4th Asia-Pacific Space Generation Workshop
Entrepreneurship Speed Mentoring Event
This year’s AP-SGW also features a new optional Speed Mentoring Event. During the event, aspiring young space entrepreneurs will have the precious opportunity to share their ideas, exchange understanding with and learn from established Space professionals in the region.
Schedule: November 13, 2017 (Monday)
Time: 8:30 am - 12 noon
Speech - 7 minutes, with 90 minutes of Discussion with Delegates in Smaller Groups
Confirmed Speakers in Speed Mentoring Session:
1) Dr. Bidushi Bhattacharya, Founder and CEO, Bhattacharya Space Enterprises, Singapore
Dr. Bidushi Bhattacharya is a rocket scientist and entrepreneur with experience in spacecraft development and operations, academic administration, scientific research, and technical writing. She is the co-founder of Astropreneurs HUB, Southeast Asia's first space technology incubator, and Founder & CEO of Bhattacharya Space Enterprises, a Singaporean startup dedicated to space-related education and training.
Her previous experience includes over two decades with NASA as a scientist and engineer. She has analyzed and synthesized technical information and played a key role in fostering communication between academic and industrial teams with varying priorities and work cultures, both within the US and overseas. NASA projects have included the Hubble Space Telescope, the Mars Rover Program, the Galileo Mission to Jupiter, the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory, and others.
2) Mr. Divyanshu Poddar, Chief Educator, Rocketeers Research Institute, India
Mr. Divyanshu Poddar is the founder for Rocketeers. He is a serial entrepreneur with companies such as Pub'd-Up and Specific Impulse Technologies under his belt. A BTech in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology(IIST), he specializes in manufacturing technology and business strategy. He is responsible for complete manufacturing and production of model rockets. He established the first Model United Nations chapter of Kerala and has been a core committee head for finance and publicity for the technical festival at IIST and has worked in the team of Chandrayan--II for a short period of time.
3) Mr. Raghav Sharma, Founder, Xovian, India
Mr. Raghav Sharma is an engineering graduate from National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar. He worked on a project on new and alternative Propulsion system for rockets and short range missiles and published research paper in the International Federation for Automation Control in partnership with Elsevier. He is a speaker and interacted with many students from prestigious institutes across India including IITs, NITs, Central and Private Universities.
After a job experience in the procurement dept. of Escorts Auto Products, he formed his Aerospace venture named Xovian. The company envisage in providing low cost sustainable solutions in satellite manufacturing. The company started its journey by introducing satellite technologies through CANSAT educational modules for University students. The CANSAT module is one of the world’s cheapest module developed for Asia-Pacific region. The company gradually paced up its research and development and tested its 1st amateur rocket which caught the nationwide attention through print and digital media. Since then the company keeps on conducting amateur rocket launches which finds its usefulness in local weather monitoring. In 2015 Xovian signed a MOU with PES University, Bangalore (India) for the joint development in the satellite technologies.
4) Mr. Prateep Basu, COO, SatSure, India
Mr. Prateep Basu is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at SatSure Ltd. He is a seasoned space industry professional with work experience in both the business and technology front. An aerospace engineer from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology(IIST), Trivandrum with post-graduation in Space Studies from the International Space University, Strasbourg, Mr. Basu has worked as a scientist at ISRO, and as a geospatial industry analyst at Boston based Northern Sky Research (NSR), a global market research and consulting firm focused on commercial space industry, prior to starting SatSure – a geospatial Big Data analytics company, based out of London and Bangalore. Mr. Basu's LinkedIn Profile Link.
5) Mr. Sanjay Nekkanti, Co-Founder, Dhruva Space / XseedSpace, India
6) Mr. Gadhadar Reddy, Co-founder, NoPo Nanotechnologies India Private Limited, India
7) Mr. Prasad Bhat, Chairman and CTO, Astrome Technologies, India
(Detailed biographies coming soon...)