Startup Weekend London Space

    Friday, February 8 - 10, 2019

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend London Space

Friday, February 8 - 10, 2019

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

Rise London
41 Luke St
London, UK EC2A 4DP

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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?   

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.
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.  

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

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:45 pm
Finish Up!
Time to head home and get some rest, Saturday is going to be a busy day.

Saturday February 9th

8:30 am
Doors Open
Arrive, breakfast served from 9

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

12:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive! They're here to help and will work with your teams.

1:00 pm

1:30 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

6:30 pm

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

9:30 pm
Finish for the day. Venue closes at 930.

Sunday February 10th

8:30 am
Doors open
Arrive, breakfast served from 9

10:00 am
Coaches Arrive
Final opportunity to ask questions and work on your pitch

12:00 pm

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

6:00 pm

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards

7:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Sam Adlen
Chief Strategy Officer @ Satellite Applications Catapult

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.

Vincent Clot
Director of Open Innovation @ Thales Alenia Space

Vincent has worked for Thales for thirteen years. His first years were dedicated to innovation in space, aerospace, defence and security applications, based in France then the Netherlands. He then worked for Thales UK HQ taking charge of its R&D competitiveness, before taking charge of the sales operations of a $3B Thales business.

He now leads the business and open innovation efforts of Thales Alenia Space, including development and deployment of new business models and relationships with startups.  
Vincent holds a Master of Science from Supélec, a Master of Engineering from University of Wollongong and an Executive MBA from Imperial College London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and a Member of Chatham House. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor sports and mentoring startups.

Kate Arkless Gray
Programme Lead @ Trillium, Freelance Space Journalist

Kate Arkless Gray (aka “SpaceKate”) is the Programme Lead for the Frontier Development Lab, Europe – a research accelerator bringing AI and space researchers together to work on real-world challenges. She previously worked as Head of Communications and Outreach for the German private space company PTScientists. Kate is also an adviser to For All Moonkind, whose mission is to protect off-world heritage sites for generations to come. Kate completed the International Space University Space Studies Programme in 2012 and won NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge twice in London, becoming a global winner in 2013. She organised the UK’s first space “unconference”, SpaceUP:UK and has presented a number of papers at the International Astronautical Congress over the years. She has reported on space for Sky News, Al Jazeera, Spaceflight Magazine and others and maintains a blog and lively social media presence using her “SpaceKate” moniker. Former NASA administrator Charles Bolden called her “a true champion!” and challenged her to get more young people involved with space – something she is always keen to do.

Coaches and Mentors

Betty Bonnardel
CEO + Founder @ AB5 Consulting

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.

Paul De'Ath
Product Design Course Leader @ Central Saint Martins

The design economy in the UK - the value created by those who use design in a wide variety of businesses - is worth £85.2bn as gross value added (GVA) in the UK in 2016 (source: Design Council 'Design Economy'). Paul has been fortunate to be involved in the evolution of the design sector by creating value for businesses across disciplines and across sectors. His consultancy work with global clients and his employment within Fortune 500 corporations has led to a deep understanding of the processes of innovation, creation and implementation of products and services. Through leadership of several global teams, he has gained insights into the complexity of directing and managing disparate viewpoints within creative teams. With this as a background, he has moved into education to inspire the thoughts, ideas and practices of emerging design talent.

Jordan Picard
Digital Incubation Lead @ Inmarsat

Jordan Picard is a five year veteran of Inmarsat, the world leader in mobile satellite communications and one of the UK's leading space companies. He brings experience from multiple areas of Inmarsat’s business, including commercial strategy and sales roles in its aviation business unit as well as innovation in its corporate product group. Jordan has expert knowledge of the commercial satellite industry, with specialization in competitive strategy and value chain dynamics amongst satellite fleet operators and the latest trends in technology evolution.

Alexey Anatskiy
EMEA Lead @ Google

Alexey Anatskiy is an EMEA Lead for Google Maps Enterprise based in London, UK.
For the last five years at Google he has worked in Ads Partnerships and Cloud Platform teams and is now focusing on business development and new use cases for Google Maps Platform in the region with particular interest in logistics, IoT and transportation.
Alexey has more than 15 years of industry experience both at large companies such as Microsoft and as a startup founder.  In his spare time he is a mentor at Google Startup Launchpad program and an angel investor.  Alexey holds an MBA from INSEAD and MSc in Computer Science from Moscow State Technical University.

John Vrublevskis
Planetary Protection Programme Manager @ Thales Alenia Space

John Vrublevskis has significant experience in the space sector, having worked across multiple companies and positions, with a focus on space architecture and mission design.  His current role is as a Planetary Engineering Specialist, advising NASA and supporting ESA in defining the technology that will handle a returned sample of Mars.

Joao Barros
Head of Mobile Ads Support @ Google

Joao is currently the EMEA Head of Mobile Ads Support at Google, managing a specialist team that provides technical support to clients. Prior to this, he was a Site Leader at Amazon, and launched and operated the Prime Now ultra-fast fulfillment service for the company in London. Additionally, he has 12 years of experience in multiple technologies  (eg. digital TV, online video, set-top boxes, telecoms) and has worked in strategy, international business development and global product sales management (focusing on Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East). He holds a software engineering degree, and an MBA from INSEAD. He has also been a judge in the Startup Braga acceleration program, in Portugal.

Allison Rowe
Experience Design Director @ McKinsey

Allison Rowe is a designer, strategist and creative technologist who loves speculating about and crafting new futures. She develops innovative and emotive products, services and businesses that transport us towards a happier and healthier world.

Allison is currently infusing a strategic design direction into business transformations as an Experience Design Director at McKinsey & Company—focused on spotting new commercial opportunities, launching successful insights-driven products / services to market, and imbuing companies with people-centric innovation. Previously she brought to life the future of creativity and immersive computing at Microsoft, and in a past life she developed medical devices for pediatric surgery, managed the global rollout of healthcare software, and helped launch a hardware startup making female-centric sex toys.

Jasmine Cooke
Innovation Consultant @ Bamboo Crowd

Originally from Bermuda, Jasmine has been a recruitment consultant within the innovation & design space for over three years, she has a wealth of knowledge about the design thinking space and it's various methodologies in both consultancy, studio and start-up atmospheres. In her spare time, she's worked with the OpenIDEO platform to help run design workshops for adults and youth.

Shefali Sharma
Senior Commercial Strategist @ Oxford Space Systems

Shefali Sharma works at Oxford Space Systems (OSS), a venture capital backed, early stage space tech business. She successfully completed her undergrad in Aircraft Engineering and later joined Cranfield University for a Masters in Space Engineering.  Originally an engineer, she has now successfully developed and broadened her business acumen, having recently been selected as a 'promising leader' under the Royal Academy of Engineering SME Leaders’ programme.

Dzera Kaytati
Co-Founder @ Maaind

Dzera Kaytati is a designer and entrepreneur working at the intersection of human-centred design, science literacy, neuroscience and AI. She is the founder of future focused design studio Andwhy, where she explores the relationship between design, technology and human evolution. She is a co-founder of Maaind, a start-up developing human-centred AI technologies for future applications in healthcare, as well as in space missions and soon-to-be Mars habitats.

Dzera is also a co-founder of the Mars Society London, a non-profit organisation supporting entrepreneurs in exploring space and Mars related frontiers and co-leads the London Chapter of the Singularity University, an innovation community based at NASA Research Centre. Singularity University explores the use of exponential technologies in tackling the world’s biggest challenges.

Anushka Sharma
Founder @ Nauut

Recognised as one of the Top 100 most influential BAME tech leaders in the UK - Financial Times November 2018. Nush has been active in the tech ecosystem across the UK, Europe, and the USA for 6+ years. Having a Computing background, she’s helped to support new space startups and is focussed on Innovation Strategy for Space. With over 18 years of experience across industry and sectors, Nush provides a unique perspective, with this portfolio experience, she has been described as an 'Expert Generalist'. Nush is an experienced speaker, panelist, and moderator at global events and conferences.

Naaut launched in 2017 following her international work in the Space sector over the past four years with startups, SMEs and Space Agencies such as NASA and ESA. Currently, Project Manager at Frontier Development Lab, FDL is an artificial intelligence research accelerator established to apply AI technologies to challenges in space exploration for the benefit of all humankind.

Nush is a champion for Diversity in Tech and has been an Ambassador for Google for Startups Campus London community #poctech.

Ramon Blanco Maceiras
Propulsion Bids & Studies Lead @ Thales Alenia Space

Ramon has an extensive knowledge of the commercial and institutional space market needs thanks to his role as Propulsion Bid & Studies lead within the satellite prime contractor TAS. From these broad market needs, he has had a focus on understanding and addressing the “New Space” type opportunities and solutions which has lead him to be in contact with a wide range of space start-ups: from end-service customer to subsystem or product based start-ups.

He has a strong interest in innovation and new space technologies and as such he keeps a good outlook for new companies and opportunities within the space industry.

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.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend London is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • 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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