Marco Witzmann (Co-Founder, CEO) and Louise Lindblad (Co-Founder, COO) Maximilian Probst





Valispace

The Smart Collaboration Platform for Engineers

Engineering
Founded in 2016
11 employees
Funding: €1M
Stage: Seed


Today, engineers develop complex hardware, such as satellites, robots, and drones, with hundreds of spreadsheets and documents. Inconsistencies in that engineering data cause immense delays and cost-overruns in big projects. Valispace software lets hardware engineers collaborate in real time through a web interface. Changing one value automatically propagates through the design, simulations and documentation. It is the Github for Hardware. Website
Highlight of the year: Securing Airbus as a customer.


Interview with Valispace


What inspired you to found your startup?

All three founders worked for several years as satellite engineers, and were disappointed to find out that building satellites today looks less like “Iron Man” and more like “The Office.”


How are you different? What is your unique value proposition?

Valispace is a multi-user database combined with a calculation engine. It serves as a single source of truth for all non-CAD engineering data. It takes care of engineering calculations, units, margins, requirements, simulations, and much more.


How do you define success for yourself and your company?

We want to empower engineers to develop great products. When we see useful products being developed with our software and they wouldn’t have been possible to develop without Valispace, we have succeeded.


What do you want to achieve next year?

To become the go-to engineering tool for the aerospace market, and to prove multiple pilot applications in non-aerospace sectors.


Why do people want to work at your company?

Because we help put rockets into space.


What has been the most important milestone so far?

Finalizing the necessary feature set to make our vision a reality: an engineering tool that can be used productively by engineers in all kinds of disciplines.


Looking back at your whole development story — what makes you most proud?

To have gathered a team around a shared mission of improving the lives of engineers helps us move in big steps towards that goal.


Where do you see your company in 5 years?

To be as popular for hardware development as Github is today for software development.


What is your impression of launching a startup from your based city?

Bremen is a place that combines many industries, from maritime to aerospace. Without necessarily being the most common breeding ground for unicorns, it is a great place to meet and learn from customers.


What is your impression of the german startup scene? Would you change anything?

We would love to see less ambitions to try to copy Silicon Valley and instead more novel approaches to leverage the strength of a deep engineering and hardware understanding of German graduates, young professionals and companies.



Valispace was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Germany“, November 2018.



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