Startup Weekend Paris - Space Edition

    Friday, November 25 - 27, 2016

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Paris - Space Edition

Friday, November 25 - 27, 2016

Friday, November 25 - 27, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Paris Campus of emlyon Business School
15 Boulevard Diderot
Paris, France 75012

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Hack the Universe

You want to reinvent space, to make it the playground of your innovative projects? What about making it happen with a unique entrepreneur community during one weekend in Paris? 

Come think out of Earth and beyond to develop a new generation spacecraft, design the next astronaut suit or even start a space mining business. Team-up with engineers, developers, designers, marketers and together make your idea come true.

We welcome all of you, with an idea to pitch or not, whatever your age, experience or training speciality! Join us for 60h in the brand new Parisian campus of one of the most entrepreneurial business school in Europe, right in the centre of the city.

We will run the event in English so that where ever you come from, you can run to Paris on November 25th for 3 days of space adventure.   

The best team will be rewarded with a private visit of the European Astronaut Center in Cologne. There should even be astronauts, and you will be guided by the real astronaut trainers!

Can I participate even if I do not have specific space competencies ?
Of course! No need to be an aerospace engineer, on the contrary! Team are multi-disciplinary. Whether you are a doctor, business developper, designer, AI specialist, engineer, all profiles are welcome will and will be useful!

Do I need to pitch and Friday evening?
No, no need to pitch an idea you can join a team after.

Is it possible to come alone?
Of course! In fact, a majority of the participants register alone! We have planned some activities on Friday to help you form a team that will help you develop your idea.

What is included in the ticket?
The ticket includes all the meals for the weekend (7 in total) and all the drinks. You will be supported by coaches with different profiles all along the weekend.

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Friday November 25th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalise teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work until about half past midnight. At 1AM the venue will be closed for a few hours, you can go get a few hours of sleep.

Saturday November 26th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:30 pm

2:00 pm
All along the weekend but in particular Saturday afternoon coaches and mentors will be there to help you, guide you. You can ask for one-to-one meetings. We will check how things are going with you and do all we can to help

7:30 pm
We all need fuel to continue working!

9:00 pm
The beginning of the second night
Work with your team. Some coaches and mentors will still be there if you need them. You may stay and work until half past midnight.

Sunday November 27th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Final status check
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Preparing the launch-pad
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:30 pm
Final Presentations
It's time to pitch!! Our amazing jury of investors, innovators and representatives from the industry will listen to the presentations and ask questions.

5:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Who will have impressed the jury the most?

7:00 pm
Wrap-Up, Cocktail, Networking
It's time to close the event. You get some time to talk to the jury, mentors, network with the participants.

8:00 pm
It's time to go home!

Event Judges

Hervé Gilbert
CTO Airbus-Safran-Launchers

Thomas Dittler
Private Equity and Venture Investor & Entrepreneur

Thomas leads the Aerospace Group of the Band of Angels in California.
He also manages his own equity investments in Germany and in the USA in start ups and turn-a-round companies.
Over the course of his professional career of the last 25 years, he held technical positions in the aerospace industry with Boeing and Dornier, was a partner of management consulting firm RolandBerger and VC fund Centennium with two IPOs in 1999/2000 and went on to buy out aerospace testing and software engineering firm IABG,
co-managed the turn-a-round and sold in 2010. He has since invested in and is a board member of clean tech start ups and others.

He is a water sports enthusiast and loves to go out on the ocean, swimming, paddling or sailing.

Matthieu Repellin
Investment Partner at Airbus Ventures

Matthieu is an Investment Partner with Airbus Ventures the venture capital arm of Airbus Group which supports early stage startups in aerospace and adjacent domains through equity investment. 

Prior to joining Airbus Ventures, Matthieu was with Airbus Group Corporate Strategy which he joined in 2013 advising on future trends and emerging technologies. He was instrumental in the creation of Airbus innovation outpost in the silicon valley and just relocated from California where he was building relationships with the American startup ecosystem.

Before that, Matthieu spent more than 10 years in the high tech industry. He started as an engineer, designing microprocessors, and later transitioned to market research, strategic planning, finance and strategy. 

Understanding technology, markets and business models has been the connecting thread of Matthieu’s career. 
He holds a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering and an executive MBA.

Benoit Chidaine
Head of Air Liquide Space business unit marketing & sales

Pierre-José Billotte
Author of "Nous deviendrons immortels" and EuroCloud Europe's Founder and Honorary Chairman

Coaches and Mentors

Cyril de Sainte Maresville
Founder & CEO of Fluid Business

Christophe de Dreuille
Head of ISR Programs - Integrated Systems - Airbus Defence & Space

Having spent more than 30 years within Airbus, formerly Matra, I have an extensive experience of the applications of space technologies in the field of Earth Observation, for various sectors (cartography, intelligence, environment monitoring,…). Passionate of space technologies, I propose to share my skills and experience in business development and team management.

Arnaud Bisig
President of Cubeflight

Xavier Wittlin
Strategy manager Airbus-Safran Launchers

- Financial academic background
- 2 years’ experience in corporate development and UAV product portfolio management
- 3 years’ experience in Airbus DS Space Systems strategy  

Arnaud Biard
Chef de projet innovation lanceur au CNES

Arnaud Biard a passé près de 15 ans au bureau d’études de la Direction des Lanceurs du CNES, d’abord en tant qu’ingénieur pilotage et contrôle du vol (GNC), puis comme responsable de l’équipe système performance et mission. Après 7 ans d’accompagnement des développements et de l’exploitation d’Ariane 5 dans le cadre de la maîtrise des risques et de l’application de la Loi relative aux Opérations Spatiales, il est depuis septembre 2016 le chef de projet innovation de la Direction des Lanceurs.

Veronica La Regina
Strategy and Business Development Officer at ESA

Currently Strategy and Business Development officer at RHEA, and appointed at ESA – ESTEC as Business Expert of the Commercial Partnerships’ initiative for space exploration in the Directorate of Human Space Flight and Robotic Exploration. Previously worked for the ESA – Technology Transfer Programme Office, Department of International Relations of the Italian Space Agency (ASI). Even before worked at the European Space Policy Institute in Vienna, at the International Space University in Strasbourg, Telespazio SpA in Rome, Wave Energy Centre in Lisbon and as researcherat different universities in Europe and in the USA. Veronica loves when knowledge and business get together to pursue innovation for the benefit of humankind. She has been a climate-KIC coach since 2012. Veronica holds a Master Degree in System Engineering from Electronic Engineering Department, a Master Degree in Space Policy, a PhD in Economics and a full Graduation in Law. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Paris - Space Edition team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Paris is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Antoine
  • Gaelle
  • Marc
  • Bruno
    Correia Da Costa
  • Morgane


Judith Kreyder
Event consultant, organizer & facilitator

I'm lucky to be organizing and facilitating Startup Weekend for more than 3 years.
Applying startup community’s energy and enthusiasm to my work, my main goal and motivation is to see people and projects succeed. 

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