Mentors

During the event a number of mentors will be available, whom you can ask questions on their field of expertise. Be sure to learn as much as possible from them to develop your business concept. Check their availability on each of the days and use the opportunity to Skype with remote mentors.

Angeliki Kapoglou

Design Strategist

Angeliki Kapoglou is a design strategist focusing on large-scale systems & business design. She grew her career at CERN, NASA & ESA. Her UCL MSc thesis was in collaboration with the ISS Utilization Office at ESTEC, and she has worked with JPL's Innovation Foundry on design methodologies for early space mission concept formulation. Moreover, after spending the last year at one of the world’s leading centres for innovation, Stanford’s d.school, Angeliki became interested in applying Human - Centered Design as a strategic planning tool for international space exploration. She is the focal point of the synthesis of the Moon Village Association.

Prof. Walter Peeters

Professor Space Business and Management, International Space University

Prof. Peeters started his career in industry and followed this by several management positions in ESA. He is the author of the book 'Space Marketing' and has published over 80 articles on incentive contracting, space tourism, space commercialisation and New Space. Since 2000 he has been linked to International Space University as Professor of Space Business and Management, with functions as Dean and President. He is also the Director of The International Institute of Space Commerce, a think-tank for commercial space applications, as well as the organiser of Business Plan competitions at the International Space University annually. He is an advisor to commercialisation activities in Luxembourg and Baltic countries.

Ran Qedar

CEO, Space Products and Innovation (SPiN)

Ran Qedar co-founded SPiN, a space start-up company together with Giulia Federico and Saish Sridaharan. The company was founded as a result of winning first prize at the space startup weekend in Bremen. The goal of the company is to spin in new concepts from other industries into the space world. The first of these is a plug and play adapter to assemble satellites cheaper, faster and better, which won first prize at 2016 INNOspace Master ESA BIC Challenge. In addition Ran works as a spacecraft operations engineer at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt , for Telespazio Vega Deutschland. He is originally from Israel, where he graduated in Aerospace from the Technion Institute. He worked at Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) as an Operations Engineer on LEO satellites and obtained a Master degree in Business and Administration from Tel Aviv University at that time.

Dr Tobias Saltzmann

Research Under Space Conditions, DLR

A chemist by training with a focus on solid-state chemistry as well as materials science, he is now a specialist in the DLR Space Administration department for research under space conditions. They promote research projects which require microgravation conditions and provide the corresponding micrograviation platforms to researchers with their experiments. His task is to advise scientists on the application and the design of scientific experiments on the microgravitation platforms and to examine research applications.

He is looking forward to your questions about funding opportunities, "fine-tuning ideas" for microgravity experiments and applications for research projects.

Rüdiger Süß

Ideas Lead, mygroshn

Rüdiger is involved on a private base in the new space/fintech scene in various ways, for example he was a founding member of a still active and growing space startup. He is interested in sustainable business models, strategic positioning, stakeholder communication by looking from idea to implementation (idea leadership); he also supports startups via equity-based crowdinvesting. In his professional career Rüdiger works in a research centre/agency as a senior strategy analyst looking at long-term, strategic, complex, and interdisciplinary/cross sectional questions at corporate level in an international environment. He started his career in two international consulting companies in the financial services and aerospace/ automotive sector. Rüdiger holds a diploma in aerospace engineering (Stuttgart University) and a master’s degree in Strategic Management (HEC Paris).

Arndt Solms

CEO, myDaylivery

Arndt Solms is the Co-founder and CEO of myDaylivery. He worked for the MVNO market for six years where he met Arunn Rajendram, who also became one of the co-founders of myDaylivery. Together with two other partners, they first founded C.A.R.D-Relations, an external distribution partner of Lebara Ltd. At C.A.R.D-Relations, they successfully connected classic marketing channels with new sales ideas and established a distribution platform. Coincidentally, they took notice of the courier market as a profitable niche market because of its underdeveloped represented situation. With Michael Wilmes, the third co founder, they decided to digitize the courier market and started myDaylivery. The idea was not only to digitize the current market, but also generate synergies to make this market more efficient and reduce excessive carbon dioxide emissions.

Michael Wilmes

Co-founder, myDaylivery

Michael Wilmes is the Co-founder of myDaylivery. During his Master of business administration he worked for myTaxi. He was able to get a deeper understanding of mobile business. There he was part of establishing the business model city by city. Also he experienced how to run a bilateral system as well as managing the fleet of drivers. In 2016 he joined forces with Arunn Rajendram and Arndt Solms who he recently met. Coincidentally, they took notice of the courier market as a profitable niche market because of its underdeveloped represented situation. They decided to digitize the courier market and started myDaylivery. The idea was not only to digitize the current market, but also generate synergies to make this market more efficient and reduce excessive carbon dioxide emissions.

Dr Barnaby Osborne

Associate Professor, International Space University

Dr Barnaby Osborne received his BEng and PhD from the University of Queensland in Mechanical and Space Engineering. His experience ranges from professional engineering (testing and instrumentation) to academia/research. He is an Associate Professor at the International Space University and an Associate Professor and Thales Alenia Space Chair in Small Satellite Systems at ISAE. His current activities involve developing microgravity payloads, CubeSats and CubeSat subsystems for a number of space missions. His research interests include microgravity physics and experimentation and Small Satellites. Dr Osborne has a published over 40 papers in peer reviewed journals, book chapters and conferences.

Remco Timmermans

Director, Seventy Media

Remco Timmermans is a social media communication specialist for the space industry. He writes and implements social media marketing strategies for startups and multinationals. In addition Remco works for the International Space University's annual Space Studies Program and is the CEO of the SpaceUp Foundation.

Mathias Härchen

CEO, Digital Hub Cologne

Mathias Härchen, jurist, banker and business coach, is the digital infected (not native) CEO of the Digital Hub Cologne. Since 2002 he coaches and advises startups and enterprises focusing on business models, funding and subsidies, management and organisational development and company growth. Burning for possibilities of digitalisation and for startups he and his team of four match established companies with startups as possible solution providers. His motto: people, passion, personality! Missing something? Feel free to contact him!

Prof. Dr. Kai Thierhoff

Thierhoff Consulting

Kai Thierhoff is the founder and owner of Thierhoff Consulting. At the University of Cologne, he first studied economics. After completing his degree in 1991, he graduated from the renowned European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel. Already during his studies he worked on well-known strategy consultations like the Boston Consulting Group and the Matrix GmbH in Düsseldorf. Kai Thierhoff has been the initiator, founder and active partner of a number of companies for many years, as well as a valued consultant for domestic and foreign customers. He has more than 15 years of experience in the media, tourism and IT industries. Kai Thierhoff is also a professor at the Rheinische Fachhochschule in Cologne. In his lectures he concentrates on digital media, start-up management and venture capital / growth financing. As a coach, he was active at many start-up competitions and was also a juror in the startup casting show "Mit Liebe gemacht" (WDR & einsfestival, 2013/2014). Since 2008, he has organised start-up conferences such as the Freigeist Conference, the ADVANCE International Web & Startup Conference, and INTERACTIVE COLOGNE since 2013, and is also a member of the Executive Board of the Hochschulgründernetz Cologne.

Alexander Barg

Founding Consultant, Stadt Köln

Alexander Barg is advising founders of the “Freien Berufe” before the actual business start-up. In addition to standard start-up questions, founders are also supported in writing the business plan and receive information on general founding principles in Cologne. The STARTERCENTER NRW accompanies founders on their way to becoming self-employed and even up to five years after their start for free. Alexander Barg will be assisting on Friday on questions around the topic of starting a business and will be available to advise on start-up questions in general.

Bonny Lengersdorf

Lawyer, WSS Redpoint

Bonny Lengersdorf works as a lawyer, specialised in the fields of IT-law, data protection and competition regulations at WSS Redpoint in Cologne, Germany. The main focus of her work is to advise young and innovative IT-corporations in the development of their business models.

 

Bonny Lengersdorf started her career as a lawyer with the law firm Wilde Beuger Solmecke which is specialised in IT- and media law. The focus of her work there was the consultation of IT- and media-corporations in their operational business. WSS Redpoint is specialised in the consultation of Startups and Venture Capitalists. After transferring there she now works on behalf of the legal interests of fast growing startup-companies and accompanies VC investors throughout financing rounds.

Dr Ingo Baumann

Lawyer and Partner, BHO Legal

Dr Ingo Baumann is partner of BHO Legal, a technology law firm based in Cologne, Germany. Ingo has 20 years of experience in the space industry, with backgrounds from the Cologne Institute of Air and Space Law and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). Ingo advises both public and commercial stakeholders on legal and contractual issues for all types of space projects, including R&D, science, Earth Observation, Navigation and Satcom systems and services.
 
Ingo is member of the International Institute of Air and Space Law (IISL), the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL), the Space Law Committee of the International Bar Association, and other relevant associations. He is organiser of the Legal Session of the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit, is responsible for the column "GNSS & the Law" in InsideGNSS, and was co-editor of the renowned book "Contracting for Space - Contract Practice in the European Space Sector". BHO Legal was partner of SpaceTec Partners for the "NewSpace" study on behalf of the German Ministry of Economy (BMWi) and supports several space start-ups in successfully realising their innovative business plans.

William Pomerantz (Skype)

Vice President, Special Projects, Virgin Orbit

Will Pomerantz is Vice President of Special Projects at Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit, the innovative launch provide for small satellites. He's also a co-founder of the Brooke Owens Fellowship Program, Chair of the Board of Advisors for the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, and on the Editorial Board for ROOM: A Space Journal. Will is a graduate of Harvard University, the NASA Academy, and the International Space University.

Justin Kugler (Skype)

Business Development - Advanced Projects, Made In Space

Made In Space is leading the development of in-space manufacturing technologies, ranging from the first 3D printers on the International Space Station to the revolutionary Archinaut system for orbital fabrication. Justin develops capture strategies, manages customer relationships, and closes new business deals for the company's offerings in additive manufacturing, microgravity-enabled materials, and space-based services. His background is in aerospace systems engineering with experience in space exploration and defence systems. He has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M, with a focus on flight vehicle dynamics and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice, with a focus on aero-astronautics and intelligent systems.

Jason Aspiotis (Skype)

Founder & CEO, Finsophy Inc.

Jason is a Millennial technologist and strategist for socio-economic development and empowerment, sustainability, and technological advancement on Earth and in Space. He is the Founder and CEO of Finsophy Inc., the world's first platform for transparent and mission-oriented banking. He has 15+ years experience in entrepreneurial, technical, organisational and project leadership, R&D in applied physics, complex systems design, and business development. His career path includes 4+ years in startups, 7.5 years in corporate aerospace industry, and 3.5 years in academic R&D.

Brian Lim (Skype)

CEO, Hypercubes

Brian is the co-founder of Hypercubes, helping governments and companies globally to mitigate their climate change risk, using next generation earth observation technology. He has lead six space startups to initial investment and profitability. He is currently a member of the Australian Meat & Livestock Investment Advisory Committee, where he advises the industry on areas of further investment In IOT, sensors, Communication Infrastructure and data analytics.

Daniel Rockberger (Skype)

Founder/Chief Engineer, NSLComm

After a career in the UAV arena, Daniel Rockberger graduated from the Masters programme of International Space University (ISU) and then worked for a large space industry company for 9 years designing communication satellites. He was also part of the first group of people to introduce cubesats and nanoSats in Israel and formed his first company NSL Satellites, working on technologies and space education sending 15 experiments to the International Space Station. He is now founder of his second company, NSLComm, in which he and his team are developing an innovative antenna and communication system for high bandwidth on all sized satellites.

Aaron Frank (Skype)

Director - Joint Venture Business Development, Local Motors

Aaron Frank enjoys injecting corporate best practices into visionary entrepreneurial endeavours. He is adept at balance sheet modelling, financial risk/ operational planning, open platform design, software implementation, reporting system process/ production design, technology road mapping, data mapping and analytics, testing, audit/ validation, and business process change management. He is focused on leadership, team development, cross functional collaboration, tactics, and strategy.

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