CERN has established a network of nine Business Incubation Centres (BICs) throughout its Member States, to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses in taking CERN technologies and expertise to the market.
In practice, CERN supports the selected companies through technical visits to CERN, technical consultancy and services, and preferential rate licensing of CERN intellectual property. The BIC managers provide office-space, expertise, business support, access to local and national networks, and support in accessing finance.
How can companies enter a CERN BIC?
Are you an entrepreneur or a start-up company? Could CERN technology solve your needs? Perhaps you qualify to enter a CERN BIC. Here is how to find out.
Most of the CERN Technology Portfolio is presented online. Browse through it, see if you find what you are looking for. No luck? Get in touch with the Knowledge Transfer Group.
2) First contact
Get in touch with the BIC you want to join. After a first screening a you will be put in touch with CERN.
3) Technology match
Together with CERN experts you will get to know the technology better, making sure it suits your needs.
4) Official application
Each BIC has its own tailored application process.
Austria BIC of CERN technologies
The Austria BIC of CERN technologies is managed by accent Gründerservice GmbH and is located in Wiener Neustadt near Vienna.
Finnish BIC of CERN technologies
The Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP) is managing the Finnish BIC of CERN technologies.
InnoGEX is the French BIC of CERN technologies and located in the Saint-Genis Pouilly Technoparc.
Technopolis BIC of CERN technologies
The Greek BIC of CERN technologies is managed by Technopolis Thessaloniki and is located at the Thessaloniki ICT Business Park.
Italian BIC "Research to Innovation" of CERN technologies
CERN and INFN will jointly set up a network of Italian BICs called the “Research to Innovation” (R2I) Network, composed of local offices in already established Italian BICs. The agreement was signed in June 2016.
Country: The Netherlands
The Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics (NIKHEF) manages the Dutch BIC of CERN technologies. The BIC is hosted at the Amsterdam Science Park.
NTNU BIC of CERN technologies
The Norwegian BIC of CERN technologies is managed by The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and is located at the NTNU campus in Trondheim.
Spanish BIC of CERN technologies
The Spanish BIC of CERN technologies is managed by the Spanish Science Industry Association, INEUSTAR-Pioneers.
Country: United Kingdom
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) manages the UK BIC. It is located across two sites: the Daresbury Laboratory on the Sci Tech Daresbury Campus in Cheshire and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories.