Mentor Spotlight: Krzysztof Kanawka
This post originally appeared on blog.up.co
On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our mentors, Krzysztof Kanawka. He will work intimately with you and your team, disseminating his knowledge and experiences, making sure you and your team will be successful.
Krzysztof (Christoff) Kanawka comes from Poland, but during the last 10 years he has lived and studied in Germany, UK, France and Norway before coming back to Poland. After 11 years in academia (from a freshman up to the end of a post-doc) he decided to move to the business sector in the space industry. The first company, called Kosmonauta.net, was started as a Ltd. entity in 2012. This company quickly found its niche in the engineering/business consulting field. The company has also been creating its own downstream applications, utilising data from satellite navigation and Earth Observation.
In 2014 the company experienced a boost due to funds from an investment fund, as one of the first Polish commercial entities in the space sector. The company, now called Blue Dot Solutions Ltd., manages several European Space Agency and Horizon 2020 portfolios as well as portfolios for commercial partners.
During his academic days Christoff participated in several space educational projects, such as European Student Earth Orbiter, ESEO.
StartupWeekend Space is supported by the City of Bremen, the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, Startupbootcamp - Smart Transportation & Energy, Die Sparkasse Bremen, ZARM, Hill Media, as well as Up Global, a non-profit organization connecting a global community of entrepreneurs across all topics. The organization is headquartered in Seattle, US and is considered a hub for entrepreneurial space.