Insights from Startup Nation Israel at IAC2015

Several StartupWeekend Space: Bremen, Gdansk and Shanghai team members attended the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2015 in Jerusalem, Israel. It was a perfect opportunity to meet space entrepreneurs to gain some insights from this startup nation.

One of the world’s largest space conferences, the IAC brings together the leaders of the space sector among industry, academia and agencies for a busy week of meetings and presentations. This year, over 1800 participants from over 60 countries took part in the congress, with about 40 heads of space agencies and astronauts. It is a key opportunity to network among the key players in the sector. The Israel Space Agency hosted the event.

Venue of the IAC2015, Jerusalem
Venue of the IAC2015, Jerusalem

Over the course of the week, the congress had a large and varied programme, covering topics as diverse as human spaceflight, space debris, earth observation, space propulsion, business innovation and space education. Sebastian D. Marcu and Magni Johannsson, co-leads for StartupWeekend Space: Bremen advocated the space startup scene in Europe at the congress together with the Bremen Invest (WFB), as a follow on from our successful StartupWeekend Space events in Bremen, Shanghai and Gdansk.

On the Monday afternoon, Sebastian formed part of a panel for the city of Bremen in a special “Startup & Space” event, bringing together selected players from Israel, to provide various perspectives on its thriving Israeli startup landscape. Sebastian commented:

“Having read the book ‘Startup Nation’, I was inspired by the spirit of entrepreneurship in Israel and wanted to take this opportunity to connect to local experts to see what could come out of this collaboration.”

Members of the panel included: Haim Kopans – JVP Media Labs; Ofer Lapid – Space-Nest; Eugene Jorov – Angel Sensor; Shoshi Rushnevsky – Chiprix; and Kartik Kumar – Satsearch (Second place winner at StartupWeekend Space: Bremen).

Startup & Space Panel
Startup & Space Panel

Tuesday morning saw a paper presentation by Magni Johannsson on StartupWeekend Space describing the event to an international audience. The paper delves into how the team conceptualised and realised the event in addition to key statistics and outcomes following the event.

In addition, Sebastian and Magni toured the Siftech accelerator where startup company Chiprix is located, to gain further insights from the Startup Nation on what Bremen can do to make it into an entrepreneurial city.

Bremen has a major aerospace sector with companies such as OHB, Airbus Defence and Space and HE Space, together with the German Space Agency (DLR) and the Centre for Applied Space Research and Microgravity (ZARM) at the University of Bremen.

The city will also host the Space Tech Expo Europe (17-19 November) where, among a comprehensive programme, will help bring together the realisation of a space startup city.

At the end of the IAC it was announced the city was successful in its bid to host the IAC in 2018. Its plan to become a hub for space technology and innovation formed an important part of this bid.

Hans Georg Tschupke from Bremen Invest said:

“As we approach the IAC2018 there is likely to be an upsurge in interest in space startups in the city of Bremen. It is therefore important we collaborate with other space startup nations and regions across the world to learn what infrastructures we need to harness this momentum.

 








StartupWeekend Space Workshop & Fireside Chat

StartupWeekend Space will be held a Workshop and Fireside Chat panel on Friday, 18th September. It was an opportunity for participants and invited guests to share specific challenges and they faced in their projects since StartupWeekend Space: Bremen in April where teams generated several space startup concepts.

Out of 11 original teams, 5 are still going strong. The teams will met at ZARM – the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity at the University of Bremen. Under the framework of StartupWeekend Space, together with the City of Bremen, the day built on their experiences. In particular, it was a chance to assess the day-to-day setting up and running of a business together with a full-time job.

The morning focused on status updates of the teams’ projects, talking about the main concerns or difficulties they have encountered, receiving feedback from the experts and mentors in the audience. A representative from each of the teams participated in the panel where co-lead for SWSpace: Bremen, Magni Johannsson, moderated.

A fireside chat took place in the afternoon – an informal chance for the audience to ask some experts about entrepreneurship topics. These included encouraging work on pre-seed startup ideas and how to get projects off the ground, strategies to help focus efforts within limited resources and seeking service providers for startups. Sebastian D. Marcu, who co-founded Design & Data GmbH and was a co-lead for SWSpace: Bremen, moderated.

SWSpace Fireside Chat
SWSpace Fireside Chat
SWSpace Workshop
SWSpace Workshop

Missed SWSpace: Bremen? Don’t worry! A complete recording of the SWSpace: Bremen’s highlights as a Livestream can be viewed here. Also, the second Startup Weekend Space in Europe takes place on 2nd-4th October 2015 in Gdansk, Poland. Check out the event blog and social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram together with #SWSpaceGDN for the latest news and announcements.

Connect with StartupWeekend Space at http://startupweekendspace.co/ and on social media with hashtags #BeSpacial and #SWSpace.

StartupWeekend Space: Bremen was supported by the City of BremenAirbus Defence and SpaceHE-SpaceDesign & DataSpace Angels NetworkESAStartupbootcamp Smart Transportation & EnergyHill MediaCenter of Applied Technology and Microgravity (ZARM)and by Up Global, a non-profit organisation with headquarters in Seattle, which connects a global community of enterprises across all topics and is considered as pivot of the space industry.








Saturday party @ Startup Weekend Space Gdansk!

With so many aspiring entrepreneurs, designers, and developers signed up for Startup Weekend Space Gdansk, the sheer number of faces can be overwhelming for newcomers and veterans alike.

Instead of wasting those precious first hours getting to know the guest list, attending the our awesome party is a great way to familiarize yourself with attendees and relaxing into the almost 72-hour whirlwind.

This party of Startup Weekend Space Gdansk a will be held at PARTY BUSES, where we’ll visit and look around interesting places in 3city (Gdansk, Sopot, Gdynia). During the trip we’ll be drinking beer, drinks and eat tasty snacks! Cooooooool! 😀

The party starts Saturday at 9 p.m. from GPNT.

What places you will see?

1. Gdansk center: The Granary Island, The Old Town and its beautiful architecture.
2. Gdynia center: Gdynia Harbor.
3. Sopot center: Monte Cassino, Sopot Pier (longest wooden pier in Europe) and the party spot.

Who wants feel free to drop off at Sopot and continue party. If you prefer to get back to work/sleep you can go with us back to gdansk (GPNT).

Hope you all enjoy this time! 🙂
#BeSpacial!








Startup Weekend Space: Gdansk

Hosted by Gdansk Park Naukowo – Techhnologiczny, the event will challenge interdisciplinary teams from different nations to create space startups in 60 hours in Gdansk.

Startup Weekend Space

Startup Weekend is a global grassroot movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest global community of passionate entrepreneurs. As of November 2014, over 1,900 events have been held, involving over 150,000 entrepreneurs across more than 500 cities in over 127 countries and over 10,000 startups have been created. (See Startup Weekend trailer)

The second Startup Weekend Space in Europe takes place at the start of World Space Week (4-10 October) an internationally declared celebration of all things space supported by the United Nations. Participants will form teams, formulate space ideas, work intensively on them and finally pitch them to a panel of judges and investors. Teams will be supported by leaders in the global space community: entrepreneurs, academics, policy experts and business leaders. They will mentor and guide teams through these intense three days, making sure these ideas will translate into actual businesses.

For more information about the event visit: http://startupweekendspace.co/ . You can also follow the event on social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, together with the hashtags #BeSpacial #SWSpaceGDN








Main prize for winners @ Startup Weekend Space Gdansk

Who is still not decided should be convinced right now!

We reveal that the main prize in Startup Weekend Space Gdansk is a trip to Berlin with Blue Dot Solutions representatives to Satellite Masters conference and Awards Ceremony of Galileo Masters competition.

WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT

Explore cutting-edge space applications at the second Satellite Masters Conference, which will take place from 20-22 October 2015 in Berlin. The event will feature an outstanding blend of conference sessions, workshops, and roundtable discussions centred around leveraging satellite-derived data and other space solutions for business and society.

The Satellite Masters Conference is much more than just a networking event: It is a unique marketplace for sharing ideas on space-based innovation and connecting with the world’s leading network for downstream satellite business.

The event will cap off the joint Awards Ceremony of Europe’s major innovation competitions for space applications – the Copernicus Masters and the European Satellite Navigation Competition.

The conference is geared toward all those looking to benefit from the emerging satellite applications market, from start-ups, SMEs, and researchers to investors, institutional stakeholders, and industry entities.
See you on 20th of October in Berlin!

Last Startup Weekend Space tickets still avaiabile here.








Speaker Spotlight: Amnon Ginati

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

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Amnon Ginati is currently the Head of Telecommunication and Integrated Applications Directorate at the European Space Agency. The directorate is responsible for co-ordinating, shaping and supporting innovation in satellite telecommunications and for the promotion of applications that involve the combined use of space-based systems.

Prof. Ginati joined the European Space Agency (ESA, ESTEC) in 2000 as Head of the Earth Observation Future Programmes Department. He was in charge of the EO future programmes, Earth science Explorer missions, Earth applications missions’ preparation and Earth Observation instruments pre-development for future missions. Thereafter, he was special adviser to ESA Director General, Head of the Inter Directorate Taskforce responsible for the initiation and development of the Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) programme.

ESA’s Telecommunications and Integrated Applications Directorate (TIA) is responsible for co-ordinating, shaping and supporting innovation in satellite telecommunications and for the promotion of applications that involve the combined use of space-based systems.

We are glad to have him as a speaker here at #SWSpace!

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.








Sponsor Spotlight: Hill Media

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our key sponsors, Hill Media. We are grateful for their continued support in making this event as great of an experience as possible for the participants.

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Hill Media is a company specialised in the audio-visual communication field. They provide internal and external communication via meaningful pictures.

Hill Media supplies their customers with a creative and competent consulting for audio-visual communication, ranging from interview and on camera training, to public relations and the and technical expertise on the realisation of the projects.

Hill-media offers a one day presentation and on-camera training as part of the 2nd price at #SWSpace!

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.








Sponsor Spotlight: ESA Space Solutions

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our key sponsors, ESA Space Solutions. We are grateful for their continued support in making this event as great of an experience as possible for the participants.

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ESA Space Solutions was created by the European Space Agency (ESA) to give special recognition to products and services that make use of space technology and space-provided services. The “Space Solutions” trademark label has been set up as a marketing opportunity for companies producing systems, products and services that are using space technologies and/or services made available through space programmes. Along with the trademark, ESA has also set up the Space Solutions University Challenge contest in order to promote space technology transfer and to make patented space technology available also to entrepreneurial students.

The technologies and components developed for spacecraft are, through the ESA Space Solutions program, leading to intelligent and innovative solutions in a variety of areas here on Earth. Examples of fields that benefit from the innovations from the space domain are industrial production, improved instrumentation for medical fields, pollution control systems, efficient transportation, surveillance in remote locations, and much more.

ESA’s Technology Transfer Programme and the Space Solutions trademark work on making these technologies available to non-space applications to the benefits of European citizens and to strengthen the competitiveness of the European 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.








Sponsor Spotlight: ZARM

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our key sponsors, The Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM). We are grateful for their continued support in making this event as great of an experience as possible for the participants.

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The Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) is a scientific institution specialised in the research on space science and technology as well as fluid mechanics. ZARM is part of the Department of Production Engineering at the University of Bremen and employs more than 100 scientists, engineers and administrative staff. Many students and young scientists are hosted at ZARM to conduct their scientific and technological research. ZARM’s non-profit association, Friends of ZARM, also offers outstanding Bachelor and Master theses excelence awards.

ZARM’s main laboratory, the Bremen Drop Tower offers the opportunity for short-term experiments under high-quality microgravity conditions. This makes ZARM a unique institution, providing the only laboratory of this kind in Europe!

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.








Sponsor Spotlight: Die Sparkasse Bremen

On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our key sponsors, Die Sparkasse Bremen. We are grateful for their continued support in making this event as great of an experience as possible for the participants.

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Die Sparkasse Bremen is one of the largest savings banks in germany. Established by citizens of Bremen in 1825 and now with over 1.500 employees Die Sparkasse Bremen is a strong partner for private and business clients. It provides a complete range of banking and related financial services to personal and corporate customers as well as to many charitable, sporting, cultural and educational organisations.

For many years Sparkasse’s corporate finance teams have been supporting founders of new businesses.From start-up phase, passing stock market launch until business succession, Sparkasse Bremen accompanies companies through all their phases.

Die Sparkasse Bremen has the highest rate of market penetration of all the financial institutions operating in Bremen and thus performs a major financing role in the City of Bremen and its region.

We are grateful for Sparkasse Bremen’s support to the StartupWeekend Space – Bremen.

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.