to: 23 Jul 2020




We are in an exciting and vibrant new era of space. The sector has been heavily impacted by advancements across the entire value chain, from the lowering costs of access to space and advancements in technology in the development of ground segments and communications in the upstream, to cloud computing and data processing in the downstream. Morgan Stanley Research estimates that the global space industry could generate revenue of more than $1 trillion by 2040, up from $350 billion, currently.

There has been a paradigm shift from government-led space initiatives towards commercialisation and the rise of the private sector. In recent years, many “new space” startups have emerged, with space start-ups, private-public partnerships and a new, shared leadership between governmental and private entities. According to analytics firm Bryce Space and Technology, the year 2019 was a record-setting one for start-up space, with more than $5.7 billion in investment reported. In addition, we are seeing how emerging space nations are using space technologies to support sustainable development and economic growth, as outlined in PwC’s “Space2030” agenda.

In this episode, we will explore the current trends in the sector and what opportunities lie ahead in terms of investment. How will all this be impacted by coronavirus and what will the future hold? Tune in to Spaceoneers LIVE.

Manny Shar – Head of Analytics, Bryce Space and Technology

Manny Shar is the Head of Analytics at Bryce Space & Technology, leading consulting engagements for government and commercial clients, having built up Bryce’s presence in Europe from the ground up into a revenue generating and successful business. He has worked across the board on innovative projects from early stage investment to commercial model development in the space and satellite sector, including launch, spaceflight development, and technology forecasting. He previously managed analysis for a multi-billion-dollar portfolio of assets and carried out cross-functional strategic business development activities.

Claudia Mendzil – Programme Director, Seraphim Space Camp

Claudia is the Programme Director of Seraphim Space Camp – the UK’s first accelerator programme dedicated to the rapidly growing SpaceTech start-up sector. They select seed-stage companies with developed, proven solutions and help them to become investment ready as well as to build relationships with Seraphim’s network of sector-leading corporate partners.

Since launching in 2018, 35 startups have been supported via the programme and have collectively gone on to raise investment of £30M in seed investment, created over 100 job opportunities and are engaging significantly with Seraphim Space Camp’s corporate delivery partners. Claudia has been instrumental in supporting these startups and driving their success by overseeing the accelerator programme and by bringing together all aspects of the Seraphim ecosystem.

During the lockdown in the UK, Claudia has taken Seraphim Space Camp virtual, delivering over 600 hours of programme content online to a new cohort of startups. Towards the end of the year, Claudia will be leading Seraphim Space Camps efforts to scale as it launches globally with this new online format.

Prior to joining Seraphim, Claudia was at an early-stage HealthTech startup where she led on implementation projects, marketing and sales strategy. Having been on the other side of the table as part of a startup team, Claudia has helped to create a programme that brings significant value to the SpaceTech startups that join the programme.

Tala Atie – Senior Consultant, PwC Advisory France

Tala Atie is a senior consultant in PwC Advisory France. She is a member of the PwC dedicated space practice, a strategy and policy consulting team dedicated to serving institutional and commercial stakeholders in the space sector, as well as non-space companies with specific commercial interest in space products and applications.

Her experience in PwC spans space market assessments socio-economic studies and space policy, and regulatory matters. She has extensively supported the European Space Agency, the European Commission, Space Agencies in Europe and Worldwide, and the space industry on activities that span the different space domains such as EO and space exploration etc.

Prior to PwC, Tala obtained her bachelor degree in Physics at the American University of Beirut, and her Masters degree in Aerospace engineering from ISAE-SUPAERO, Toulouse.