TechQuartier and cesah announce new partnership

This collaboration will grow the region’s space technology startup communities through accelerator programs, corporate matching and investor access.

Frankfurt am Main, 04 November, 2019 – The Centre for Satellite Navigation Hesse (cesah) in Darmstadt and the Frankfurt-based innovation hub TechQuartier announce a new partnership to provide market access to emerging new technologies and startup networks.

cesah is contracted to run one of the ESA Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs) in Europe, the ESA BIC Hessen & Baden-Württemberg, located at three different sites: Darmstadt, Reutlingen and Friedrichshafen. It has fostered over 100 new startups, many of which have grown into thriving companies.

“TechQuartier has extensive expertise in various sectors and technologies as well as access to a vast community of startups in Germany, Europe and worldwide,” says Dr. Thomas Funke, Managing Director at TechQuartier. “cesah with its startups will have access to TechQuartier’s startups, accelerator programs and partner support.”

In return, TechQuartier will be updated regularly with information about technologies and trends in the space domain and collaborate in future programs in AgTech, SpaceTech and Artificial Intelligence.

Startups and members in both programs will have greater opportunities to be part of scouting connections, industry-specific workshops for business & product development as well as business speed-dating and accelerator events.

“We are proud of our startups that successfully bring space to market. We are part of a growing network of 20 ESA BICs in 60 locations across Europe. This network has been supporting more than 800 startups to date and represents the largest space startup network worldwide,” says Frank Zimmermann, Managing Director of cesah. “We are looking forward to bringing the TechQuartier and the cesah networks together.”

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About cesah
cesah is a centre of competence for space technologies and applications and supports startups in the technical development, realization and marketing of new products and services related to space. For more than 12 years, cesah has been managing an ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) in Darmstadt, since 2018 with two more sites in Baden-Württemberg in close cooperation with IHK Reutlingen and Airbus DS in Friedrichshafen. cesah is supported by its shareholders State of Hesse, Darmstadt City of Science, Technical University of Darmstadt, University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, T-Systems International GmbH and Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH. For more information:

About TechQuartier
Founded in December 2016, TechQuartier (TQ) is a Frankfurt-based startup hub and cross-industry innovation platform. Now established as the main access point to the local FinTech cluster, it is the reference point both for local startups wishing to grow their business and for corporates aiming to collaborate and leverage their disruptive potential. TQ offers a complete innovation experience made of flexible coworking spaces across 4 locations, acceleration programs, community events, matchmaking with corporates and investors and access to an international network of partner hubs.

TechQuartier and Frankfurt were together named Germany’s Fintech Hub as part of the Digital Hub Initiative (de:hub) run by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. For more information:


Hugo Paquin,
Marketing Manager, TechQuartier
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Phone : +49 178 218 4576



Lisa Klambeck,
PR & Marketing Manager, cesah
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Phone : +49 6151 39215610