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Space Startup Night


Feb 08 2018, Thursday06:30 PM - 09:00 PM Singapore


32 Carpenter Street , 32 Carpenter Street

, Singapore

, 059911


Space tech is not often talked about in Singapore, but it is a deep tech sector that holds tremendous potential globally. At this event, the aim is to inform and connect potential investors, startups and interested public (future employees & startups) about the commercial and investment opportunities in space here in Singapore.


6:30 - 7pm: Registration
7 - 7:45pm: Sharing by locally funded space startups:

- Gilmour Space Tech (Adam Gilmour, CEO & Founder)
- Transcelestial Technologies (Rohit Jha, CEO & Co-Founder)
- Spire (Mark Dembitz, Head of APAC Sales & Business Development)

7:45 - 8:30pm: Panel Discussion with:

- Atsushi Taira, Chief Growth Officer, Mistletoe Inc
- Vishal Harnal, General Partner, 500 Startups
- Jonathan Schiff, Managing Director, Schiff Family Office
- Moderated by Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate

8:30 - 8:45pm: Q&A
8:45 - 9pm: Networking & End


Adam Gilmour, CEO & Founder, Gilmour Space Technologies

Adam Gilmour is the CEO & Founder of Gilmour Space Technologies, a new rocket company that's pioneering low-cost rocket development and launch in Australia and Singapore.

In just 3 years, Gilmour Space has developed a proprietary 3D printed fuel, which it successfully test launched in June 2016; raised US$3.8 million in Series A funding from Blackbird Ventures and 500 Startups, among others; completed and passed its full-scale orbital engine tests; and is now scaling to launch its first commercial suborbital rocket by 2019, and LEO launch vehicle in 2020. Payload capability: 380 kg small satellites to Low Earth Orbit.

Rohit Jha, CEO & Co-Founder, Transcelestial Technologies

Rohit is the CEO & Co-Founder of Transcelestial Technologies, which is developing a laser communication solution to replace existing wireless communication technology.

Mark Dembitz, Head of APAC Sales & Business Development

A creative and analytical self-starter, Mark has 12 years of international experience in strategic business development, consultative sales and account/stakeholder management. He builds strong interpersonal and corporate relationships, and leverage those to create value for customers, partners and shareholders.

Spire Global, Inc. is an American private company specializing in data gathered from a network of small satellites. It has successfully deployed twelve Earth observation CubeSats into Low Earth orbit. The company has offices in San Francisco, Glasgow, Singapore, and Boulder.

Atsushi Taira, Chief Growth Officer, Mistletoe Inc

Atsushi is the representative director and Chief Growth Officer at Mistletoe Inc.. Mistletoe Inc is one of the investors of Astroscale, a Singapore-based satellite services company formed in 2013.

Mistletoe Inc. also invests, incubates and grows startups and venture companies in US, Japan and Asia.

Atsushi's previous key roles includes SVP, Global Business Strategy, SoftBank Corp. and Softbank Mobile, and the Chief Marketing Officer of Yahoo! Japan.

Vishal Harnal, General Partner, 500 Startups

Vishal is a General Partner at 500 Startups, and is responsible for leading and scaling 500's investments and operations across South-East Asia. He's an investor of Gilmour Space Technologies, an Australia and Singapore-based small satellite launch company.

Prior to 500, Vishal was a Senior Associate at law firm Drew and Napier.

Jonathan Schiff, Managing Director, Schiff Family Office

Jonathan Schiff is a Singapore based serial entrepreneur and early stage investor whose business interests have included TMT, healthcare, real-estate, hospitality, mining, and banking. His life focus is empowering the advancement of technologies which further an evolution in human enlightenment and empathy.

Moderator: Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate

Mr Steve Leonard is a technology-industry leader with a wide range of experience, having played key roles in building several global companies in areas such as Software, Hardware and Services.Although born in the US, Mr Leonard considers himself a member of the larger global community, having lived and worked outside the US for more than 25 years.

In his current role as the Founding Chief Executive Officer of SGInnovate a private limited company wholly owned by the Singapore Government Mr Leonard has been chartered to lead an organisation that builds deep-tech companies. Capitalising on the science and technology research for which Singapore has gained a global reputation, Mr Leonard's team works with local and international partners, including universities, venture capitalists, and major corporations to help technical founders imagine, start and scale globally-relevant early-stage technology companies from Singapore.

Note: Refreshments are not provided. You are advised to have dinner before attending the event.