ECSECO Event: Leveraging Success in International Markets, a Must for European Space Companies and Investors?

22 May 2024 ESPI, Vienna, Austria


On 22 May 2024, ESPI will host the ECSECO Special Event: “Leveraging Success in International Markets, a Must for European Space Companies and Investors?” at its premises in Vienna.

The agenda for the event can be found below:

09:30-19:30: Event Duration

09:30-10:45: Networking Coffee & Registration

10:45-11:00: Opening Remarks / Introduction to topic

  • Charlotte Mathieu, Head of Industrial Policy and Space Economy (ESA)
  • Matija Renčelj, Research Manager at the European Space Policy Insitute (ESPI)

11:00-11:30: Part 1 Kick-Off Lecture:

Presentation of Insights Space Venture Europe and the Alternative Finance Study (ESPI) angled with relevance to the day’s discussion.

11:30-12:45: Panel Discussion: The Investors View – Generating Revenues in Different markets. A Necessary Approach for European Space Companies?

This panel will explore the feasibility of securing returns on investment in space companies focused on domestic markets, questioning the need for global expansion. Insights from venture capital, governmental space agencies, and leading space enterprises will highlight strategies for profitability with and without exports. The conversation will highlight investment trends, barriers to market entry, and successful approaches from within the industry.

Introduction comments from Charlotte Mathieu (ESA)

  • Greg Shipley – In-Q-Tel
  • Rob Desborough – Seraphim Capital
  • Stela Tkatchova – European Innovation Council (EIC)
  • Estelle Godard – Promus Ventures
  • Moderator: Jules Varma – ESA

12:45-14:15: Networking Lunch

14:15-14:30: Part 2 Kick-Off Lecture:

Steve Bochinger (Novaspace) White-Paper Presentation – “Beyond the Stars – the Middle East Space Ecosystem on the Move”

14:30-15:30: Panel Discussion: Exporting as a European Space Company – Regulatory Challenges, Potential and Competitiveness

This panel will address the market opportunities across the world, as well as the balance between complying with global regulations and exploiting Europe’s innovative capabilities to compete worldwide. Furthermore, the panel will tackle elements regarding barriers to entry, enhancing competitiveness, and the strategic imperatives for European space companies aiming to succeed on the global stage.

  • Mateusz Walczak – Satlantis
  • Eva-Maria Abpurg – Beyond Gravity
  • Olga Stelmakh Drescher – Exolaunch
  • Alexander Reissner – Enpulsion
  • Moderator: Matija Renčelj – ESPI

15:30-15:45: Networking Coffee

15:45-16:45: Panel Discussion: Exporting as a European company – Best Practices from Experts

This panel will deep dive into the practical aspects of implementing space projects, highlighting tools and best practices from seasoned professionals. The session will cover the spectrum from venture capital insights to legal frameworks, support mechanisms from European investment entities, and the role of national export assurances.

  • Michael Zimmermann – Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
  • Charlotte Mathieu – Head of Industrial Policy and Space Economy (ESA)
  • Steve Bochinger – Novaspace
  • Numa Isnard – SpaceAvocat
  • Moderator: Kais Barmawi (ESA)

16:45-17:00: Buffer and Closing Remarks

17:00-19:00: Networking Cocktail Reception

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