Corallia a unit of the Research Center Athena is tasked with implementing the ESA BIC Greece. This will be accomplished in collaboration with more than 65 supporting organisations. Those supporters are Ministries and Public Agencies, Universities, Research Centers, Industry, Financing Institutions, Associations and Networks, other ESA BICs and Civil Society NFPs in Greece and ESA Members. The Greek Ministry of Digital Governance has identified the creation of the ESA BIC Greece as a key element in the development plan of the Greek Space Industry. Read More


The Greek Ministry of Digital Governance has identified the creation of the ESA BIC Greece as a key element in the development plan of the Greek Space Industry.

The objective of the ESA BIC Greece is to strengthen the community of successful space-related start-ups in Greece by supporting 25 incubatees over the period of 5 years under the ESA BIC scheme so that they can develop their business and their technology until they are ready to leave the incubation phase and continue operating and growing without support from the incubator.



Since the early 2000s, ESA Space Solutions has been seeking entrepreneurs with innovative ideas in using space technologies or developing applications to create new products and services in a non-space environment. Born as support to Europe’s space programmes, several technological innovations have turned out to be key to successful solutions for terrestrial markets. The transfers from Space to Earth enhance the know-how and competitiveness of Europe by creating new start-up companies and leading to new jobs and growth. The programme provides multiple entry points such as ESA Business Incubation Centres, where one can further develop their business plan and grow their new venture, the ESA Business Application programme where we support businesses from ideation to pre-commercialisation and ESA Technology Brokers that provides solutions to the industry through access to a wide range of advanced technologies developed by the space industry.


The team at ESA BIC Greece is here to support you and your team to be successful.


The Athena Research Centre was founded in 2003 to consolidate and further expand the Greek R&D activities and initiatives in the area of ICT and operates under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Ministry of Development and Investments. The vision of Athena is to serve the full spectrum of the research lifecycle, starting from basic and applied research, continuing to system & product building and infrastructure service provision, and ending with technology transfer and entrepreneurship. The fundamental role of Athena is to build knowledge and devise solutions and technologies for the digital society. Its value lies in the unique collection of skills and know-how of its researchers and professional staff and its national and international reputation. Athena has premises and infrastructures in Attica, Western Greece and Thrace. Athena is organised today in the following Institutes and Units: a) Information Management Systems Institute, b) Institute of Language and Speech Processing, c) Industrial Systems Institute, d) Corallia, e) Space Programmes Unit, f) Robotics Perception and Interaction Unit, g) Environmental and Networking Technologies and Applications Unit, h) Pharma Informatics Unit.

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