StartupWeekend Space: Bremen announces the winners

StartupWeekend Space

Bremen, 15 April 2015

StartupWeekend Space: Bremen, an event that was designed to create lean startup concepts through interdisciplinary cooperation, officially announced three winning teams on Sunday.

The first-of-its-kind event in Europe took place at the “Bremer Innovations- und Technologiezentrum BITZ” between the 10th and 12th of April. The first, second and third ranked teams were awarded with prizes that shall help them advancing their presented business concepts.

First place was won by the team USB-I, which has designed a universal adapter to connect a vast number of payloads with every type of satellite bus systems. This shall enable significant cost savings in the production of satellites and space systems. From the judges’ point of view, the team presented a strong product and a scalable business model.

USB-i has won coaching from Claudia Kessler, CEO of HE-Space. Over the course of 12 months, she will support the team in business proposal writing and business formation. Following these 12 months, Chad Anderson, Managing Director of Space Angels Network, will take over. He will prepare the group to present their business plan to promising investors.

The second place prize was won by the team satsearch. The team developed a search engine for space electronic components to support space engineers with the search for suitable components during the hardware development. As the second-placed team, they have won a one-day presenting and on-camera training course with Hill Media in Bremen. Additionally, the team will have the opportunity to pitch their idea in Berlin at “Startupbootcamp Smart Transportation & Energy Accelerator Speed Summit” and to join the accelerator program for a week.

Third place went to the team Art For Space. Art For Space shall promote awareness of the environment and space while supporting local artists through a new cultural partnership. Artworks shall be flown in space, and be sold at art auctions after their return. The European Space Agency (ESA), together with the International Astronautical Federation, has donated the prize to be received by the third place team. Two members of the team will participate at the Global Space Innovation Conference (GLIC 2015) in Munich. There, they will be able to connect with other participants and employees of the ESA Business Incubation Center (BIC).

StartupWeekend Space: Bremen was a complete success, for the participants as well as for the organizers and sponsors. The demand for tickets was very high, with all 80 tickets selling out well in advance. The registered participants came from 13 countries in Europe and represented 18 nationalities, among them Germany, Australia, Brazil, India, Mexico, Russia and the United States. For many participants, this cultural diversity contributed to the success of the event and in the development of innovative and groundbreaking business ideas. 27 business ideas were pitched in total, from which 11 business concepts were generated and presented to the judging panel. All of the teams enjoyed the creative atmosphere in BITZ and some even worked through the night to refine business models, produce websites and print 3D prototypes within those three days.

Among the notable guests who participated personally or via video connection were Bremen’s State Council of the Senator for Economic Affairs, Employment and Ports, Dr. Heiner Heseler; the head of the Technology Transfer Programme from ESA, Frank Maximilian Salzgeber; the founder and CEO of Mansat, Christopher Stott, the co-founder and technical lead of Planet Labs, Chris Boshuizen; and the founder and CEO of Zero2Infinity José Mariano López-Urdiales.

Click here for more information about the event. You can also gain an overview of the social media impressions of the event with the hashtags #BeSpacial and #SWSpace. Additionally, there is a complete recording of the event’s highlights as a livestream.

StartupWeekend Space: Bremen was supported by the City of Bremen, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, ESA, Startupbootcamp Smart Transportation & Energy, Hill Media, Center of Applied Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) and by Up Global, a nonprofit organization with headquarters in Seattle, which connects a global community of enterprises across all topics and is considered as pivot of the space industry.

Direct quotes:

Ran Qedar from team USB-i (Winner of the first prize) rejoices over the prize and describes the StartupWeekend Space as a fantastic experience:

“StartupWeekend Space in Bremen presented me and my team a great opportunity to combine two of our passions: Space and Innovation. We had an exciting time learning from industry experts and connecting to other space enthusiast.  I would personally recommend anyone who has a space dream to join the next event and make it a reality. We thank the organizing team for their work and the judges for selecting us to be the most promising startup of this event. We look forward to be coached on developing a business model by Ms. Kessler of HE Space and to be given a chance to present to investors with Chad Anderson of the Space Angels Network.”

Dr. Kai Krieger from team Art For Space (Winner of the third prize) is delighted that he, as a participant without a background in space, was able to thrill participants and jury with his idea:

“I would have never thought that I, as an artist, could move something at the StartupWeekend Space, not to mention winning a prize. I pitched my idea on Friday and was completely surprised to be chosen. Following that, together with my team, we gave our best to develop a viable business concept from the original idea. It is unbelievable how much you can achieve during a single weekend. It was a fantastic experience which I can warmly recommend to anyone. We will continue working on Art for Space.”

Manfred Jaumann from Airbus  Defence and Space (Judge and sponsor of the event) was positively surprised by the quality of the presented business models:

“All presented business models without exception had a high quality. If you consider that the participants just had two days to organize themselves as a team, this is a remarkable performance. We as jury did not have an easy task selecting the three best business concepts.

Overall it was an awesome event and a great initiative. My compliments to the organizers. I hope there will be a sequel.“

Contact:
Sebastian Marcu
Co-Lead: Bremen
Tel: +49 176 1756 6909
Mail: sebastian.marcu@startupweekendspace.co

Hans-Georg Tschupke
WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH
Tel: +49 421 96 00 10
Mail: h.g.tschupke@wfb-bremen.de








Mentor Spotlight: Olga Batura

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

Biography
Olga Batura

Olga specialises in international and European economic law. Her major research focus is on regulation of telecommunications, transnational trade in services and competition law. Olga studied in Minsk (Belarus), Bremen and Hamburg and defended her PhD thesis on regulation of universal service provision in 2013 at the University of Bremen. She is an associate professor for European law at the European Humanities University in Vilnius (Lithuania) and a research assistant at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany.

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: Stephan Schöning

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

Biography
Stephan Schöning

Stephan Schöning is currently studying business administration on a postgraduate level at the University of Hamburg. Ever since his undergraduate studies he has been interested and involved in space related commercial activities and legal policy making. He has completed various internships in the aeronautic industry, the last one being with Lufthansa Technik in Shenzhen China, where his tasks included various procedural optimizations in view of export control compliance policies. As a former participant of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court, he is now an active research assistant at the University of Lüneburg and his primary interests lie at the interface of legal and business related topics in the space industry.

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: Manfred Jaumann

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

Biography
Manfred Jaumann

Manfred Jaumann is currently Head of Operations Engineering & Services at Airbus Defence & Space, Business Line Space Systems in Bremen, Germany. Manfred has been with the Airbus Group since 1991, where he has held many positions at several locations and business sectors throughout Europe. Some of his many experiences include Head of Engineering Services, Head of Site Relations & New Projects, Head of International Affairs, and Head of Marketing with Airbus Defence & Space, Business Line Space Systems (formerly Astrium Space Transportation). He also has experience as the CEO of BEOS GmbH and Head of Offset Directorate at DASA Headquarters.

Manfred received his Master’s Degree in Air and Space Technology from the University of German Armed Forces Munich. He also received a diploma in Industrial Engineering and International Marketing from AKAD University. Manfred’s other experiences include serving in the German Armed Forces. He was a Captain in the German Air Force where he received an officer education in Surface-to-Air Missile systems such as HAWK and PATRIOT.

As a director in the leading European aerospace company, he is one of the leaders who will be driving change in the European space sector to usher in a new era where innovation and agility are key to maintaining our competiveness in the international market.

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: Tom Segert

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

Biography
Tom Segert

Tom is one of the founders of Berlin Space Technologies (BST); responsible for strategy and business development. BST is one of the five commercial companies in Germany that have the capability to build complete satellite systems and one of three that currently do. Prior the founding of BST in 2010 he has worked 5 years as cluster manager and speaker for the space industry network in Germany’s capital region (RiBB) and before that 3 years as project manager for space projects at TUB. In the last decade Tom has successfully challenged long held business paradigms and thus impacted the new space industry both globally and locally.

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: Thomas Tanghe

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our judges, Thomas Tanghe. 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.

Thomas Tanghe is an Associate for SpaceTec Capital Partners, an advisory firm working with European institutions on high-tech strategies and providing start-up coaching on business development and internationalisation through its global network. SpaceTec is an accredited coaching partner from leading seed funds like Hightech-Gründerfonds and BayernKapital. Thomas’ expertise in innovative financing instruments for space ventures includes crowdfunding and other early-stage capital. Prior, he worked for the European Space Agency in the Industrial Policy Division at the research centre ESA ESTEC and the Policy Department at ESA HQ. Thomas started his consulting career as a Business Analyst for Deloitte Consulting. He has a Masters in General Management and a Masters in Industrial Engineering.

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: Silje Bareksten

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

Biography
Silje Bareksten

Silje has broad experience within startups and entrepreneurship; having engaged in starting several ventures in IT and tech, practicing entrepreneurship within established organizations and working with technology transfer processes taking top science from research to business. Her educational and professional background is in the crossing between science, technology and business with a BSc in Marketing and business development, a MSc in Science and Technology and a range of finance subjects. Silje is a specialist in merging tech solutions with business and commercial processes providing tactical and strategic advice. She also holds a BSc in Psychology and a coaching degree.

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.








StartupWeekend Space: Bremen officially announces its prizes

StartupWeekend Space

Bremen, 1 April 2015

StartupWeekend Space: Bremen, a European event conceived to generate lean space startup concepts through interdisciplinary collaboration has today officially announced the prizes to be awarded to the top three teams.

Held at Bremen’s Innovation and Technology Center (BITZ) on April 10th-12th, 2015. The first, second and third place winners will be rewarded with prizes that can significantly help them advance their presented business concepts.

The winning team will receive 12 months of coaching from Claudia Kessler, CEO of HE-Space, in business proposal writing and business formation. Following the 12 months, the winning team will be coached by Chad Anderson, Managing Director of Space Angels Network, in preparation to present their business plan to investors within their network.

Managing Director of the Space Angels Network, Chad Anderson, acknowledges the importance of the StartupWeekend Space event for Europe by demonstrating his commitment to support the winning team and the event.

“For the past three years Space Angels Network has supported Space Startup Weekends in San Francisco, Shanghai, and Bremen. These events provide an important venue for demonstrating how accessible space has become for entrepreneurs and startups, and it is impressive to see what teams are able to come up with in just a weekend. We’re proud to support the first SWS event in Europe and facilitate the path from conception to growth and funding.”

Both Claudia Kessler and Chad Anderson will be on site at StartupWeekend Space: Bremen. Chad Anderson will also join the jury to decide with other members, on the top three teams to win these prizes.

Other notable guests who will be present in person or via live video, include the Bremen minister of economic affair, labour and ports Martin Günthner, the European Space Agency (ESA) head of technology transfer programme office, Frank Maximilian Salzgeber, the founder and CEO of Mansat Christopher Stott, the co-founder and CTO of Planet Labs Chris Boshuizen and the founder and CEO of Zero2Infinity José Mariano López-Urdiales.

The team to reach the second place will win one day of presentation and on-camera training with Hill Media in Bremen. This will serve as preparation for the upcoming opportunity to pitch their business concept at the Startupbootcamp Smart Transportation & Energy accelerator speed summit and to join the Berlin based accelerator program for one week.

Managing Director of Startupbootcamp Smart Transportation & Energy accelerator, Tanja Kufner is confident that space entrepreneurship is Europe’s future industry to watch out for.

“We at Startupbootcamp, are proud to support the objectives of StartupWeekend Space, through our accelerator program. NewSpace is already reality in the USA. It is only a question of time before we will see more space startups here in Europe.”

ESA in cooperation with the International Astronautical Federation also contribute a third prize to StartupWeekend Space: Bremen enabling two team members to attend the Global Space Innovation Conference (GLIC 2015) in Munich where they will have the opportunity network with ESA Business Incubation Center (BIC) staff and participants.

Frank Maximilian Salzgeber proposes the ESA BIC network across Europe as the natural next stepping stone for StartupWeekend Space entrepreneurs.

“StartupWeekend Space is an innovative way to generate new business concepts. The ESA BIC network could be a possible next step to help turn these business ideas into real companies that create jobs and wealth for Europe. ESA is committed to supporting space entrepreneurship in Europe.”

With less than ten days to go before the event, all 80 tickets have already been sold out. The registered participants come from 13 countries in Europe and represent 18 nationalities including Germany, Australia, Brazil, India, Mexico, Russia and the USA. With this kind of cultural diversity, the business concepts proposed by the participants are expected to be especially innovative.

For more information about the event, please access our webpage at http://startupweekendspace.co/. You can also follow us on social media using the hashtags #BeSpacial and #SWSpace.

StartupWeekend Space: Bremen is supported by the City of Bremen, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, the European Space Agency, Startupbootcamp Smart Transportation & Energy, Hill Media, Center of Applied Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) 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.

Contact:
Sebastian Marcu
Co-Lead: Bremen
Tel: +49 176 1756 6909
Mail: sebastian.marcu@startupweekendspace.co

Hans-Georg Tschupke
WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH
Tel: +49 421 96 00 10
Mail: h.g.tschupke@wfb-bremen.de








Mentor Spotlight: Tanay Sharma

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

Biography
Tanay Sharma

Dr. Tanay Sharma (Tan) currently works as a Systems Administrator and is based at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. He previously conducted technical research and sales in London, where he focused on providing bespoke and off-the-shelf solutions to commercial airlines based within the EMEA region.

Tanay has an undergraduate degree in computer systems engineering and a PhD in space systems, where he focused the use of magnetic levitation and propulsion technologies to enable horizontal take-off and landing for commercial space vehicles.

His research has focused on key issues related to the future growth of the aerospace domain. His research interests span from space situational awareness, use of satellite technology for disaster mitigation and management to international and domestic policy issues that directly affect the space 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: 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.