ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain, Bavarian Minister for Economic Affairs Martin Zeil, and member of the board – space administration German Aerospace Center DLR Dr Gerd Gruppe visited Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO) yesterday to celebrate the creation of 1,000 new jobs since 2004 and sign an agreement to extend the ESA BIC Bavaria programme.
So far, AZO has helped to create 66 new companies in Bavaria through its incubation programmes in the region’s high-tech offensive (which helped found 32 companies by 2009) and the ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Bavaria (34 companies since 2009).
ESA BIC Bavaria was established in 2009 under the name ESA BIC Oberpfaffenhofen. In response to increasing demand for space-related companies, it was extended to Nuremberg and Berchtesgadener Land and thus renamed. Since its extension to three total sites, ESA BIC Bavaria has been the largest of seven ESA BIC locations in Europe.