New Space Economy

Arctic15, June 5-6, Helsinki

No matter which study or prediction you refer to, the space industry is expected to grow. Conservative estimates place the growth at US$600 billion, while others such as Morgan Stanley expect it to grow to $1.1 trillion by 2040. With those numbers flying between the economists of Earth, it is clear that space is already a lucrative market, and will become even more so as the years go by.

Join us at the New Space Economy Track and explore how to stay ahead of the curve in the emerging new space economy.

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New Space Economy
track speakers

Markus Ranne

New Space Economy Program Manager at Business Finland

Markus Ranne is the Program Manager of the New Space Economy program at Business Finland. Previously he has worked in various project functions at Business Finland, Finpro, European Space Agency and IVO Power Engineering. He has a Master's degree in electrical engineering from Helsinki University of Technology and a MBA from Aalto University.
The New Space Economy program aims to benefit from the growth potential of international space business. The program offers funding, networks and internationalization services for developing global space business, and funds industry disrupting startups, growth-seeking manufacturing companies and businesses focused on data utilization.

Business Finland is the Finnish innovation funding, trade, investment, and travel promotion organization, headquartered in Helsinki.

New Space Economy program:
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Gareth Keane

Partner, Promus Ventures

Gareth Keane is a Partner with Promus Ventures, splitting his time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Europe. Promus Ventures invests in early-stage deep-technology software and hardware companies that are run by visionary and tenacious founding teams. Promus funds companies shaping the future in areas like robotics, AI/ML, space, and synthetic biology. Gareth’s career to date has stretched from engineering roles to venture capital investment. Prior to joining Promus Ventures he worked at Qualcomm Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of Qualcomm Inc. Before that he worked for two years in the corporate development teams at National Semiconductor and Texas Instruments, focused on strategic investment, corporate M&A and corporate strategy. Previously he worked for PMC-Sierra and a number of other technology firms across both hardware and software.

Gareth has an MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, a PhD in Electronic Engineering from The Queen’s University of Belfast (UK) and a BE in Electronic Engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Gareth is also a Kauffman Fellow.

Elia Montanari

Head of Control & Management Office, European Space Agency

Elia Montanari has been Head of Management and Marketing in the ESA Business Applications since 2013.

Truly faithful to his erratic suite of interests, he holds a master degree in Chemical Engineer from the University of Bologna (IT), achieved a master in Business Administration at the Henley Business School (UK) and he is a certified Internal Auditor (IIA, US) with similarly erratic experiences across numerous roles around the globe for Procter & Gamble and the European Space Agency.

Hannah Brocke

COO, PlanBlue

Dr. Hannah Brocke is co-founder and COO at the green tech company PlanBlue GmbH.
In her previous career, she was a marine scientist. She focussed on the effects of human population pressure on the oceans (i.e., Caribbean, Pacific and Oceania). At the peak of her scientific career, she decided to become an entrepreneur. She did this, to better prevent the depletion of our oceanic resources (e.g., fish stock degradation, human pollution into our oceans), by supporting cost-efficient and sustainable industries.

Since 2016, she has become a successful entrepreneur. She has raised both public and private funding and set the foundations of PlanBlue GmbH. Hannah has a keen interest to further her business know-how, and actively participated in accelerator programs such as Climate-KIC, but also conducted personal training and coaching sessions. She especially enjoys finding solutions and new potentials for her business, as well as strategically building networks and infrastructures for her team and company. In December 2018, she pitched on behalf of PlanBlue at the Galileo Masters in Marseille, France. Here, PlanBlue was awarded as the Overall Winner.

Matti Ekdahl

Head of Business Development, ICEYE

Matti is working as a business development director for innovative Finnish satellite startup, ICEYE. ICEYE is the first company in the World to develop, launch and operate a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite weighing less than 100kg. Matti has previous experience in working at startups building up new business and sales. In his job with ICEYE, Matti is mostly working with the largest companies in the World as well as governmental entities such as NASA.

Walter Ballheimer

Co-Founder & CEO, German Orbital Systems

As a little kid, I read stories about the first astronauts and cosmonauts and always wondered, why they are called different, although they do the same things in the same environment. From that day on, one idea always motivated me on my way. It is the deep belief, that space is one of the few things left, which unites people instead of dividing them. This is why I became a space entrepreneur.

German Orbital Systems is the only German company focusing on CubeSats. Our core business is building turnkey satellite missions for customers, we also build separation sequence controllers for cluster launches. Large part of our revenues is invested in research. We have ongoing research projects in space debris monitoring as well as in additive manufacturing of structures and in novel electrical power systems. German Orbital Systems is not venture backed.

Gemma Milne

Writer, Forbes

Gemma Milne is a Science & Technology Writer covering all things deep tech, including biotech, advanced computing, space, energy and innovation in academia, for titles such as Forbes, the BBC, CNBC, the Guardian, and Quartz. She is also Co-Host of Science: Disrupt – a podcast interviewing the innovators, iconoclasts & entrepreneurs creating change in science. As a deep tech consultant, she is an Expert Advisor for the European Commission and Innovate UK, and a Scout for Backed VC. Gemma is an Innovation Jury Member for SXSW and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and she is currently writing her first book on hype and idealism in science and tech.

Pasi Vainikka

CEO, Solar Foods

Dr. Pasi Vainikka is co-founder and CEO at Solar Foods.

Before becoming CEO he led a strategic initiative with the name Neo-Carbon Energy. It was the single-largest renewable energy research in Finland so far. Spin-off projects from that initiative include Soletair pilot plant producing fuel from air, Neo-Carbon-Food concept for producing healthy protein from the air - now commercialized by Solar Foods - as well as the world's first simulation for global 100% renewable electricity system named the “Internet of Energy”.

Dr. Vainikka has held positions as a principal scientist in the strategic research management at VTT Technical research center of Finland as well as in the management of VTT’s contract research in energy. Previously he held a position as the deputy technology manager of VTT’s bioenergy knowledge center, research team leader and a researcher. Dr. Vainikka holds MSc in energy systems form Cranfield University UK, MSc in energy economics from LUT Finland, and DSc in process chemistry from Åbo Akademi, Finland. Dr. Vainikka is an adjunct professor at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT).

Anthony Clarke

Managing Partner, Seraphim Space Fund

Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Seraphim Space Fund and Director Newable Ventures, EBAN President Emeritus and Chairman of EBAN Space

Active Business Angel Investor since 1996. Co-Founder/Managing Partner of £30m Seraphim Capital VC Fund in 2006 and its £67m Seraphim Space VC Fund launched in 2016.
Currently Director of City of London based Newable Ventures (formerly London Business Angels). Chairman of EBAN Space since 2016 and Co- Founder and Director of UK Space Tech Angels.
Co-Founder and Past Chair of UK Business Angels Association (2004-2012). President of EBAN European Business Angel Network (2004-2009) and currently President Emeritus of EBAN. Chairman of the European Commission’s Expert Group on the Cross-border Matching of Innovative Firms with Suitable Investors in 2011/2012.
Qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary at City of London based Deloitte Haskins & Sells (now PWC).

Hasan Malik

CEO, CloudAsset

Hasan Malik is a dynamic business leader with over 17 years of global business development experience in Telecom and IT sectors across Europe and Asia Pacific. Strong go-to-market expertise in creating value and delivering growth leveraging resources and capabilities from own and partner organisations. A track record of successes in delivering sales targets, business improvement, organisation development, relationship & channel management and commercial negotiations. Experience spans multiple industry sectors (Telco, Finance, Resource, Government & FMCG) delivering multi-site solutions & services.

Pravin Luthada

CEO, Addcomposites

At core, I am an engineer trying to solve the most challenging problem with Manufacturing automation i.e. composite manufacturing. In the process of doing so, I have experience in developing customized new processes, commercializing these technologies and building a strong team to support the mission.

Artur Surov

Account Director, Terramonitor

Artur is an Account Director for a Finnish space data company Terramonitor. His main task is to create and deliver a service offering that makes space data accessible to everyone around the globe. By combining satellite imagery with artificial intelligence, Terramonitor can protect forests, enhance agriculture, improve infrastructure and provide unique industry insights.

His prior work history includes being a Founding Partner in Kisu Company, a venture which helps Finnish companies to enter the Chinese market in 100 days. Before that, he lead the marketing efforts in Russia and China for a Finnish food company Myllyn Paras.

He holds a business degree from Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, USA.

Juha-Matti Liukkonen

Director of Space and New Technologies, Reaktor

Juha-Matti (Jussi) Liukkonen is Reaktor’s Director of Space and New Technologies. With over 25 years of experience in designing and building systems at the intersection of software, hardware and humans, you could say he's a true native in all things tech. He has worked with cars, robots, telco systems and heavy machinery. Jussi represents the Finnish space industry at the secretariat of the national space council, has participated in updating the national space strategy action plan, and acts as the chairman of the board at a space tech startup RSL. His favourite place is still earth though

Meet The Track Curator

Valerie Vlasenko

Arctic15 Space Curator, ArcticStartup

Valerie Vlasenko is an entrepreneur tackling the dilemma of popularising space. Founder of VSpace Media and Curator of Arctic15 Space conference - Valerie has rich experience as an entrepreneur, a journalist and a space lawyer.

Today, she is running VSpace, a media consultancy firm with the goal of making space popular and accessible. Member of the Space Generation Advisory Council and with a strong background in Space Law, Valerie interviewed top names in the industry such as: Peter Diamandis, Chairman & CEO of XPRIZE; Luca Parmitano, ESA astronaut; Beth Haley, MD for the European Space Agency at Concordia Station, Antarctica.

She is also often sought after as a mentor to space related startups and hackathons, such as the Tartu Garage48 Space Hackathon. Prior to starting VSpace and joining ArcticStartup - she co-founded two legal startups, and served as a legal counsel in aviation with clients such as Boeing and Amadeus.

Arctic15 New Space Economy track speakers

New Space Economy
Track Program

Wednesday, June 5th 2019

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Opening words
Valerie Vlasenko ― Space Track Curator, ArcticStartup


Keynote: Down to Earth Space Know-How
Markus Ranne ― Program Manager, New Space Economy, Business Finland


Keynote: Customer acquisition for new space startups
Matti Ekdahl ― Business Development Director, Iceye


Fireside chat: How do non-space companies use space in their business and why you should too.
Moderator: Gemma Milne ― Journalist, Book author (Science & Technology Writer), Forbes
Juha-Matti Liukkonen ― Director of Space and New Technologies, Reaktor


Keynote: Bootstrapping a New Space Company
Walter Ballheimer ― CEO, German Orbital Systems


Investor panel: Raising funding for new space companies
Elia Montanari ―Head of Control & Management Office, European Space Agency
Gareth Keane ― Investor, Promus Ventures
Anthony Clarke ― Investor, Seraphim Capital


Startups Showcase
Hannah Brocke ― Co-founder & COO, PlanBlue
Pravin Luthada ― CEO, Co-Founder, Addcomposites
Hasan Malik ― CEO, Cloud Asset
Pasi Vainikka ―CEO, Solar Foods
Artur Surov ― Account Director, Terramonitor

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