EBAN launched EBAN Space in December 2016 to promote and advance Europe’s ecosystem for entrepreneurship, innovation, and investment in the space sector. EBAN Space is to be the centre of the European space ecosystem, gathering early stage and high level players within the industry.
The mission of EBAN Space is to bring together European national and pan-European organisations to become the hub for the continent’s journey to the stars. It also aims to help promote the use of technology from the space sector, and technologies that have future space applications.
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EBAN Space Chairman, Co-Chairman Luxembourg Space Tech Angels
Fabrice Testa is a serial entrepreneur and an innovator who successfully founded, co-founded or participated in the launch of multiple tech startups which created hundreds of jobs and generated multi-millions revenues. As an angel investor, he is the Chairman of EBAN Space Executive Committee and the Co-Chairman of the Luxembourg Space Tech Angels association. Fabrice Testa is also a mentor in several national and European startup support programmes.
He holds a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from University of Liege and a MBA from Solvay Business School. He also completed a number of post-graduate degrees at MIT in Strategy & Innovation and Machine Learning, and at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business in Venture Capital.
EBAN Space Chairman Emeritus, EBAN President Emeritus and Managing Director at UK Space Tech Angels & Newable Private Investing
Anthony is professionally a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Legal Secretary having qualified whilst with the City of London based Deloitte Haskins & Sells.
His early career post qualification was as a CFO and CEO of a number of U.K. based SMEs before becoming a serial angel investor nearly 25 years ago. During this period he founded the UK’s first Government backed Angel Co investment Fund in 2002 namely London Seed Capital where he was also its CEO. He also founded London Business Angels twenty years ago and sold this business and its associated Angel VC arm to City of London based Newable Group in 2017. He remains as an Investment Committee member of Newable’s private investment arm.
Anthony joined the Board of EBAN in 2004 and served as its President from 2004/2009. He is currently President Emeritus of EBAN. He also co founded UKBAA in 2003 and was its Chair from 2004/2012.
Anthony is a co founder and Managing Partner of early stage City of London based VC firm Seraphim Capital which was established in 2006. It manages circa 125m EUR which includes the world’s first Series A Space Fund notably Seraphim Space Fund which was launched in 2016.
Anthony cofounded EBAN Space in 2016 and was its President until 2019. He is also a Board Member of the UK’s Space Research and Innovation Network ( SPRINT)
CEO of Seraphim Capital
Mark Boggett is CEO of Seraphim Capital a London based venture firm. The team manage the recently launched Seraphim Space Fund, a pioneering new fund backed by a range of leading space corporates seeking investments in space related start-ups. He is also director of UK Space Tech Angels and is Chairman of the London Co-investment Fund – one of the most active seed investors in Europe. Prior to Seraphim he was at YFM Equity Partners serving on their main board for a number of years and working on the British Smaller Company VCT 1 and 2. He has a Degree in Accounting & Finance, MA in Economics & Finance from the University of Leeds and a range of professional investment qualifications.
Innovation and Ventures Officer at ESA
Highly motivated business professional with excellent organization and communication skills. Able to successfully connect technology and business, identify investment opportunities and carry out the implementation of strategic partnerships. Worked intensively on innovation, high-tech, start-ups, business development and strategic thinking projects. Investment manager in pre-seed and seed phase, and advisor to several start-ups. Extensively participated in projects in North & South America, Asia and Europe with governments, universities, start-ups and big corporates. Experienced in multicultural, diverse and international teams.
Specialties: General management, operations management, Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer, open innovation, entrepreneurship, strategy, start-ups, non-equity investment, portfolio management, project management, customer relationship, business development and funding, design thinking, partnerships, growth.
CEO of FunderNation
Uli is the CEO of FunderNation, Germany’s only crowdinvesting platform that is run by a team of investment professionals. She is also one of the founders and CEO of Triangle Venture Capital Group, one of Europe’s leading investors in HighTech start-up companies.
Uli served as Chairwoman of Invest Europe (formerly the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association – EVCA) in 2010-2011. She was also named the most powerful person in private equity for 2010 by REAL DEALS and has been recognised by Dow Jones as one of the 100 most influential women in Europe’s finance industry.
Throughout her career, Uli served on numerous boards of companies and has been a longstanding board member of the EVCA. She currently serves on the board of iPharro, semafora and SemEO. Uli is member of the Space-Tech Advisory Council, the aws Seed Financing Board in Vienna, the Kuratorium of Fraunhofer MOEZ in Leipzig and the EBAN Space Executive Committee.
Uli was one of the pioneers in the early internet days, programming BTX (the German internet predecessor) back in ’88. She graduated at the age of 21 from the University of Applied Sciences, Worms with an MBA. Before co-founding Triangle Venture Capital Group in 1996, Uli has been CEO and founder of a number of start-up companies which she later sold successfully.
Uli is an unflinching optimist and an entrepreneur to the core – so it’s best not tell her something “does not work”. In her leisure time Uli enjoys snowboarding, ballroom dancing and cooking.
Tor E. Fyksen
Board Member at Luxembourg Business Angels Network
Co-founder of two consumer banks, Bankia Bank AS (Norway, 2001) and Advanzia Bank SA (Luxembourg, 2005). Member of board of directors since inception of the latter.
Establishing enterprise risk management, credit risk analytics and scoring functions for credit risk management and internal control functions. Establishing functions for handling outsourcing strategies, ICT, fraud prevention, customer support and claims and collection management.
Previously several years of experience from managing large international procurement projects in the offshore engineering industry and the utilities sector. Also worked as management consultant and advisor engaged in change management projects, implementation of financial control systems and implementation of project management training programs for private and public organisations.
Specialties: Business strategy and use of data analytical models and processes, international business development, project management, enterprise risk and credit risk management, and business process engineering/outsourcing/procurement and ICT operations.
Managing Partner at SpaceTec Capital
Rainer Horn is the Managing Partner of SpaceTec Capital, an early stage investor in space-related technologies which enable the digitalisation of large industries and address infrastructure challenges. SpaceTec Capital also advises investors on M&A transactions and start-up coaches in business and technology strategy.
Rainer is also leading the consulting firm SpaceTec Partners and a member of several institutional boards in space programmes in Europe and Asia. Prior to becoming a successful entrepreneur, Rainer was the leader of the European space consulting practice at Booz Allen Hamilton. Rainer has studied at ESB in Reutlingen & London and he attained an MBA from INSEAD.
Serial Space Entrepreneur & Investor, EBAN President Emeritus
Candace Johnson is a co-founder of SES, the world’s pre-eminent satellite group and the architect of SES Global. She is also the founder of various companies as Loral Cyberstar-Teleport Europe, Europe’s first independent private trans-border satellite communications network, and Europe Online, the world’s first Internet-based online service and a founding investor and Member of the Board of Kacific, the high-throughput Satellite Internet System for the Pacific.
Under her presidency of EBAN, she co-founded MBAN, the Middle East Business Angel Network and ABAN, the AfricanBusiness Angel Network. Ms. Johnson is also the President of three investment funds and is the founder of the Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN), Global Board Ready Women (GBRW) and the VATM, the German Association of Private Telecom Operators.
Deputy Director for Space at Aerospace Valley
Philippe has spent 20 years in space industry, essentially in earth observation and science domains as team manager and expert role, more oriented on future programs.
In parallel, I have developed an international training experience in several fields:
– directly linked with my professional domain (validation domain)
– within the university for project management trainings dedicated to research worker
– scientific vulgarization for journalists
Since 7 years, I’m working in the bigger European Aerospace cluster, Aerospace valley, based in Toulouse.
Philippe is in charge of space activities and European project. I’m also one of the French Space NCP and Im the project manager of the “Esa Bic Sud France”, an incubator dedicated to space and supported by ESA.
Since July 2014, I’ve found a company in Poland, Kapitech, dedicated to the support of the Polish industry for space.
Managing Partner at CobinAngels
Robert graduated from the Carlson School of Management MBA program and the Warsaw School of Economics as well as individual intercollegiate studies at Catholic University of Lublin, Lublin University of Technology and Maria Curie-Skłodowska University. Co-founder and Managing Partner at CobinAngels, business angel network, entrepreneur, investor.
He is an expert in diffusion of innovation, business models and organization and development of new ventures. Mentor and member of evaluation teams in start-up contests, investor and coach in several innovative technology startups. Member of the supervisory boards and control bodies of a number of companies listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange, including WorkService S.A. He has extensive experience gained while working on managerial positions in global technology companies such as Xerox, Hewlett-Packard, recently Atos.
He supervised and was responsible for the implementation of a number of innovative projects in Poland like STORK EU, projects in collaboration with Atos Research & Innovation and ASE Scientific Community. He created and supervised the implementation of strategies in the area of introducing new products and technologies as well as marketing and sales on the Polish and regional markets of Central and Eastern Europe, Israel, Egypt and Turkey. He also held a number of functions in industry and social organizations including President of Business Students Club, Member of the Board of Polish Chamber of Information and Telecommunications, Warsaw Executive MBA Alumni Association and French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Poland. Initiator of the Business Angels Poland Confederation and a member representing Poland in Business Angels Europe Association and EBAN Space Executive Committee.
CEO at Angelus Funding
Stephan is Executive Director of Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Space, a global ecosystem for Astropreneurs, and serves on the Executive Committee of European Business Angels Network (EBAN) Space.
Stephan is a Co-Founder and CEO of Edge of Space, a company enabling STEM access to space for students globally. He is the Co-founder and CEO of Angelus Funding, a trust-based global angel network investing in innovative and meaningful opportunities.
Stephan serves on the board of directors of numerous companies and has personally made 39 investments since 2012. He is also an adjunct professor at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, teaching entrepreneurial presentation and sales methods.
Venture partner at Superherocapital
Ivo is Venture partner for Superherocapital and is based in Tallinn. He is experienced serial entrepreneur, angel investor, author of a book and also serves as ESTBAN, Romivo.com and Ridango.com board member, EBAN Space Executive board member and as ESA BIC mentor. Before joining Superherocapital he was involved with Startupwiseguys accelerator and Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol.
Private Angel Investor, Head Of Technology Transfer And Business Incubation Programme Office, Directorate Of Technology Engineering and Quality at the European Space Agency
Frank M. Salzgeber is the Head of the Technology Transfer Programme Office at the European Space Agency (ESA). Prior this post he was the Head of Commercial Development in the European Astronaut Department of the Directorate of Human Spaceflight Microgravity and Exploration at the European Space Agency. Prior to joining ESA, Frank held the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO and CFO) at an IT startup headquartered in Munich, Germany. Frank also spent seven years at Apple Computer initially as an account manager and then as a sales manager, covering Central Europe and being positioned in the US and Czech Republic. Frank is a member of the advisory board of the Triangle Venture Capital Group, the board of directors of European Business Network (EBN) and was founding chairman of the EIROforum working group on Innovation management and knowledge/technology transfer.
Frank is a senior expert and a passionate speaker in the field of open innovation, entrepreneurship, future trends and technologies. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering, is married, has two sons and lives in the Netherlands and Bavaria.
EBAN Space News
May 15, 2020
ACCESS.SPACE Alliance calls for extraordinary measures to support the small satellite sector and counteract Covid-19 crisis London, UK, 24 March 2020 – In view of these difficult times when the Coronavirus ‘Covid-19’ is threatening lives and the economic future of many, the ACCESS.SPACE Alliance, which represents the small satellite sector and its stakeholders, expresses its worries and concernsApril 2, 2020
Fabrice Testa Succeeds Anthony Clarke as New EBAN Space Chairman Premier Angel Group has invested more than 30 million Euros into Space-Tech Start-Ups since its launch in December 2016 EBAN is pleased to announce that Fabrice Testa, Space-Tech Entrepreneur and Investor, Co-Chairman of Luxembourg Space Tech Angels (LSTA), and Senator for Luxembourg at theJanuary 23, 2020
Innovation Showcase featured KLEOS Global (LU-Space Situation Awareness), HIBER (NL-IoT), Sofant Technologies (UK- SatCom and 5 G RF MEMS), OroraTech (DE-On-Board Cube Sat Processing for InfraRed Big Data Collection), Infinite Orbits (UK/LU – Docking and Autonomous Control forGEO Satellite Life Extension) and Zubax Robotics (EE – Electric Propulsion) 13 May 2019. Cannes. EBAN Space, Europe’sMay 14, 2019
EBAN Space Resources
The space industry is in the midst of a radical transformation. When SpaceX started launching its rockets a decade ago–making it far easier for commercial space startups to enter the market–it triggered a wave of entrepreneurial innovation. Today, Space is a $400B market that touches every aspect of our lives, from location-based services to globalFebruary 12, 2019
The future of the European space sector – How to leverage Europe’s technological leadership and boost investments for space ventures
Europe boasts a strong space sector. This is largely the legacy of successful space programmes, particularly those on satellite navigation and Earth observation, mostly built on public support. However, the space sector is undergoing unprecedented transformation and development on a global scale. Major technology advancements, a new entrepreneurial spirit and a renewed policy focus haveJanuary 22, 2019
The space industries, since their inception in the late 1940s, have been discrete, relatively niche sectors whereby political and military considerations superseded scientific and market rationales. This status quo is changing rapidly in recent years with increased commercialization of the sector and thus, poses the problem of access to finance, especially for small and mediumOctober 22, 2018