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.








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.








Speaker Spotlight: Frank Maximilian Salzgeber

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our two keynote speakers for Friday April 10, Frank Maximilian Salzgeber.

Biography
Frank Maximilian Salzgeber

Frank M. Salzgeber is the Head of the Technology Transfer Programme Office at the European Space Agency (ESA). Prior this post he was the Head of Commercial Development in the European Astronaut Department of the Directorate of Human Spaceflight Microgravity and Exploration at the European Space Agency. Prior to joining ESA, Frank held the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO and CFO) at an IT startup headquartered in Munich, Germany. Frank also spent seven years at Apple Computer initially as an account manager and then as a sales manager, covering Central Europe and being positioned in the US and Czech Republic. Frank is a member of the advisory board of the Triangle Venture Capital Group, the board of directors of European Business Network (EBN) and was founding chairman of the EIROforum working group on Innovation management and knowledge/technology transfer.

Frank is a senior expert and a passionate speaker in the field of open innovation, entrepreneurship, future trends and technologies. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering, is married, has two sons and lives in the Netherlands and Bavaria.








Mentor Spotlight: Lesley Jane Smith

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

Biography
Lesley Jane Smith

Professor Dr. Lesley Jane Smith has been teaching international, European and commercial law for over 20 years. She was appointed a Full Professor of International and European Economic law at the Leuphana University Lüneburg in 1996. Lesley Jane was appointed for several years as Rector to the Riga Graduate School of Law, University of Latvia, a specialist school of European and international law established by Sweden to facilitate the country’s transition on regaining its independence and negotiating its accession to the EU.

Lesley Jane has extensive professional and academic contacts to the main law schools and universities focusing on international space law across Asia, Europe and the Americas. Her own research interests in space law cover the areas of liability for commercial space activities and related issues of space debris, commercial issues of industrial and agency procurement, as well as regulatory aspects of GNSS and intellectual property issues relating to outer space activities. She has published widely on an extensive range of space-related legal questions and co-authored studies for the Academy, currently co-chairing a study group on cosmic debris. Lesley Jane latterly contributed to all three volumes of the Cologne Commentary on Space Law (CoCoSL), where she is the lead author on all aspects of liability for space activities and legal issues of Earth observation.

Lesley Jane became a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) in 2003, and was appointed as Board member at the Naples AGM in 2012. She became a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) in 2010. She is a longstanding member of the European Center of Space Law (ECSL), which is hosted by ESA. In 2012 Lesley Jane was appointed Board member of the European section of Women in Aerospace (WIA-E). She lives in Bremen, is married and has three young adult children.








Judge Spotlight: Chad Anderson

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

Biography
Chad Anderson

Chad Anderson works at the intersection of early-stage capital and the emerging commercial space industry as Managing Director of Space Angels Network. Based in London, he also works with the UK government to develop and commercialize the UK space industry by accelerating startups and mobilizing investment in space ventures. In the past, Chad has worked with a space robotics company and developed the first ever market assessment for commercial lunar transportation. Chad is a prominent advocate of the emerging space industry, with numerous public papers, speaking engagements, and interviews on the subject.

Chad holds an MBA from the University of Oxford with a focus on Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He also holds Finance and Economics degrees from Seattle University, magna cum laude. Prior to graduate school, he spent three years as Director of Finance for an aviation startup and five years as Business Manager for JP Morgan Chase. With experience in all aspects of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, Chad is intimately familiar with the opportunities and challenges faced by both entrepreneurs and investors.

Additionally, Chad is an avid volunteer and social entrepreneur earning recognition from both the President of the United States and JP Morgan Chase as Volunteer of the Year for his work supporting the marketing and development efforts of Seattle Children’s Theatre. He was Chairman of the Oxford Social Impact Network, a group of 200+ students using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, and served for two years on the Board of Directors for Greenside Development Foundation, a social enterprise focused on youth entrepreneurship and business incubation in Morocco.








Mentor Spotlight: Claudia Kessler

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

Biography
Claudia Kessler

Claudia has been CEO of HE Space since 2008 and is one of the rare female leaders in the space business. Qualified as an aerospace engineer and MBA, Claudia has worked for more than 20 years in international space environment. Since opening the first German office of HE Space in Bremen in April 2004 she has built it up to become one of the most significant suppliers of engineering services to the space industry. Claudia was a founder of Women in Aerospace Europe and she is passionate about supporting female high-potentials with their career development. She is a member of the International Aeronautical Academy (IAA) and a board member of the German Aerospace Association DGLR. Claudia is married and mother of a daughter.