Bas Lansdorp (M.Sc.) is a serial entrepreneur with out of this world ideas.
In 2008, he started Ampyx Power, which was one of the first companies in the field of ‘airborne wind energy’ – wind energy with an aircraft attached to a cable. The company is still very successful and recently announced a deal with energy company RWE to build a PowerPlane in an RWE wind park.
In 2011, he started Mars One, with the goal of organizing a ‘permanent settlement’ human mission to Mars – a one way trip. Mars One designed the mission, worked with aerospace companies like Lockheed Martin to come up with realistic technical solutions, and started a selection procedure, to look for teams that could train for permanent settlement missions to the red planet. The business case of Mars One was the media value of the human mission to Mars. With the media value of the Olympic Games as a benchmark, investors were attracted to move the company and the mission forward. Mars One had very successful start, with tens of millions of website views, contracts with aerospace companies, a very successful media campaign and appearances in popular culture shows like The Simpsons and Big Bang Theory. Later on Mars One was unsuccessful in raising a larger investment round and ended its operations in 2021, but not after having had a huge impact on the discussions about missions to Mars.
In 2021, Bas started a new company called NEDPAC to revolutionize the sustainability of the Dutch electricity market. NEDPAC aims to build a 5km diameter, 70m high dam and pumped storage hydro power facility, resulting in artificial reservoir in the North Sea, just off the coast of Rotterdam. The facility can store renewable energy when there is more supply than demand and deliver it back to the grid when there is not enough sun or wind. Large scale storage is a prerequisite for meeting the Netherlands’ legal obligations for renewable energy. The concept can also be implemented in other countries with shallow water, and for that reason can impact renewable energy production around the world.
Bas will tell you how he transformed his companies from ‘crazy ideas’ to the phase where large, established organizations are coming on board. He will tell you what he did wrong and what he did right, with enticing examples around renewability and the human mission to Mars. Bas’ story can help you to inspire your audience to think bigger, outside of the box or even outside of the planet.
"Bas spoke at the celebration diner of our 10th company anniversary. Fantastic to hear people not only speaking about their dreams, but actually following through. We all have dreams but….. Without any doubt Bas is very passionate about the Mars venture he, and his team, are embarking on. Many positive reactions from our customers with regards to his presentation and insights. As an executive search company we have a big interest in his astronaut recruitment and selection process in general and more specifically in building the best teams possible. Bas shared his thoughts and finished the presentation of with a very interactive Q&A session. Great speaker, great evening!"
Oskar Verkamman – Inspired Search
"Positiv Opplæring arranged the Innovation and Leadership Conference in Stavanger. We invited Bas Lansdorp to be the Keynote Speaker at this event. He gave a great lecture, where he inspired the audience to think big, going home with the feeling that anything is possible."
Hanne Alice Drivenes - Positiv Opplæring
"We were honored to have Bas attend and keynote our pan-European Product Innovation project in Berlin. Our keynotes are reserved for revolutionary speakers and outside of the box thinkers, and Bas ticked both boxes instantly with his forward-thinking approach and fantastically awesome project. Pre-, during and post- event, Bas was personable, prompt and efficient. It was clear that he was keen to fully understand the event concept and audience and made every effort to tailor a presentation that would match their interests and passions. And he delivered; based on a large percentage of our audience's feedback, Bas was ranked one of our top 5 speakers (out of 60) with an average score of 8/10. To mention but a few comments, the presentation and speaking style were described as 'inspiring', 'motivating' and 'exciting' and one of my particular favourites read, 'Good to see dreamers still dreaming!'. I am more than impressed by Bas' conduct, professionalism and vision and would recommend him very highly for any such engagement. If you want to be inspired, Bas is your man!"
Michael Ratcliffe – Marketkey Events
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