ESTEC 50 Years Anniversary

ESTEC 50 Years Anniversary
Noordwijk, 3 April 2018. It was a privilege and honour to moderate the anniversary panel of ESA/ESTEC retired staff; some of them representing the first cohort of ESA employees staffing ESTEC. Amazing stories from behind the scene that resonate with the current and next generations of ESTEC personnel, now shaping the future of ESA in the 21st century!

From left tot right: Heidi Graf, Rudi Meiner, Theo vd Laar, Cornelis Eldering

Credits: Rudi Meiner

Tweakers.net Meet-Up

Tweakers.net Meet-Up
Enschede, 23. May 2017. Having a great audience at the Tweakers Meet-Up event at the University of Twente, organised by Tweakers.net, the largest web-based electronics user community of the BeNeLux.

Credits: Tweakers.net

Inauguration ESA BIC Madrid Region

Inauguration ESA BIC Madrid Region
Madrid, 23 February 2017. Celebrating the official inauguration of ESA BIC Madrid Region with already 14 incubated start-up companies presenting their space based solution to international markets.

From left tot right: Cornelis Eldering (ESA), Nuria Hernandez-Alfageme (ESA), Federico Moran (Madrimasd), Begona Criscreto (Secretary General for Industry and SMEs), Director General Jan Woerner (ESA), Eduardo Diaz (ESA BIC) , Carlos Romero (ESA BIC), Javier Ventura (ESA), Jose de la Sota (Madrimasd).

Credits: ESA

2 Years ESA SpaceSolutions Centre Portugal

2 Years ESA SpaceSolutions Centre Portugal
Coimbra, 23 November 2016. The second year anniversary of ESA BIC Portugal -now 12 start-ups strong in Coimbra, Porto and Lisboa-, as well as the ARTES Small Apps programme and the National Technology Transfer Initiative. It is important to celebrate milestones right from the beginning!

From left tot right: Cornelis Eldering (ESA), Bruno Carvalho (Active Space Technologies) and Prime-Minister António Costa.

Credits: IPN

Launch ESA Space Solution Centre Ireland

Launch ESA Space Solution Centre Ireland
Cork, 8 September 2016. The inauguration of ESA Space Solution Centre Ireland included a visit to the Irish Maritime and Energy resource Cluster (IMERC), one of the four partners of ESA SSC Ireland.

From left tot right: Martin Wall (IMERC), Commander Paddy Harkin (Irish Naval Service), Lluc Diaz (ESA), David Gibbons (ESA SSC), Cornelis Eldering (ESA).

Credits: IMERC/ V.Cummins

CEMS Benchmarking Event

CEMS Benchmarking Event
Paris, 24 May 2016. The topic of this edition of the CEMS Partners Benchmark meeting was "Creating Space For Talent". 50 professionals from corporate partners and academic members of CEMS -the Global Alliance of Management Education- came together at ESA HQ in Paris to share their experiences on working with young talents from the CEMS community and how these talents can generate innovation and technology transfer amongst the corporate partners.

Credits: CEMS

RSM Distinghuished Alumni Awards

RSM Distinghuished Alumni Awards

Rotterdam, 2 October 2015; With great honour I accepted the Rotterdam School of Management Distinguished Alumni Award for Entrepreneurial Society and Business Solutions in the Senior Leader category during the RSM Leadership Summit. I would like to thank the academic staff for the fantastic collaboration all these years and my management at ESA for supporting our activities with the business education community. And off course all the future leaders, i.e. the students, with whom I am working on concrete business opportunities bringing space to the terrestrial market environment! Give back to your university, where ever you may be in your careers!

Credits: O. Ten Doeschate / J. Van de Streek

Global Space Innovation Conference

Global Space Innovation Conference

Munich, 24 June 2015; It was a pleasure to be moderating one of the international expert panels at the Global Space Innovation Conference 2015. During this conference, we also announced a new partnership agreement with EBAN, the European Business Angel Network.

Panelists: John Freisinger (Technology Ventures Cooperation); Alexey Belyakov (Skolkovo Foundation), Gian Gherardo Calini (GSA), Amnon Ginati (ESA), Takayuki Kawai (JAXA), Didier Lapierre (CNES), Thorsten Rudolph (AZO). 

Credits: Iafastro/IAF

10 Years ESA/RSM/CEMS Seminars

10 Years ESA/RSM/CEMS Seminars

Noordwijk, 29 August 2014: Already the 10th edition of the ESA/CEMS students seminar at ESTEC in Noordwijk. Time flies! I was privileged to edit the jubilee booklet to celebrate this milestone and hand it over Arnaud de Jong, CEO of DutchSpace/Airbus, the provider of this year's space technology. Of course, it could not be the success it is today without the tremendous support of RSM, ESA, industry, and most importantly the brilliant students from CEMS, the Global Alliance for Management Education.

From left to right: Joerg Wehner (ESA), Arnaud de Jong (CEO Dutchspace/Airbus), Cornelis Eldering (ESA), Steef van de Velde (Dean RSM). Credits: ESA / A. Le Floc'h

MSc Graduates' Address

MSc Graduates' Address

Rotterdam, 4 April 2014: It was a great honour to address this year's graduates from the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) and the Global Alliance for Management Education (CEMS) on the occasion of obtaining their well-deserved double master degree in International Management. The future is bright!

On stage in the new Erasmus Pavilion onsite the Erasmus University Campus.

Credits: RSM

Extension ESA BIC Darmstadt

Extension ESA BIC Darmstadt

Darmstadt, 11 September 2013: Extension of the ESA BIC Darmstadt (running since 2007) signed by Minister Economic Affairs Florian Rentsch from the State of Hessen, ESA Director Franco Ongaro, ESA Director Thomas Reiter in his role as director of ESOC and Frank Zimmermann, Director of cesah GmbH, managing the ESA BIC in Darmstadt.


From left to right: Frank Zimmerman (cesah GmbH), Adriana Lucas (ESA), Cornelis Eldering (ESA), Director Franco Ongaro (ESA).


Credits: cesah/ESA/J.Mai

Visit Province of South Holland

Visit Province of South Holland

Noordwijk, 7 February 2013: Visit of the Deputy for Economic Affairs of the province of South-Holland (PZH) to the European Space Innovation Centre (ESIC) and the ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC). In front on display the E-Bike from ESA BIC incubated start-up company B4Bike.


From left to right: Erik Vredebrecht (PZH), Martijn Seijgers (ESIC), Deputy Govert Veldhuijzen (PZH), Cornelis Eldering (ESA).


Credits: ESA

A Royal and Presidential Visit

A Royal and Presidential Visit

Noordwijk, 26 October 2012: Heads of state from the Netherlands and Italy visit to ESTEC with a tour past several exhibited ESA programmes, such as the ESA Business Incubation Centre initiative with success story company Miramap and its entrepreneur Roland Haarbrink.


Presenting to Her Majesty Queen Beatrix and President Giorgio Napolitano, from left to right: Priel Manes (ESA), Yvette Pluijmers (Miramap), Roland Haarbrink (Miramap), Cornelis Eldering (ESA).


Credits: ESA/G.Schoonewille

Visit Dutch Ministry of General Affairs

Visit Dutch Ministry of General Affairs

Noordwijk, May 2011: Visit of the prime minister's General Affairs office staff to ESTEC for presentations from Director Geale Winters and Cornelis Eldering, as well as a tour around the facilities.


Left: ESA Director Geale Winters. Right: Cornelis Eldering.


Credits: ESA

Launch ESA BIC Harwell

Launch ESA BIC Harwell

Harwell, 3 December 2010: Signature ceremony between STFC and ESA during the kick-off event of ESA BIC Harwell.

From left to right: Cornelis Eldering (ESA), Director Kieth Mason (STFC), Director David Southwood (ESA), Adriana Lucas (ESA).

Credits: ESA/STFC

Launch ESA BIC Noordwijk

Launch ESA BIC Noordwijk

Noordwijk, 28 April 2010: Extension of our initial business incubation activities in Noordwijk (running since 2004) by Minister Van der Hoeven under the new name ESA Business Incubator Centre (formerly known as European Space Incubator). The Minister was toured around several ESA BIC incubatees from the past 6 years, show-casing their products.


From left to right: Frank Salzgeber (ESA), Cornelis Eldering (ESA), Minister Van der Hoeven (EZ), Director Michel Courtois (ESA).


Credits: ESA

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