The Higgs Centre for Innovation is the result of collaboration between major UK organisations. The Business Incubation Centre will be part of the ESA BIC UK, CERN BIC, and UK Space Agency BIC networks*. This is the first time that all three agencies have backed a single BIC entity. Our partners include:


The Science and Technology Facilities Council

​The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a UK government body that carries out civil research in science and engineering, and funds UK research in areas including particle physics, nuclear physics, space science and astronomy.​​

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The University of Edinburgh

Founded in 1582, the University is the sixth oldest in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's ancient universities​. The University’s mission is the creation, dissemination and curation of knowledge and aims to:

  • ​Enhance its position as one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities and to measure its performance against the highest international standards.
  • Provide the highest quality learning and teaching environment for the greater wellbeing of its students.
  • Produce graduates fully equipped to achieve the highest personal and professional standards.
  • Make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world, promoting health and economic and cultural wellbeing.

The European Space Agency

​The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe's gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.​ ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.



At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles.

The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. This process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.

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UK Space Agency​

At the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space, the UKSA is responsible for ensuring that the UK retains and grows a strategic capability in space-based systems, technologies, science and applications.

They lead the UK’s civil space programme in order to win sustainable economic growth, secure new scientific knowledge and provide benefit to all citizens.

* ESA BIC UK affiliation starting January 2018, subject to formal written agreement.