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.








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.








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.