Startup Weekend London Space

    Friday, February 8 - 10, 2019

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend London Space

Friday, February 8 - 10, 2019

Friday, February 8 - 10, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

32 Cubitt St
London, UK WC1X 0LR

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Build a Space Business in two days!

Are you excited by the idea of building a business in space?  Do you have an idea, or a problem you'd like to solve, or do you just want to get involved in the NewSpace revolution, but don't know where to start, or who to start with?   

Powering Space is running an event series over five months, helping you build a business in the space sector.  Our Space101 event will give you the opportunities, Space102 will give you the tools, and Space103 (after the Startup Weekend) will explain where funding comes from for space businesses.  Once the Startup Weekend is finished, we'll be supporting all our entrepreneurs for three months, with introductions to funding opportunities, networking events and mentoring, before holding a SpaceUp UnConference, where all our teams can pitch to investors, angels and corporates for funding and further support. 

London Startup Weekend Space is the starting point for building a whole new business.  

What do you need to bring?
  Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.   Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can be anything, provided it involves the space sector in some way. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.  

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience.
Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors, as well as opportunities to meet key players in the space sector
  • Datasets from Spire Global, Sentinel 2 and more
  • Support on the day from OpenCosmos to help you understand how to launch your own space mission
  • Access to customers to validate your business ideas against
  • Awesome space-themed swag - stickers, t-shirts and more
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!   Still have questions, feel free to reach us at   Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!   No talk, all action!

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Friday February 8th

6:30 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

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 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 formalize 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 as late as the venue will allow

Saturday February 9th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday February 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Sam Adlen
Chief Strategy Officer

Sam is Chief Strategy Officer at the Satellite Applications Catapult, an independent innovation and technology company, created to foster growth across the economy through the exploitation of space.  Sam is responsible for developing a strategy that best supports UK space sector growth, working with the world class academic base and supporting development of the next generation of high growth business.   Following a PhD in remote sensing, working on a NASA Mars mission, Sam joined the VEGA Group as a consultant focusing on satellite applications. From there he held senior space sector strategy roles in Finmeccanica, started and successfully exited a start-up in the logistics sector and was Lead Technologist for Space at Innovate UK (the UK’s Innovation Agency). Sam holds an MPhys and PhD from Oxford University and an MBA focussed on Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Imperial College London.

Coaches and Mentors

Betty Bonnardel
CEO + Founder

Betty is CEO and Founder of AB5 Consulting, a consulting company based in UK specialised in high technological sectors, including satellite, telecommunications, transport and nuclear. Her experience includes the management of complex international projects in the defence, nuclear, transport of dangerous goods and aerospace sectors. She holds two Masters in Science in aeronautical and space engineering, a diploma in international nuclear law and a MBA. Betty is member of the Women in Engineering and Science (WES) Council in the UK, chair of the UK Chapter of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), a founder of Women in Nuclear UK and ex-Vice-President, and board member of the International Women in Engineering and Science (INWES) Europe.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend London Space team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend London is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Anna
  • Charlie
  • Alex
  • Flora


Sean Paul
Program Manager at CoPilot Ipark Tech Startup Accelerator, Norway

Sean Paul Shanor is a Norwegian American entrepreneur, facilitator,
coach, and speaker with a drive to connect, enable, and inspire
individuals to fuel their passion, build startups, and empower others with the right tools and ecosystem support to succeed. He is a techgeek, jackof-all-digital-analog-trades entrepreneur that has learned how to piece together startups at low cost, high impact, and by facilitating key partnerships to leverage assets any team needs.

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