Event Thu 6/15: Crowdfunding Your Space Startup

Raising funds for a start-up that plans to operate in outer space can be a challenging task.  Crowdfunding leverages the power of your network to gather support for new ventures, both financially and otherwise.  Several NewSpace companies have successfully used crowdfunding campaigns to launch their operations.  For this event, we’ve gathered together a panel of crowdfunding experts to discuss the different types of crowdfunding, the pros and cons of each approach, successful approaches for launching…

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Event Thu 5/11: MicroLink Devices and High Efficiency Solar Cells

Join us for a discussion with Glen Hillier about the exciting solar cell technology he is developing at MicroLink Devices.  His company is a materials R&D and semiconductor production business based in Niles IL, a north-west suburb of Chicago.   The company is currently focused on their Epitaxial Lift-Off (ELO) Inverted Meta-Morphic (IMM) solar cells.  These flexible high-efficiency and high-specific-power solar cells are currently being deployed on Airbus Defense’s Zephyr High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) aircraft. …

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Event Thu 4/13: Emerging Opportunities in Commercial Space -or- Forward… into the Past!

A number of exciting activities are being pursued by companies and entrepreneurs in the commercial space industry. These initiatives have grown out of planning that was done over 25 years ago. Focusing on emerging opportunities in the logistics and manufacturing sectors of commercial space, Stephen Wasko will discuss his experience attempting to foster this activity on the Space Shuttle and in the early days of the International Space Station (ISS) program. You’ll learn that a…

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Event 3/15: Global Data Broadcasting with Outernet

Join us for a discussion with Syed Karim about Outernet, which provides a a groundbreaking innovation in broadcasting, marrying satellite broadcasting with file delivery, transcending the format and time limitations of traditional radio or TV broadcasting.  Filecasting differentiates itself from a traditional broadcast by sending information as data files, so content is no longer limited to video and audio.  Receivers automatically cache these files locally, so users can enjoy flexible, on-demand access to content.  With the global…

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Event 2/9: Your Industry is Space-Scalable

The past few years have seen the commercial space industry growing at a rapid pace, and not merely in launch services. Space is a place, and requires collaboration from a wide array of industries, including yours, to enable thriving communities and businesses off planet. Joel Vinas will cover how various companies are gaining value from the space industry, and how your industry is actually space-scalable. Joel Vinas is the Executive Director of The Center for…

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Event 11/17: How Are You Going to Get to Space?

Capt. David C. Koch will share a little-known chapter in the history of commercial spaceflight, and his vision of how you’re going to get to space. Capt. Koch has been a commercial-spaceflight activist since the 1970s. While a pilot for United Airlines in the 1970s and 1980s, he also served as the Founding National Chairman of the American Society of Aerospace Pilots. He was the first, and only, airline pilot to learn to fly the…

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Event 10/6: Finance and Business Trends in the NewSpace Economy

A look under the hood of the NewSpace economy from funding and investing to where the industry is going.  How do startup companies make it in what is an increasingly competitive industry, and what are investors looking for?  Steven Jorgenson shares his observations and experiences as an active NewSpace investor and entrepreneur. Steven is the current Portfolio Manager of two hedge funds, Woodridge Capital and Viridian Fund, and is an Investment Advisor Representative for Fifth…

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Event 9/1: Overcoming the Top 5 Mistakes Made by Space Entrepreneurs

They say “Space is hard.”  But building a space venture is even harder.  Make your job as a space entrepreneur easier and learn from the mistakes of others.  Joel Vinas will discuss the top five mistakes made by space start-ups and how to overcome them. Joel Vinas is the Director of Operations for the NewSpace Business Plan Competition which has awarded over $300,000 in cash prizes to promising startups in the space sector.  The NewSpace…

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Event 6/30: Why is it difficult to finance a space start-up?

Numerous companies in the NewSpace community are building orbital launch systems of one kind or another.  Chicago-based Universal Transport Systems is one of them.  David Summers, CEO of Universal Transport Systems, will discuss some of the challenges and pitfalls involved in financing a company that is building a space launch system. David Summers has started many companies, and is still starting them.  He received an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, and has  Electrical…

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Event 5/31: Space is Open For Business

Business Opportunities on the High Frontier Business is booming in outer space.  The space economy is growing at an unprecedented rate.  Technological innovation and new business models are being followed by significant venture investment, enabling the growth of an entirely new industry, known as NewSpace.  The question is no longer how are we going to get to space.  Today the question is what are we going to do once we’re there and how are we…

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