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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 and ESA Join Forces to Propel Investments in Space Tech Startups

Brussels, January 23, 2024 – EBAN and ESA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 16th European Space Conference. The MoU was signed by ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher and EBAN Director General Jacopo Losso, with the presence of Gianluigi Baldesi, Candace Johnson, Ted Elvhage, Lorenzo Scatena, Rainer Horn and Justyna Redelkiewicz.

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  • Ted Elvhage

    EBAN Space Chairman, Managing Partner at Rymdkapital

    With a successful track record from backing European new space founders and recognized as a thought leader and successful angel investor in more than 50 startups and scaleups in the Nordics, Ted brings his entrepreneur spirit and business management as a founding partner of the Stockholm Business Angel Group in 2008, chairman of Keiretsu Forum Nordics since 2016 to support and invest in founders building new category winners in the spacetech segment.

  • Rob Desborough

    Managing Partner Seraphim Space Fund, CEO Seraphim Space Camp

  • Uli Fricke

    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.

  • Rainer Horn

    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.

  • Candace Johnson

    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.

  • Stephan Reckie

    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.

  • Gianluigi Baldesi

    Head of the Ventures and Financing Office at ESA

  • Nick Appleyard

    Head of Space Solutions at European Space Agency – ESA

  • Justyna Redelkiewicz

    Head of Sector Consumer Solutions, Market and Technology at EUSPA

    Justyna Redelkiewicz is the Head of Sector Consumer Solutions, Market and Technology at the European Union Agency for Space Programme (EUSPA). EUSPA’s core mission is to provide reliable, safe and secure space-related services from European space programs such as Galileo, Copernicus and GovSatCom, maximising their socio-economic benefits for the society and businesses.

    Within the Agency Justyna is leading the Cassini initiative, encompassing a set of support activities for EU start-ups, offering funding opportunities for the development of space downstream products and solutions. She is also in charge of the market and technology research at EUSPA, managing publications of annual reports on satellite navigation and Earth observation use in various industries. Prior to joining EUSPA, she held business management responsibilities in Toshiba, Comarch and Nestle. She has a Master degree in International Business from Poznan University of Economics, Master in Business Administration from Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL) and she is also an alumni and visiting professor of International Space University

  • Lorenzo Scatena

    Secretary General of E. Amaldi Foundation

  • Alexandre Mencik

    Board member at the ACCESS.SPACE alliance and investor

    Alexandre is an entrepreneur, co-founder of startups and the founder and CEO of the Space Platform.
    He serves on the board of the ACCESS.SPACE alliance and of other organizations.
    Alexandre works extensively on public funding and invests in startups as an angel and through ventures. He is also a mentor for several space-related startup support programs.
    Alexandre is a former Executive Director of a Fortune 200 company, represented aerospace clients and served in the European Commission. He has a background in spacecraft technologies from the CNES, a Juris Doctorate and a Master in Air and Space Law.

  • Petr Sima

    Founder at DEPO Ventures

    Founder of DEPO Ventures with 25 years of experience in M&A and Corporate Finance with emphasis on business valuation. Founder of Angel Network and Grouport Investment Fund. Petr has extensive VC and Investor exposure accumulated over the years
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EBAN Space Chairman Emeritus

  • Fabrice Testa

    EBAN Space Chairman Emeritus, 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.

  • Anthony Clarke

    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)





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