Over the last 20 years, outer-space has become increasingly commercial, congested and contested. Everyone, from new state actors to tech giants like Google want to make their mark in the skies.
Startup Grind Berlin is partnering up with Eo Ipso Communications to bring you an event that mixes startups, VCs and the corporate space industry for an out of this world discussion on the future of the New Space ecosystem.
The New Space ecosystem refers to a combination of changes in the traditionally state-dominated area of space exploration: new state actors, increasing private investments, and, amongst others, disruptive market solutions allowing for cheaper space-flight. Particularly, startups are playing a crucial role in developing the New Space economy. In fact, Berlin is one of the hotspots for the New Space economy, home to over 70 New Space companies, startups and research institutes.
Did you know that the Technische Universität Berlin is the university with the most satellites in orbit world-wide?
Join us to understand what the future of New Space looks like, and the integral role of the Berlin start-up scene.
When it comes to the future of outer-space, the sky definitely isn’t the limit!
German Aerospace Industries Association
Head of Space
Founder & CEO
Founder & CEO
Nicole Thalhofer is the head of space at the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI). The BDLI is the primary representative of the aerospace industry. As the voice of German aerospace, the BDLI engages in dialogue with political institutions, authorities, trade associations and governments at home and abroad. Representing more than 230 companies, it offers a wide array of member services and is the trademark owner and co-organizer of the ILA Berlin Air Show.
Sebastian Straube is Founder and CEO of Interstellar Ventures, an emerging Venture Capital Fund and New Space Ecosystem Builder in Europe and globally. He is former co-founder and CEO of BSD Germany, a leading Berlin based international advisory company helping multinational corporations to integrate sustainability into their business models and supply chains. Beside running Interstellar Ventures, he is a business mentor in leading international technology startup acceleration programs like MIT Enterprise Forum Warsaw and Singularity University Labs in Mountain View. In 2012, Sebastian was a Member of the Social Responsible Investments Working Group, which was established at the Polish Ministry of Commerce by the former Prime Minister of Poland and the current President of the European Council, Donald Tusk.
Robert took his childhood passion for science fiction to the next level when, together with six friends, he founded the “Part-Time Scientists” and entered the Google Lunar X PRIZE. Over the past decade he has grown the team from a small group of passionate volunteers, to a full-fledged new-space company, employing over 50 people.
Robert wants to increase access to space and enable non-traditional players to take part in lunar exploration. His vision for the future involves developing reusable infrastructures on the Moon that could be used as a blueprint for enabling deeper exploration of the solar system.
Before taking the leap from “part-time scientist” to full time CEO, Robert spent his time as an IT Security specialist working with the German government. He’s probably the only person (foreign agencies aside!) to successfully to hack all eight generations of the so-called “Merkel Phone”, the secure phone that German politicians use – but thankfully he was just testing for security flaws.
Eo Ipso Communications
Founder & CEO
Startup Grind Berlin