Mentor Spotlight: Pau Mallol

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

Biography
Pau Mallol

Pau Mallol is the CEO of Inkonova AB, a Sweden-based company that specializes on Additive Manufacturing or 3D Printing, also referred to as 3DP. The company acts partly as a consulting firm and focuses on the development of 3D printed products with polymeric and metallic materials. Recently, Inkonova has also entered in the multicopters, a type of UAS/UAV/drone, development area with their first 3D printed product: a quadcopter racer with tilting arms made of carbon fiber blend and other exotic 3DP materials. Pau has a BSc in Mechanics, MSc in Aerospace engineering, space track, and Licentiate degree in deployable space structures for small satellites from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Sweden). In addition to his education Pau has experience as entrepreneur with two different companies since 2011.

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.








Speaker Spotlight: Senator Martin Günthner

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our speakers, Martin Günthner.

Biography
Martin Günthner

Martin Günthner is the Minister of Economic Affair, Labour and Ports as well as the Minister of Justice and Constitution of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. Throughout the years as a member of the Bremische Bürgerschaft, the parliament of the City-State of Bremen, Martin has held the position of the Chairman of the Port Committee. After attending the Bürgermeister-Smidt School in Bremerhaven, he went on to study cultural history of Eastern Europe at the University of Bremen. He then studied public relations in Heidelberg and graduated as a PR-Advisor (DPRG) and worked as a self-employed communications consultant.

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.








Judge Spotlight: Robert Bush Jr.

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our judges, Robert Bush Jr. He will assess your team and your final product on Sunday evening, evaluating your business model, customer validation, technical and design execution.

Biography
Robert Bush Jr.

Robert Bush Jr. is CEO of Majlis Capital, a merchant bank and financial advisory firm focused on facilitating investments and strategic partnerships between international companies and Middle East-based firms, primarily in the oil and gas, utilities, financial services, commodities, real estate and retail industries. Bush has more than 18 years of experience in investment banking, venture capital, hedge funds, private equity and Islamic finance. He has served as acting chief investment officer of Forsa, a women-only investment company owned by Dubai World that focuses on investing in real estate and small to medium-sized companies in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Bush was recently a founding managing director of Istithmar PJSC, a private equity and alternative investment company owned by the government of Dubai. A USA National 7s’ All-Star Rugby player, Bush received a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, where he was president of the student body. He attended the master’s program at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and received a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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: Roland Gabrielli

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

Biography
Roland Gabrielli

Roland is a doctoral student at the Institute of Space Systems of the University of Stuttgart. As a member of the Plasma Wind Tunnels and Electric Propulsion Group, he investigates Fusion and Electric Propulsion by the means of system analysis and modelling. His approach is currently being adapted for the study of more general systems encompassing Space Power Provision and Thermal Control. As a part time occupation, he works as a consultant for the small Esslingen based tech think tank and service startup Concept Evolutions. The small enterprise is dedicated to spinning off Space technology for terrestrial and green applications, and to the development of disruptive concepts. Roland has studied aerospace engineering at the University of Stuttgart and at the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et Espace (SupAero), Toulouse.

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: Chiara Manfletti

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

Biography
Chiara Manfletti

Chiara currently holds multiple positions within the German Aerospace Center (DLR). She is the Project Manager for Expertise Raumfahrtsysteme (X-TRAS) task force connecting a multidisciplinary team across DLR with the aim to develop innovative new space transportation systems. She is also the Engine Transients Group Leader at Lampholdshausen. In addition to these positions, Chiara serves as a Technical Assistant for ESA’s Future Launcher Preparatory Program (FLPP) with a focus on the Ariane 6 launcher. Her technical experience encompasses laser ignition; fluid flow systems; propellant management; engine behavior, modelling design and testing; mission and trajectory analysis; and launch vehicle design. As a leader in the area of launch vehicles, she is driving the German research division to collaborate and innovate to maintain competitiveness in the commercial launch sector and to enable an exciting future in which space activities are commonplace. Chiara holds a Doctorate in Engineering from RWTH Aachen University and is currently pursuing a second PhD at the University of Stuttgart in astrophysics. She also has a Masters in Space Studies from the International Space University and a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine in London, England.

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.








Speaker Spotlight: Christopher Stott

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our speakers, Christopher Stott.

Biography
Christopher Stott

Christopher Stott is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of ManSat, the world’s leading orbital filing company, and originator of the SpaceIsle marketing and branding concept for the Isle of Man. He has served as the Isle of Man Government’s Honorary Representative to the Space Community since 2003. He is the current President and in coming Chair of the Society of Satellite Professionals International, the space and satellite industry’s largest professional association.
Chris brings over two decades of experience in space markets working with the Boeing Company in the Delta launch vehicle program, and Lockheed Martin in Space Operations. Prior to this, Chris worked Life Education Centers, a UN NGO, and prior to this in US and British politics at a senior level Washington DC, and Westminster.
Chris has a passion for space based STEM education and he serves on the Boards of a number of Not For Profits specifically focused in this area including the Kalpana Chawla and Ilan Ramon scholarships fund for Indian and Israeli students to attend the International Space University, where he also serves on faculty and as the former Co-Chair of the School of Management and Business, the Challenger Centers, the Conrad Foundation, and the United Space School. Chris was also a founding director of the International Institute of Space Commerce and serves on the Institute’s Board today. Chris also serves with the AMAR US Foundation.
In 2013 Chris was appointed to the Advisory Boards of both the Pacific Telecommunications Council and the National Electronics Museum.
Chris is also a published author with the Royal Astronomical Society, the Adam Smith Institute, and the International Institute of Space Commerce, where his work focuses on the economics, ethics, and regulation of space.
Educated at Millfield School in Somerset, England, Chris attended the University of Kent, Canterbury where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in American Studies, Politics and Government. While at Canterbury, Chris also studied at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography where he received a Diploma for his studies in International Relations and Maritime Policy. Chris holds his Masters Degree in Space Sciences from the International Space University, having graduated from the first class of ISU’s Masters program in Strasbourg in 1996.

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: 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.








Judge Spotlight: Sebastian Erler

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our judges, Sebastian Erler. He will assess your team and your final product on Sunday evening, evaluating your business model, customer validation, technical and design execution.

Biography
Sebastian Erler

Sebastian Erler is an authorised representative of nordwest Kapital, nwk, the private equity division of Die Sparkasse Bremen. nwk seeks minority investments in unlisted small and medium-sized businesses in the growth and maturity stage and provides mezzanine capital. In his function as investment manager, he contributed to more than 40 private equity transactions in various industries, including aviation. He holds a diploma degree in business administration and engineering from University of Applied Sciences Bremen as well as an Executive MBA in Mergers & Acquistions from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. He is furthermore a visiting lecturer at University of Applied Sciences Bremen in the field of reporting, planning and entrepreneurship.

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.








Speaker Spotlight: Chris Boshuizen

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our speakers, Chris Boshuizen.

Biography
Chris Boshuizen

Chris Boshuizen is Co-Founder and CTO of Planet Labs. Prior to Planet, Chris was a Space Mission Architect at NASA Ames Research Center, where he co-created the PhoneSat Project – PhoneSat was the cheapest and fastest built spacecraft at NASA – and lead multiple partnership projects between NASA and private space exploration companies. Prior to NASA, Chris was appointed Interim executive Director of Singularity University, coordinated the founding of the University and raised over $2.5 million of initial funding from Silicon Valley sources. In 2014 Chris was awarded the Advance Global Award as Expatriate Australian of the Year. Chris received his Ph.D. in Physics and Bachelors of Science with Honours from the University of Sydney.

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.