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Frank Salzgeber

Head of TTO, European Space Agency
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Why Frank?
He tells a thrilling story of how high tech technology can find new purpose when matched with new challenges. As the leader of the European Space Agency he works everyday in recycling ideas and knowledge, helping cutting edge solution find new life as a commercial product or service.

Frank Salzgeber is Head of the Technology Transfer Programme Office of the European Space Agency (ESA). He is chiefly responsible for dealing with businesses that contribute to the space program, and businesses that seek to adapt and build on the ESA?s technology including technology start-ups.

After graduating in industrial engineering, Frank joined Apple to become their sales manager for central Europe. He then became COO of a Munich-based IT start-up before joining the ESA. He served as Head of Commercial Development in the agency’s human space travel division before leading the Technology Transfer Programme Office. Frank and the Technology Transfer Programme Office are responsible for strategy relating to the use of space technologies and systems in other areas from hi-tech manufacturing to consumer products, services and apps. He works extensively with start-ups and venture capital, and himself is a board member of Triangle Venture Capital Group and the European Business Network. In less than a decade Frank has supported over 250 new businesses with 150 technology transfers.

Looking at one of the most advanced areas of innovation, Frank tells organisations how they can foster a space agency sense of creativity and ambition, as well as looking at broader technology trends, entrepreneurship, and disruptive forces in industry.