On Thursday 1 September, ‘Spaceoneers’ visited the Space Business Innovation Day in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. It featured an exciting programme of inspiring speakers, workshops, one-on-one meetings and networking opportunities. It was a chance to meet some aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as hear from potential investors, and to learn more about ESA’s Business Incubation Centre (ESA-BIC) and what it does to support space startups.

ESA Business Innovation Centre, Noordwijk
ESA Business Innovation Centre, Noordwijk

After a brief welcome and introduction to the event by Martijn Leinweber (ESA BIC Noordwijk’s Community Manager), ESA’s Head of Technology Transfer Programmes, Frank Salzgeber to why “you need more space”. He demonstrated space as an integral component to our everyday lives and the opportunities it offers to aspiring entrepreneurs and investors.

"You need more space" – Frank Salzgeber, ESA’s Head of Technology Transfer Programmes
“You need more space” – Frank Salzgeber, ESA’s Head of Technology Transfer Programmes

 

The information space data can provide is a lot like a lasagne, demonstrated Frank Salzgeber.
The information space data can provide is a lot like a lasagne, demonstrated Frank Salzgeber.

Verhaert, the prime broker for ESA BIC Noordwijk introduced how a mix of disciplines drive added value.

"The disciplines that drive added value" – Koen Verhaert
“The disciplines that drive added value” – Koen Verhaert

After the main presentations followed a series of alternating workshops and one-on-one meetings.

Pitching tips by Jonathan Talbot
Pitching tips by Jonathan Talbot

 

Where are you right now [as a company]?
Where are you right now [as a company]?
 

Social media tips (for startups)
Social media tips (for startups)