Mentor Spotlight: Helene Huby

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our mentors, Helene Huby. She will work intimately with you and your team, disseminating her knowledge and experiences, making sure you and your team will be successful.

Biography
Helene Huby

Helene is Head of Transversal Innovation at Airbus Defence & Space where she takes care of fostering innovation within the company. Before she worked in Paris, France and Hamburg, Germany for FABERNOVEL, a French seed-investment and an innovation consulting company specialized in the digital industry. She began her carrier in Brussels, Belgium within the media sector.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp – Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.








Mentor Spotlight: Francis Heckman

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our mentors, Francis Heckman. He will work intimately with you and your team, disseminating his knowledge and experiences, making sure you and your team will be successful.

Biography
Francis Heckman

Francis is a 34-year-old American citizen who was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany. He has been banker for more than 15 years, including 8 years as a bank manager. He is competent in business administration and banking business, as well as personnel management. Francis believes that not being trapped by strong conservatism and political frame-works are the most important endeavor of national economies to always keep at least one step ahead of the others, and to simply improve the world.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp – Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.








Mentor Spotlight: Weston Hankins

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our mentors, Weston Hankins. He will work intimately with you and your team, disseminating his knowledge and experiences, making sure you and your team will be successful.

Biography
Weston Hankins

Weston is passionate about disrupting the status quo in large industries and using technology to transform the way we interact with each other. With experiences as diverse as programming for DaimlerChrysler and Microsoft, paving the way for the global sharing economy with CouchSurfing, or his recent interest in space, there’s a broad range of topics to approach him on. Weston is currently co-founder of WunderAgent, a solution for property owners, and of Jetty, an iOS app for events, as well as strategic partnership coordinator (Europe) for the Space Generation Advisory Council and long-time mentor at diverse startup accelerators in Berlin.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp – Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.








Mentor Spotlight: Christoph Brosius

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our mentors, Christoph Brosius. He will work intimately with you and your team, disseminating his knowledge and experiences, making sure you and your team will be successful.

Biography
Christoph Brosius

As a advertising and marketing professional with experience in the TV, film and game industries, Christoph co-founded the Game Thinking agency, Die Hobrechts, in Berlin in 2011, focusing on gamification for business, governmental and non-profit clients. Since 2009 he has been working as an instructor for Agile Software Development, Project Management, Interactive Media, Game Design and Game Thinking at various public and private universities. While also consulting entrepreneurs in the creative economies on business models, product development and marketing strategies, he facilitates national and international creative workshops and conferences.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp – Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.








Mentor Spotlight: Agata Kukwa

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our mentors, Agata Kukwa. She will work intimately with you and your team, disseminating her knowledge and experiences, making sure you and your team will be successful.

Biography
Agata Kukwa

Agata is an entrepreneur, e-PR specialist, science journalist, and information broker. In her professional endeavors, she focuses primarily on innovation, knowledge management, crowdsourcing and new technologies. Since 2012, she has been associated with Black Pearls VC, where she is responsible for the brand management, and acts as an adviser for startups in branding and public relations. She is the founder and CEO of dlaodmiany.pl, an e-PR agency and company utilizing crowdsourcing in delivering IT solutions for creative industries. Currently, she is working on her PhD in business informatics, exploring crowdsourcing as a knowledge transfer tool. In her private life she is technology enthusiast, and a lifestyle and fashion fan.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp – Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.








5 questions with Startup Weekend Dunedin mentor Geoff Brash

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Geoff Brash, the program director for Lightning Lab Christchurch, organiser of Coffee & Jam, and former co-founder and VP of SLI systems is coming to Dunedin to be a mentor for Startup Weekend. Geoff has mentored at and organised several Startup Weekends, and we’re looking forward to getting his input at this year’s event.

1) What is your current company and what do you do?

GBJ Innovation provides support to startup companies. It supports the startup ecosystem, provides direct one-on-one startup support, and operates startup ventures of its own.

2) What startups you have been involved with in the past?

SLI Systems – provides search solutions to ecommerce companies.  I was a co-founder and was involved in technical, finance, and marketing roles. SLI listed on the NZX in 2014.

Rocket Languages – provides online language training courses in more than 12 languages including sign language and english as a second language.

3) What are some of your favourite startups at the moment?

Glass Jar – have to back local Canterbury startups that have come through some of the services we support.

Uber – I first used this service in San Francisco and you have to experience a US taxi to truly understand how transformative Uber is.

4) What is your biggest piece of advice to first time startup?

Invest your limited resources wisely.  I spend most of  my time working with startups on the issue of how to focus their resources in the right way. Try and remember the amount of progress you can make over the weekend and take that into your startup. Build your business not just your product.

5) What are you looking forward to at Startup Weekend Dunedin 2015?

Its been awhile since I was last in Dunedin (Startup Weekend Dunedin, March & September 2013) and I’m looking forward to connecting with the various people and finding out how the ecosystem has developed over the past 18 months.

Dunedin has always provided some of the most memorable Startup Weekend experiences, from great ideas to outstanding founders.

One I remember is Emily Sutton. We also had a large variety of ideas in 2013 from jewellery (Emily’s), to soft drinks, and scientific methodologies.

Often people think startup weekend is all about Apps but this is not true.

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Mentor Spotlight: Krzysztof Kanawka

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our mentors, Krzysztof Kanawka. He will work intimately with you and your team, disseminating his knowledge and experiences, making sure you and your team will be successful.

Biography
Krzysztof Kanawka

Krzysztof (Christoff) Kanawka comes from Poland, but during the last 10 years he has lived and studied in Germany, UK, France and Norway before coming back to Poland. After 11 years in academia (from a freshman up to the end of a post-doc) he decided to move to the business sector in the space industry. The first company, called Kosmonauta.net, was started as a Ltd. entity in 2012. This company quickly found its niche in the engineering/business consulting field. The company has also been creating its own downstream applications, utilising data from satellite navigation and Earth Observation.

In 2014 the company experienced a boost due to funds from an investment fund, as one of the first Polish commercial entities in the space sector. The company, now called Blue Dot Solutions Ltd., manages several European Space Agency and Horizon 2020 portfolios as well as portfolios for commercial partners.

During his academic days Christoff participated in several space educational projects, such as European Student Earth Orbiter, ESEO.

StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp – Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.








Mentor Spotlight: Katherine Pegg

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our mentors, Katherine Pegg. She will work intimately with you and your team, disseminating her knowledge and experiences, making sure you and your team will be successful.

Biography
Katherine Pegg

Katherine Pegg, Project Manager of Advanced Projects at Airbus DS in Bremen, manages a portfolio of human spaceflight, on-orbit servicing and debris removal projects. In this role, she has one foot in the engineering arena and the other in business development, proposing and developing new projects. Over the past year, she has worked on MPCV-ESM future missions, e.deorbit, the DLR EML2 Free Flyer study, and has developed innovative human spaceflight technologies, infrastructures and business strategies. She is also managing a number of her own proposed technical innovation and business intrapreneurship projects.

After studying and training in Australia, the USA, India and Europe, Katherine began her career as a Mission Systems Engineer with Airbus DS in Stevenage, developing future Earth Observation, Science and Exploration missions. For the ESA Marshopper study, she was responsible for the vehicle system engineering and also designed a new ISRU system to liquefy carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere. She was also a systems engineer for the Wavemill mission concept to measure ocean surface currents, managed the Airbus DS contribution to the ESA Modular Systems of Microsystems project and was a thermal architect on the Lisa Pathfinder mission. Additionally, she coordinated and assessed innovation projects in her role as an Earth Observation, Navigation & Science (ENS) Innovation Coordinator for the Stevenage site.








Mentor Spotlight: Conor O'Sullivan

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our mentors, Conor O’Sullivan. He will work intimately with you and your team, disseminating his knowledge and experiences, making sure you and your team will be successful.

Biography
Conor O'Sullivan

Conor manages the business modelling team at the Satellite Applications Catapult, a UK organisation helping to promote space startups and entrepreneurs and assisting in commercialising space technologies. Conor holds a First Class Honours degree in Business and Economics from the University of Dublin, Trinity College and an MBA from the University of Oxford. During his time at Oxford he led the research effort into a comprehensive consulting report on the business case for a spaceport in the UK. Prior to his post-graduate studies, Conor spent five years in the banking industry as a sales trader in the foreign exchange departments of two global investment banks. He is passionate about the space and aviation industries and how NewSpace ventures are disrupting existing markets, and building new opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Conor holds a private pilot’s license and has flown in Europe and the US. He has experience in basic aerobatics, is a keen fan of the Red Bull Air Race and would love to take a spaceflight during his career!








Mentor Spotlight: Stefan Schmidt

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our mentors, Stefan Schmidt. He will work intimately with you and your team, disseminating his knowledge and experiences, making sure you and your team will be successful.

Biography
Stefan Schmidt

Stefan has joined the Commercial Space Project Group (CSPG) at the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) last year and is conducting the CSPG research study for spin-off and spin-in business models with respect to space commercialization. He has gained first-hand experience in spin-off and spin-in technology transfer working recently for an European Space Agency (ESA) Business Incubation Alumni and prior for Airbus Defence and Space. Besides that he has also founded a business model course for Small Business Investment Companies to support current ESA Business Incubation Center incubatees.