlands Innovation and Research Centre
  • Business development support
  • Support through our partners and the ESA BIC network
  • Easy access to ESA technical expertise
  • Become part of the ESA brand
  • Membership of a comprehensive European-wide network of 400 ESA BIC companies.

To Apply


If most of these apply to you:

• Your Business idea involves using space technology in a non-space environment

• You know and have access to the IP to implement your business idea

• Your start-up is registered with the CRO for less than 5 years

• You are an existing organisation looking to build a demonstrator utilising space technology

• You’ve got an innovative technology driven idea or are at an early stage of commercial development

Contact us.

This is an open call so we’re always open for applications.

Download the ESA Space Solutions Centre Ireland Open Call for Business Incubation here

Download the ESA Space Solutions Centre Ireland Open Call for Technology Transfer Demonstrators here