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We want to promote New Space technologies and boost the NewSpace ecosystem for a more sustainable future:

  • We will bring together policy makers, investors, NewSpace entrepreneurs & corporates that do not yet leverage on space technologies to achieve their sustainability and resilience goals.
  • We will organise a NewSpace companies pitch competition
  • We will organise B2B meetings for all Space4Impact ecosystem to interact.

Let’s gather together to create the future of Space4Impact!



Day 1: 25 November 2020


9:00 – 12:00 – Talks & Panel Discussions

How space applications can provide positive societal and environmental impact?

Moderator: Dr. Gaetan Petit – Swiss Space Center Tech Transfer Officer & Space4impact Co-Founder

09:00 – 09:15

Welcome Speech- Space4Impact – Who we are and what we are doing

Dr. Gaetan Petit – Swiss Space Center Tech Transfer Officer & Space4Impact Co-founder

09:15 – 09:30

Opening Speech: Dr. Natália Archinard

Deputy Head of Education, Science, Transport and Space Section at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

09:30 – 09:45

Keynote: Simonetta di Pippo

UNOOSA Director

09:45 – 10:00

Keynote: Prof. Claude Nicollier

Former Swiss Astronaut for ESA & Honorary Professor at EPFL

10:00 – 10:10 Break
10:10 – 10:50

Panel – Space entrepreneurs with an impact

OroraTech: Thomas Grübler / CEO of OroraTech

Dotphoton: Eugenia Balysheva / CEO of Dotphoton

Hydrosat: Vanessa Da Silva / Customer Relations Manager & Dr. Albert Abelló Senior Data Scientistat Hydrosat

Astrocast: Fabien Jordan / Founder & CEO of Astrocast

Planet: Agnieszka Lukaszczyk / Senior Director – European Affairs at Planet

Moderator: Raphael Roettgen / E2MC Founder & Space4Impact Venture Partner

10:50 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:15

Keynote: Isabelle Duvaux-Bechon

Head of the Member States Relations and Partnerships Office at European Space Agency – ESA

11:15 – 12:00

Panel – Space tech for impact investors

UBS: Philippe Schlegel / Corporate Finance Growth Advisory

WEF: Risto Väyrynen / Head of Family Business Community at World Economic Forum

Reference Capital: Sven Lingjaerde / Managing Partner at Reference Capital

Orbital Ventures: Gareth Keane / Investor at Promus Ventures

Airbus Ventures: Mathieu Costes / Partner at Airbus Ventures

Moderator: Julia Binder / Head of EPFL Tech4Impact

13:00 – 15:00 – Startup Pitch Competition

How can space technologies be applied in corporations and organisations to create positive impact?

Moderator: Adela Villanueva – ALKELIO Founder & Space4Impact Venture Partner

13:00 – 13:10

Opening Speech: Raphael Conz

Deputy Director of the Office for Economic Affairs and Innovation at the Swiss State of Vaud

13:10 – 13:20

Keynote: Etienne Schneider

Luxembourg Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy

13:20 – 13:50


RUAG: Damien Moscetti

Switzerland Innovation: Simon Johnson

AP-Swiss & Space4Impact: José Achache

Innovaud: Jean-Michel Stauffer

Tech4Impact: Alessandra Rojas

WWF & Swiss Startup CapitalLionel Artusio

ESA BIC CH & Space4Impact: Cyril Kubr

LSA: Sarah Fleischer

E2MC & Space4Impact: Raphael Roettgen

Startup Pitches


Rural Farmers Hub

Latitudo 40



13:50 – 14:00

Keynote: Carlos Augusto Teixeira de Moura

Brazilian Space Agency President

14:00 – 14:25

Startup Pitches

Satellite Vu


Dymaxion Labs


14:25 – 14:30 Break
14:30 – 14:50

Startup Pitches



Aistech Space


14:50 – 15:00 Pitch Competition Results by Canton de Vaud

Day 2: 26 November 2020


9:00 – 11:00 – Working Groups

Bring together ecosystem stakeholders to build the roadmap for the future of space for impact

Moderator: Adela Villanueva

Space4Impact Venture Partner

09:00 – 09:45

Projects shows

ExoLabs: Reik Leiterer / CEO ExoLabs

Uridu: Marcel Heyne / Uridu Founder

Deltares: Dr. Faraz Tehrani / Deltares Geo – Engineer

PwC: William Ricard / Senior Manager at PwC

Porto Felloni: Simone Gatto / Agricol Technician at Porto Felloni

Moderator: Edoardo Alberti – Space4Impact Venture Partner

09:45 – 09:55

Workshop Instructions

Adela Villanueva

Space4Impact Venture Partner

09:55 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 10:40


How to maximize space tech use for Earth

10:40 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:00

Workshop Conclusion

Results, next steps and closing marks

Adela Villanueva – Space4Impact Venture Partner

13:00 – 15:00 – B2B Meetings

Get to know other ecosystem stakeholders and create business opportunities

13:00 – 15:00 B2B meetings


Key speakers

Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo

Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo

UNOOSA Director

Simonetta Di Pippo is an Italian astrophysicist and the current Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).

Prior to joining UNOOSA, she served as Director of Human Spaceflight at ESA, Director of the Observation of the Universe at the Italian Space Agency and led the European Space Policy Observatory at ASI-Brussels.

Mr. Etienne Schneider

Mr. Etienne Schneider

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg

Etienne Schneider is the architect and the political force behind Luxembourg’s space scene.

As from 2012 to 2020 under successive Luxembourg governments, Étienne Schneider was appointed Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy, Minister of Internal Security, Minister of Defence as well Minister of Health. During this time, he has actively contributed to the development of the Luxembourg space sector by launching in 2016 the initiative and in 2018 the Luxembourg space agency.

Ms. Isabelle Duvaux-Bechon

Ms. Isabelle Duvaux-Bechon

Head of the Member States Relations and Partnerships Office at European Space Agency - ESA

Isabelle Duvaux-Bechon is in charge of:
– the Relations with ESA 22 Member States ensuring the coordination at corporate level of the information on Agency’s policies and actions towards Member States, as well as relations with relevant national and regional bodies, acting as their entry point to the Agency and aiming at optimisation of mutual current and future interests;
– the coordination across ESA of transverse initiatives representing global challenges on Earth, with a thematic (Space & Energy, Sustainable Development and Migration, Health…) or geographical approach (Blue Worlds, the Arctic, Antarctic, the Alps, Africa…), making the links between ESA and potential users; and of the coordination of partnerships with non-space entities.
– the coordination of the ESA_Lab@ network building partnerships between ESA and research entities

Prof. Claude Nicollier

Prof. Claude Nicollier

Former Swiss Astronaut for ESA

Claude Nicollier has been for 30 years a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut of Swiss nationality.

He retired from ESA in 2007, and is currently a member of the Swiss Space Center and honorary professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne or EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) where he teaches a course on “Space Mission Design and Operations”. 

Dr. Natália Archinard

Deputy Head of Education, Science, Transport and Space Section at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Natália Archinard holds the space portfolio at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.

She has been leading the Swiss delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) for more than a decade and currently serves as the Chair of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of COPUOS for the period 2020-2021.

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