The Incubator for High Technology in Astrophysics and Space at the IAC is working

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Astrophysics and Space Science are two of the priority areas in the Strategy for Intelligent Specialization in the Canaries (RIS3). To promote this area IACTEC, the branch of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) for technolgical business cooperation, has started up the Incubator for High Technology in Astrophysics and Space (IATAE).

The incubator will offer a working area to those collaborating with the IAC (businesses, NGO’s, and related initiatives) who have innovative projects based on technolgy and with an intensive knowledge content, in the areas of Astrophysics and Space Science and neighbouring technologies. The projects should be in a development phase, and will be treated within a framework of collaboration between the IAC and the organization using the incubator.

The IATAE has two types of infrastructures which are complementary and optional. They are the IACTEC building, situated in the La Laguna Technological Park, where the collaborators will be able to used office space, laboratories, workshops, and rooms for meetings and events, and also the “Virtual IACTEC” presently under construction, which is a  partial replica of the IACTEC building but in virtual reality (metaverse) where they will be able to organize telematic meetings with augmented reality, among other services.

The companies using the IATAE incubator, either in IACTEC or in the virtual IACTEC, will be able to benefit from the programme IAC³, A progamme which helps with innovation, mentoring, training, and funding, aimed at people with business initiatives, also small and very small companies in the sectors of Astrophysics and Space. 

The IATAE project is in its initiation and consolidation phase (2022-23) and is co-financed at an 85% level with FEDER funds, in the framework of  the Operative Plurirregional Programme 2014-2020, in the 3rd axis and the 3rd thematic objective (“Improve the competitivity of small and medium companies”) and the 3rd investment priority ("Building a company spirit and in particular facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and promoting the creation of new companies, also via incubators”) via the management of the Fundación INCYDE of the Chambers of Commerce

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Contact: info.iactec [at] iac.es / 922 605200

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