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.








Speaker Spotlight: José Mariano López Urdiales

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our speakers, José Mariano López Urdiales.

Biography
José Mariano López Urdiales

In 2009 he founded Zero2Infinity in Barcelona, Spain; its maiden vehicle is bloon, a stratospheric balloon that will allow people to fly to Near-Space. Thanks to his astronomer father, he has been in close contact with space missions ever since he was a child. He graduated in Aeronautical Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and since then has been involved in a host of cutting-edge projects such as building and flying microgravity payloads for the European Space Agency in the Netherlands, airline strategy for the Boston Consulting Group, rocket science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Ariane 5 Evolution Space launcher, advanced Air Traffic Management for Boeing “Phantom Works”, or orchestrating a regional aerospace development plan as the Manager of the Barcelona Aeronautics and Space Association from 2006 to 2009. He lectured in Space Vehicles at the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña. A graduate of UPM, ISU, CDI and MIT, he enjoys playing badminton and cooking.

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: 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.








Judge Spotlight: Christoph Backes

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

Biography
Christoph Backes

Christoph Backes is an economist, consultant and theater actor. He is the Managing Director of U-institut and was the founding Executive Director of GründerZentrum Kulturwirtschaft (Business Incubator Cultural Industries) Aachen.

Since 2008, he has been acting as an advisor for the Initiative Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft der Bundesregierung (Initiative Culture and Creative Economy of the Federal Government) and the Kompetenzzentrum Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft des Bundes (National Competence Center Cultural and Creative Industries). As a consultant, it is important to him to ask the right questions, no matter how tricky.

He is a lecturer at various universities in Germany and Switzerland, and author of several studies and reports in the subject area of cultural and the arts. He authored, for example, the first German economic report on culture of for the city of Aachen in 2006. Today, among many other projects, he brings to realisation the annual award “Kultur- und Kreativpiloten Deutschland“ (Cultural and Creative Pilots Germany) initiative for the Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft des Bundes. Christoph Backes was the marketing director of the 1st RuhrTriennale (Festival of the Arts) and a lighting designer with performer Tim Fischer.

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.








Facilitator Spotlight: Adrian Pica

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to the StartupWeekend Space: Bremen facilitator, Adrian Pica. He will act as the master of ceremony, managing the tone and logistics of key processes during the event. He will also act as the official representative of the global Startup Weekend organization.

Biography
Adrian Pica

Adrian is the founder of Oblico, a location based networking app for events and conferences, a project that came out of a Startup Weekend event, was part of the TechPeaks accelerator and received a grant from Telecom Italia. Oblico was one of the finalists at the How To Web conference. He is a lean startup fan and experienced in pitch training and public speaking. He is working as a global facilitator at Startup Weekend, but also as an organizer at Startup Weekend Timisoara, Rome, Oradea. He is involved in the startup scene in CEE as the communication manager and organizer at the Central European Startup Awards and as a Startup Scout at Inventures.eu, the biggest media outlet focused on startups and entrepreneurship in Central and Eastern Europe. He is working with early stage startups as a mentor at Spherik Accelerator and at various other events.

Adrian is an early adopter and you can reach him anytime on Facebook. Sometimes he writes on www.adrianpica.co and has one of the biggest collections of Startup Weekend T-shirts.