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In volatile times, visions are crucial. They enable us to build a better future, they’re a call to action and they drive us to set out to new frontiers. Exploring space is such a vision and Munich is a veritable European innovation ecosystem in this area. We heard from four players in this unique ecosystem – a start-up, an established business leader, a leading technology enabler and a top university – about what it takes to bring the vision of space exploration to a new level.
This session was moderated by DLD Founder Steffi Czerny.
Marie Langer is the CEO of EOS, a leading technology provider worldwide for industrial 3D printing of metals and plastics. She is also qualified psychologist specializing in organizational and educational psychology. Marie Langer has a degree in corporate leadership from the IESE Business School and founded ELEMENT A, an initiative to promote innovations in education.
Daniel Metzler is Co-Founder and CEO of Isar Aerospace, a Munich-based company developing orbital space launch vehicles. Having brought former SpaceX executives on board as investors, Daniel aims to lower the barriers for commercial space access. He previously led a team of 40 students at the rocketry group WARR developing sounding rockets. Next to his studies in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering he also developed multiple web services.
Helmut Schönenberger is Co-Founder and CEO of UnternehmerTUM, the Center for Innovation and Business Creation at Technical University Munich (TUM). Scalable tech-startups are Helmut’s passion. He is especially interested in startups in the field of smart enterprises, additive manufacturing as well as smart city and mobility solutions. With his background as a founder, aerospace engineer and venture capitalist he loves to help new ventures solve strategy, recruiting, business development and future financing challenges.
Christian Lindener is Head of Airbus BizLab, an aerospace accelerator. Previously, Lindener worked as Managing Director for Wayra Germany, a technology innovation hub. As an independent tech consultant, he has created and advised more than 20 incubator and accelerator programs. He has co-founded several companies, one of which – a virtual reality startup – was sold to booking.com in 2014. Most recently, he co-launched D3 Technologies AG, an open digital operations platform for the urban air mobility market. Lindener was born in Brazil and grew up in Mexico.
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