ESA-BIC Switzerland welcomes four entrants to the program


The jury of the ESA Business Incubation Centre Switzerland (ESA BIC Switzerland) has nominated Picterra, Voliro, ReoR20 and Synthara to join the next round of the accelerator program. The startups will receive financial support and coaching over a period of 2 years.



ESA BIC Switzerland, an initiative of the European Space agency run by ETH Zurich supports startups that leverage space technologies to develop non-space business on earth or use technology from the earth that could be adapted for application in space. Four startups whose solutions meet the criteria have recently joined the two-year ESA BIC accelerator program. They will receive CHF 50’000 every six months in addition to mentoring and training. The cohort will also get access to ESA network Picterra – A platform enabling users to train machine-learning detectors to automate the detection of objects within earth observation images, without a single line of code. Voliro – Autonomous flying robots with the unique capability to approach, touch, and interact with the environment. ReoR20 – Risk analysis for natural and man-made catastrophe risks with the use of high fidelity computational engineering. Synthara – Chips that intelligently reconfigure themselves in real-time to consume the least possible amount of energy.  Registration open for the next round ESA BIC Switzerland invites Startups that are interested in joining the next cohort to submit their application before 29th February 2020 (23.59 CET). Eligible to apply are startups that are registered in Switzerland, less than 5 years old and have a space connection.