Throughout the weekend there will be an opportunity to learn from some leading experts to help you along with your business concept. Hear from existing entrepreneurs on how they got started, experts in business and finance, together with each of the focus sectors of space, automotive and logistics.

Dr Gerd Gruppe

Member of the Executive Board, DLR

Since 1 April 2011, Gerd Gruppe is Member of the DLR Executive Board, responsible for the German Space Administration.


He was involved in the establishment of the German Space Operations Center (GSOC) at DLR's Oberpfaffenhofen site. Later, as Head of the Department of Research, Innovation and Technology at the same ministry, he greatly advanced the development of Bavaria as a location for space activities, particularly with his involvement in the Galileo Control Centre and the world-renowned Robotics and Mechatronics Center – both based at DLR Oberpfaffenhofen.

Henriette Reker (requested)

Mayor of Cologne

With Henriette Reker, for the first time in its history, the city of Cologne is led by a woman as mayor. In the first round of voting on October 18, 2015, she was able to gather 52.66 percent of the votes as an independent candidate. Her candidacy was supported, among others, by the Cologne parties CDU, Bündnis 90/DIEGRÜNEN, FDP, as well as Deine Freunde und Freie Wähler Köln.

Keynote: Dr Mario Herger

CEO, Enterprise Garage

Founder of Enterprise Garage, a boutique consultancy on innovation, Silicon Valley, intrapreneurship, digital transformation, and gamification. Experience Senior leader with 15+ years of experience in corporate innovation in high-tech companies. Technology & Trend Researcher identifying exponential trends. Leading Silicon Valley inspiration tours for executives helping them understand the mindset and latest trends, guiding them through the network of innovators and entrepreneurs. Consultant working with companies on their digital transformation, intrapreneurship and innovation programmes.

Karsten Becker

Electronics Lead, Part-Time Scientists

Karsten is absolutely passionate about making developers more productive. This can mean to smarten up existing IDEs, but it can also be a new (domain specific) language such as PSHDL. Besides that he also enjoys tinkering with electronics or building lunar rovers. At Part-Time Scientist he guides the electronics teams to develop hardware (PCB Design, FPGA programming, Embedded programming).

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.

Guillaume Girard

Partner, Zero 2 Infinity

Guillaume has 13 years of experience in the sector. With 2 Masters of Sciences in Energy Conversion and Project Management, he started his career as a satellite propulsion engineer for Thales Alenia Space and then shifted to Operations. In 2007, Guillaume moved forward to operate the ISS Columbus module from the German Space Operations Center. He worked as a spaceflight controller for 8 years and then moved to INSYEN AG. Before graduating from his MBA, Guillaume became a partner of Zero 2 Infinity, where he is working to develop the company’s strategy and international outreach. Guillaume is also deeply engaged in the IAF and works as vice-chair of the Workforce Development – Young Professional Program committee and as Human Spaceflight committee secretary.

Ugo Celestino

Space Policy Officer, European Commission

Since 2007, Ugo Celestino has worked for the European Commission at the EU Satellite Navigation Programmes (EGNOS & GALILEO), in the Directorate General GROWTH, where all space activities of European Union are managed. He is in charge of fostering the development of downstream applications in transport domains, via policies, research funds and other means, including awards for innovative ideas. He holds a degree in economics and an MBA from INSEAD.

Mikael Moeslund (Skype)


Mikael Moeslund is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Automotive IT Company LOYALTY FACTORY GmbH, which has an office in Chemnitz, Germany, and a second one in Aarhus, Denmark. LOYALTY Factory has developed the predictive automotive lead-management and sales acceleration software EASI'R, which is used by more than 2,600 car dealerships and more than 16,000 users all over Europe. Besides from his activity at LOYALTY FACTORY, Mikael Moeslund is also Board Member at Scandi Logistics Danmark A/S. Before he co-founded his own company, Moeslund was working in the position of a Customer Care Specialist at Daimler AG and as an Automotive Economist at Toyota.

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, it one 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.

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