ESA Space Solutions | Europe
As Head of Innovation and Ventures Office, Frank is overseeing the largest Space Entrepreneurship network in the world. His team has initiated over 370 industry transfers, supported nearly 1000 start-ups. He supports the exploitation of the ESA patent portfolio and promotes the ESA BA (Business Applications) offer of ESA which have supported additional overt 500 business cases. In the next 3 years ESA Space Solutions will invest 220 Mio Euro in Seed. Prior to this post he was the Head of Technology Transfer and Business Incubation and Head of the Commercial Development in the European Astronaut Department of the Directorate of Human Spaceflight Microgravity and Exploration at the European Space Agency. The Innovation and Ventures office aims to strengthen the European competitiveness, innovation, entrepreneurship, and plays an important role in enhancing the capabilities of the European Industry, while broadening its business horizons and creating jobs, foster growth and investment. It works with all leading industry fields but also with government and start-ups. This year his team will continue to support 220 new start-ups through over 20 ESA Business Incubation Centres in over 60 locations across Europe. The ESA BICs and the ESA BA have created over 5000 new jobs. This team will bring Space back to earth and start-ups into orbit.