22nd January, 2015
You too can #BeSpacial! This is the slogan of Europe’s first StartupWeekend Space event. Hosted at Bremen’s Innovation and Technology Center (BITZ) on April 10th-12th, 2015, the event is designed to generate several lean space startup concepts through interdisciplinary collaboration within 60 hours. Especially people with non-space backgrounds are encouraged to participate. During the event participants will have access to several leaders in the global space community – including entrepreneurs, academics, policy experts, technical experts, and business managers – who will act as mentors.
Martin Günthner, Bremen’s senator for economy, labour and ports believes that this event will greatly enrich the space industry in Europe’s space capital.
“Companies such as OHB, Airbus Defence and Space, and institutions such as DLR, ZARM and DFKI, provide Bremen with a very rich space infrastructure unique in Europe. With Startup Weekend Space hosted here in Bremen, we would like to encourage the development of new business ideas through the interdisciplinary nature of this event.”
The event begins on Friday morning with keynote speech and workshops providing participants insights into the opportunities and challenges in the modern space sector. They will learn key skills related to lean startups and team building, space law and policy, and non-financial and financial support for space startups. The evening will see 60-second open-mic pitches where participants will have the chance to present their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. The selected teams work through Saturday and Sunday to develop target markets, validate their ideas, build “pretotypes” and minimal viable products, and finalize their business concepts.
One mentor attending the Bremen event is Claudia Kessler, CEO of HE Space and founder of Women in Aerospace Europe.
“I have been working for over 20 years within the space industry. I am certain that my experience will be of good value to the participants of StartupWeekend Space. My personal goal is to encourage women to become leaders in the space industry. StartupWeekend Space offers the perfect environment for them to achieve that.”
On Sunday evening each team will give a five-minute pitch to a panel of judges comprising of investors, established industry leaders, and experts, who will assess the quality of each startup proposal. Winning teams will receive prizes and, more importantly, the opportunity to convince investors to support their idea going forward.
StartupWeekend Space is organized by an international team of young professionals with the goal of demonstrating that the space sector can benefit significantly from the contribution of people with expertise outside of engineering and sciences.
Managing Director of Design & Data GmbH and Co-lead for Startup Weekend Space: Bremen, Sebastian Marcu summarizes his experience and motivation to create this event.
“Twelve years ago I joined the European Space Agency as a Young Graduate Trainee with neither a science nor an engineering background. Today I am running my own company providing services to the European space industry. It is a career path that I had never imagined for myself. My motivation to co-lead the StartupWeekend Space event builds on my experience and is a means to inspire other non-space graduates to leave their entrepreneurial footprint on this amazing industry.”
Startup Weekend Space is now looking for media and sponsorship partners to help spread the message and create the best possible experience for the participants. In total 80 people will receive a chance to participate at the event once the online registration opens on the 9th February 2015. The competition to get one of these rare tickets is set to be high.
For more information about the event, please access our web page at www.startupweekendspace.co. You can also follow us on social media using the hashtags #BeSpacial and #SWSpace.
StartupWeekend Space is supported by 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.
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WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH
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