For the fourth time, Space Tech Expo Europe took place at the Bremen Exhibition Centre from 15 – 17 November, 2022. With more than 5,000 experts from around the world, including industry leaders, suppliers and new space startups, #SpaceTechExpoEurope became the largest since its inception in 2015.
With over 500 space companies exhibiting, panel discussions and a variety of networking opportunities, participants got a closer look at the aeronautics and space industry in Europe.
This year, the Space Tech Expo Europe took place at an extremely important time: on the one hand, the morning of 16 November was “lift off” for the Artemis-1 lunar rocket, including the European Service Module (ESM) “Orion”, integrated in Bremen at Airbus Defence and Space. On the other hand, one week after the start of the trade fair in Bremen, the ESA Council Meeting at Ministerial Level would decide on the space budgets for the upcoming years.
The Bremen booth also served as a meeting point for international delegations such as those from the Netherlands, France, Lithuania, Spain and Finland. International guests, important exhibitors and representatives of Bremen’s space scene were officially welcomed by Kristina Vogt, Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour and Europe, at a private reception on 14 November. The traditional VIP dinner in the run-up to the trade fair event took place in Bremen’s historical Ratskeller. The event was attended by 75 VIPs and executives from the international aeronautics and space community.
On 15 November, 2022, the Space Tech Expo Europe began with the first networking meeting with a delegation organised by the French Aerospace Industries Association (GIFAS). The event took place in the Business Lounge in Hall 7. On site in Bremen, the visit was coordinated by the Ministery for Economic Affairs, Labour and Europe (Die Senatorin für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Europa – SWAE) and AVIASPACE BREMEN e.V. Space companies and their customers from France and Bremen had the opportunity to present their various activities and to network with one another. The head of the delegation – GIFAS Chairman Phillipe Gautier – was enthusiastic about the exchange and was convinced that further collaborations and activities would develop from it.
A special focus this year was once again on the space cooperation between the regions of Zuid-Holland and Bremen, which has been in place since 2019. The publication of the new edition of the “Action Agenda 2.0” was officially confirmed in the presence of Minister Vogt and Minister Stolk, from Zuid-Holland. In the upcoming years, successful pilot projects are to be built upon and cooperation in areas such as digitization and lightweight materials research is to be advanced. Workshops were also held on both topics. A video of the signing ceremony can be found here.
To further promote the cooperation between the different space regions, AVIASPACE BREMEN e.V. and the Dutch cluster SpaceNed Netherlands, invited companies and representatives from both regions to a VIP-networking event at the Havanna Lounge in the city centre on the evening of 15 November. For the participants, the event was a great opportunity to strengthen business cooperation and research and development between the space regions.
At the stand for ESA Business Incubation Centre Northern Germany, the focus was on the opportunities available at the location for 30 young international startups in the Hanseatic city. The ESA BIC Northern Germany startups AcquahMeyer Drone Tech., ASTRAIT, Blue Orbit Space Systems, Physens and iorbit were represented. The fair was a great opportunity for these startups to make a big breakthrough. A special highlight: ESA BIC Pitch Breakfast on 16 November. The joint stand (Q27) was run in good partnership – comparable to 2021 – by ESA SME, the ESA Business Incubation Centre Northern Germany, BestofSpace and SME4Space.
In addition, the City of Space, with the help of the Enterprise Europe Network Bremen, offered a matchmaking event on 16 November, specifically for ESA BIC startups. Prior to the event, participants were able to present their company profile in the hopes of finding new potential partners for exchange of information and the initiation of new partnerships. In total, EEN Matchmaking registered a total of 1396 participants from 56 nations, who met for 3144 meetings in the matchmaking areas in Hall 5 and Hall 6. This was a record result, not only for matchmaking at Space Tech Expo, but also for the entire EEN network!
On the evening of 16 November, more than 80 young professionals, students and startups flocked to the Kulturzentrum Schlachthof – not far from the exhibition grounds – for the second “Connecting the Curious Bremen Edition 2022”. The aim of the event was not only for networking within the ESA BIC community, but also to strengthen cooperation between ESA BIC Noordwijk and the Northern German ESA BICs, as well as LDE-Space and the Bremen universities and research institutes.
An extremely successful trade fair week came to an end on Thursday, 17 November. The City of Space is looking forward to welcoming the space industry again to the Bremen exhibition halls at Space Tech Expo Europe 2023 – from 14 to 16 November!