Host & Partners

INNOspace Weekend would not be possible without the following organisations.

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DLR Space Administration


Acting on behalf of the Federal Government, the DLR’s Space Administration designs and implements Germany’s Space Programme, which integrates all German space activities on the national and European level. INNOspace® is an initiative in the framework of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) “National Programme for Space and Innovation” and part of the German government’s new high-tech strategy since 2014. In close coordination with the BMWi as well as with various federal states, INNOspace® comprises the following instruments:


  • Interdisciplinary symposia to initiate cooperation projects · Expert and user workshops on “new markets” and networking

  • Promoting innovation and transfer projects with funds from the National Programme

  • Ideas competition INNOspace Masters in cooperation with the German ESA BICs and Airbus Defence and Space

  • The mobile INNOspaceEXPO ”ALL.täglich!“ for efficient public presentation of space applications in everyday life

  • Website



Raumfahrt bewegt


Against the background of commercialisation and closer networking between space and non-space industries, the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has launched the “Raumfahrt bewegt!” initiative together with the DLR Space Administration. Its main focus is on the strategic exchange between the space and mobility sectors to promote mobility of the future. Existing collaborations are to be strengthened and the dialogue between the different industries is pushed forward and expanded, in order to create new synergies. Future-oriented, promising strategic topics will be identified and advanced further. “Raumfahrt bewegt!” aims to:


  • identify the contribution that space is already making in order to provide solutions for current and future needs in mobility

  • identify the challenges of mobility for which space can contribute in the future

  • develop common visions for mobility and space future concepts and initiate their implementation.


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Stadt Köln (City of Cologne)

With German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, a piece of the Cologne Cathedral (Köln Dom) flew 2566 times around the world aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Space and Cologne are intertwined – not just with this symbolic act. Astronauts train here at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC).
In this respect, it is logical that the INNOspace Weekend 2017 at the Startup City Cologne will offer the creatives in Cologne an intensive and exciting weekend for space, automotive and logistics. The goal is to strengthen the start-up concept for space and thus also contribute to the transfer of knowledge and technology to important Cologne’s economic sectors. Stadt Köln, the media and internet business hub (“Stabsstelle Medien- und Internetwirtschaft”), is happy to support the INNOspace Weekend as a network partner and wishes all participants an exciting and successful weekend.


The European family-guided company for Space Technology & Security, Telematics and Satellite Services. Domiciled in Bremen, OHB SE (ISIN: DE0005936124, Prime Standard) is Germany’s first listed aerospace and technology company. Two business units offer national and international customers sophisticated solutions and systems. With 35 years of experience in high technology together with its integrated skills in the areas of space technology and telematics, the Group is ideally positioned as a leading independent force in the European aerospace and aeronautics industry. Total consolidated revenues came to EUR 728 million in 2016. OHB SE currently has more than 2.200 employees in different companies all over Europe.


Airbus creates innovative and effective space solutions and services , driving the industry forward. It is a leading provider of launchers, satellites, space systems, space equipment and satellite imagery.

RheinCargo GmbH & Co. KG.

RheinCargo is a logistics service provider on a European scale.
Port and rail in one: This is the recipe for success of logistics service provider RheinCargo GmbH & Co. KG. With a total of seven Rhine ports in Cologne, Neuss and Düsseldorf, RheinCargo operates one of the largest inland port networks in Europe. Each year, more than 25 million tonnes of goods and around 1.3 million (TEU) containers pass through RheinCargo facilities.
RheinCargo is Germany’s largest privately owned rail freight company. With 90 fully owned locomotives and 700 railway cars, we transport more than 22 million tonnes of freight in Germany and its neighbouring countries each year.
Founded in 2012 as a joint venture between Häfen und Güterverkehr Köln AG and the ports of Neuss-Dusseldorf, the 500-strong company is an experienced and reliable logistics partner to major industrial players in the region and far beyond. We connect the Rhineland with Europe and the world.


The ESA Business Incubation Centres (BICs) in Bavaria and Hesse offer the only start-up programme in Germany that promotes company foundations based on technology transfers from and into the space sector from the initial phase up to the marketable product. In close collaboration with renowned partners the programme supports young companies for a period of up to two years. The start-ups receive financial and technical support as an incentive.

P3 Group

The P3 group is a worldwide network of consultants and engineers operating more than 40 locations in 15 countries.
Over 3500 highly skilled and motivated employees specialise in the fields of automotive, aviation, telecommunication, energy and their various intersections as well as serving the public sector. With an extraordinary mix of spirit, knowledge, experience, creativity and curiosity P3’s services have successfully been delivering solutions, innovation and transformation to businesses and adding sustainable value to their clients enterprises since 1996.


Design & Data GmbH

Design & Data GmbH is an award-winning crossmedia agency specialised in science communication and outreach solutions. It produces striking content marketing and creative concepts for the space sector. Its team consists of tech-savvy and design conscious professionals who enjoy the opportunity of contributing new ideas for projects. It is carrying out the INNOspace Weekend on behalf of DLR.


Spaceoneers is a brand by Design & Data that seeks to inspire creativity and innovation within the space sector in Europe. Through its website it portrays entrepreneurs and technologies that are impacting the global space sector, helps raise their profile and highlights the opportunities that are opening up in this ‘new space’ economy in Europe. It produces a regular online comic called ‘Little Spaceoneers’ that follows the adventures of four kids and their robot dog, while they prepare for their mission to Mars.

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