SWSpace Workshop & Fireside Chat

18 September 2015

StartupWeekend Space held a Workshop and Fireside Chat panel on Friday, 18th September. It was an opportunity for the remaining teams that participated in StartupWeekend Space: Bremen in April to share specific challenges they faced in launching their businesses.

Out of the 11 original teams, 5 are still going strong. The teams met at ZARM – the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity at the University of Bremen. Under the framework of StartupWeekend Space, together with WFB Bremen, the day built on their experiences. In particular, it was a chance to assess typical problems that need to be solved when setting up a business in Germany, and starting operations while still in a full-time job.

The morning focused on status updates of the teams’ projects, where they talked about the main concerns or difficulties they encountered and received feedback from the experts and mentors in the audience. A representative from each of the teams participated in the panel where co-lead for SWSpace: Bremen, Magni Johannsson, moderated.

A fireside chat took place in the afternoon – an informal chance for the audience to ask some experts about entrepreneurship topics. These included encouraging work on pre-seed startup ideas and how to get projects off the ground, strategies to help focus efforts within limited resources and seeking service providers for startups. Sebastian D. Marcu, who co-founded Design & Data and was a co-lead for SWSpace: Bremen, moderated this session. The aim was to help the remaining teams turn their projects into successful businesses. We look forward to seeing these start-ups come alive in the city of Bremen.

Did you miss SWSpace: Bremen? Don’t worry! A complete recording of the SWSpace: Bremen’s highlights as a Livestream can be viewed here. Also, the second Startup Weekend Space in Europe takes place on 2nd-4th October 2015 in Gdansk, Poland. Check out the event blog and social media onTwitter, Facebook and Instagram together with #SWSpaceGDN for the latest news and announcements.

Connect with StartupWeekend Space at http://startupweekendspace.co/ and on social media with hashtags #BeSpacial and #SWSpace.

StartupWeekend Space: Bremen was supported by the City of Bremen, Airbus Defence and Space, HE-Space, Design & Data, Space Angels Network, ESA, Startupbootcamp Smart Transportation & Energy, Hill Media, Center of Applied Technology and Microgravity (ZARM)and by Up Global, a non-profit organisation with headquarters in Seattle, which connects a global community of enterprises across all topics and is considered as pivot of the space industry.