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2024 Hyperspace Challenge
Webinar series

Join the Hyperspace Challenge for our next webinar, exclusively for alumni of US Space Force accelerators and space industry leadership.

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Expanding Horizons

Join us
June 27, 2024 at 10am MT

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

Join us for a lively conversation with three international experts on the growing European space industry and the potential for collaboration and growth overseas for US-based companies. Hear from the panel on what the European market – which supports over 230,000 jobs and generates over €60 billion in downstream revenues – has to offer and how to capitalize on international partnerships, new funding avenues, and Europe’s customer-base.

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2024 Hyperspace Challenge
Webinar series

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge + Space Force

University/Government Partnership Opportunities

May 23, 2024 at 10am MT

Video coming soon. Multiple government organizations presented opportunities for university/government partnerships.

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

Entrepreneur’s Guide to Space Investing

May 16, 2024 at 10am MT


Our out-of-this-world space investment webinar is BACK! Aimed at helping entrepreneurs navigate the cosmic landscape of private investment, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to get the information you can’t find on websites. The webinar features investors in the trenches of space: T.J. Cook, Fund Manager of Ingenuity Venture Fund; Nick Snoad, Senior Associate at Marlinspike; and John Richmond, Senior Associate with Lockheed Martin Ventures. New to the crew, but not to Hyperspace, we also bring you Jonathan Lacoste, General Partner at Space VC. We will focus on how government investment plays into VC strategy. Learn where VCs find information about government priorities, spending and strategic plan and how this information plays into their investment decisions. This friendly and informative webinar promises, once again, to demystify the space industry venture capital landscape.

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

From Lab to Market

April 25, 2024 at 10am MT

The 2024 State of Space Industrial Base dynamic hybrid main conference and workshop has quickly become a “must attend” space industry annual event.  Consistently drawing industry players from around the nation, the product is a comprehensive report compiled and produced by government leaders using the input from attendees of this workshop.  It is definitely a unique conference experience where attendees have the chance to learn from, and be heard by, all who attend.  Join us to learn how, as an attendee, you can contribute to progressing solutions that support the Space industrial base, increase prosperity and ensure national security.  Hyperspace Challenge will be joined by space industry veteran and master community builder and connector, Casey DeRaad, founder and CEO of NewSpace Nexus and producer of the SSIB. 

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

Learn About State of Space Industrial Base 

April 11, 2024 at 10am MT

Join us for an engaging webinar hosted in partnership with the Space Force CTIO Office, as we delve into the fascinating realm of technology transfer from research to commercial success. This event is tailored specifically for USSF-affiliated university researchers, aiming to inspire and equip them for successful commercialization of their innovative technologies but also open to anyone interested in this subject.

Attendees will have the invaluable opportunity to learn from the firsthand experiences of three accomplished entrepreneurs who have navigated the intricate path from laboratory prototypes to thriving commercial ventures. Through their stories, we will uncover the key strategies and insights that paved the way for their triumphs, while also addressing the challenges and pitfalls they encountered along the journey.

From understanding the essential steps to achieving commercial success, to navigating the intricacies of technology transfer, this webinar will provide attendees with actionable tips, tricks, and invaluable advice. Furthermore, our speakers will candidly reflect on their experiences, sharing what they would change and what they would do the same if given the chance to embark on their entrepreneurial journey once again.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain invaluable insights and guidance on how to transform your groundbreaking research into tangible commercial ventures. Register now and embark on your journey towards tech transfer success!

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

SBIR Success Blueprint 

March 28, 2024 at 10am MT

While government-funded SBIR (Small Business Innovation & Research) opportunities are well known within the industry, for companies that haven’t been through the process or have applied many times without success, the programs can seem overwhelming to navigate. Join us for a conversation on the best methods for uncovering SBIR opportunities, the ins-and-outs of applying, and a deep-dive into ways to make the most of the Government, non-dilutive funding should you be selected.

Panelists:
Charlene Jacka, System Director, Aerospace Corporation
Maj. Jareth Lamb, Chief of Space Ventures, United States Space Force
Tara Gattis, VP of Government Affairs, Orbital Sidekick

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

Navigating Space Symposium: 
Strategies and Insights for Startup Success at the Industry’s Most Recognizable Annual Gathering

March 14, 2024 at 10am MT

Space Symposium draws 10,000+ attendees from 40+ countries to Colorado Springs annually and has long been recognized as one of the top U.S. space policy and program forums. Discover how to maximize your week, connect with experts, and leverage the event for new opportunities. Join Hyperspace Challenge for strategic insights on navigating the conference, building your network, and establishing valuable partnerships. This informal conversation is designed to set you up for a successful Space Symposium experience.

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge 

How to Get Your Payload to Space 

February 22, 2024 at 10am MT

In a field where taking your tech from prototype to tested capability may require some galactic hitchhiking, it’s important to start thinking about how you will secure a ride early in the game. In true Hyperspace fashion, we’ve gathered several of the industry’s top experts to help you get your satellites in a row now so you won’t find yourself in a jam later. The Space Test program’s Dr. Veronica Vigil will shed light on government opportunities within Space Systems Command at the Space Test Program for technology that has a military use. Gary Rodrique, consultant and expert at bringing new technology ideas to market among many other things, will discuss the pros and cons of different platforms and the tools and funding opportunities that may be available to help companies get to space. Space industry veteran, Dr. Peter Wegner, Co-Founder of BlackVe and former CTO of BlackSky will look at things from a venture perspective and talk about what smalls need to think about when designing their products and also policies and regulations that have the ability to stop your product dead in its flight path once you get to space. This is sure to be an information packed webinar that just might save you some costly mistakes down the road.

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge +
Catalyst Accelerator

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Space Investing 

February 8, 2024 at 10am MT

We invite you to join us for an insightful space investment webinar focused on helping entrepreneurs. The webinar features three investors in the trenches of space: T.J. Cook, Fund Manager of Ingenuity Venture Fund; Nick Snoad, Senior Associate at Marlinspike; and John Richmond, Senior Associate with Lockheed Martin Ventures. T.J. Cook, a growth strategy and team-building specialist, will guide us through the intricacies of early-stage ventures. Nick Snoad, with his background in private equity and military communications, will share his expertise in finding companies that address national security needs while scaling commercially. John Richmond from Lockheed Martin Ventures, will provide valuable insights into aligning technologies with strategic business areas. Attendees will gain knowledge on upcoming trends, industry forces, and impactful companies, along with updates on fundraising and financial valuations. Explore investor types, understand qualities sought by investors in founders, and discover the role of private capital in scaling space ventures. This friendly and informative webinar promises to demystify the space industry venture capital landscape.

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge


Navigating the US Government Contract Landscape: CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES, AND STRATEGIES FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES

January 25, 2024 at 10am MT

Join us for an engaging event focused on exploring the complexities and opportunities for international companies aiming to do business with the US Government. Our expert panel will delve into various aspects, providing valuable insights, success stories, and practical tips for a successful collaboration both from a government and a legal perspective.

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

In Partnership with:

Catalyst Accelerator

Catalyst Accelerator Space Domain Awareness Cohort

 
January 11, 2024 at 10am MT

The Catalyst Accelerator looks forward to sharing more about their program and upcoming opportunities with the space community.

2023 Hyperspace Challenge
Webinar series

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

Safeguarding the Skies: Advanced Safety Assurance Methods for Intelligent Aerospace Control Systems by Parallax AR’s AI and Autonomy


December 14, 2023 at 10am MT

Join the final Hyperspace Challenge webinar of 2023 to learn about emerging space domain AI trends and applications seen by the Parallax Advanced Research’s AI and Autonomy team. The researchers will discuss cutting-edge safety assurance methods for intelligent aerospace control systems. The panel will also discuss prioritizing explainability, robustness, and context awareness in AI solutions, with expertise spanning airborne systems and space systems. Parallax’s proven track record includes developing novel algorithms for real-world scenarios such as airborne combat operations and safety-assured satellite docking and inspection. Bring your questions to speak with the team about the future of AI across a range of critical domains!

Speakers:
– Darrell Lochtefeld, PhD, Intelligent Systems Division Manager
– Nathaniel Hamilton, AI Scientist
– Kyle Dunlap, AI Scientist

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

Learn more about the
2024 Q Station Space Tech Cohort


November 9, 2023 at 10am MT

During the year-long cohort, Q Station will work with companies to grow their business and help connect them to potential government opportunities. Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a space research and development hub, we offer unique engagement opportunities with the Air Force Research Laboratory and the U.S. Space Force

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

Leveraging Space Stations to Mature and Operationalize National Security Capabilities


October 26, 2023 at 10am MT

Today’s rapidly changing space environment requires new and innovative ways to test, demonstrate, and mature technologies and capabilities. Axiom Space and some of its commercial and research partners are collaborating on the development of a variety of national security-relevant capabilities, leveraging the International Space Station (ISS) today for TRL-raising and demonstrations, and rapidly operationalizing capabilities in LEO once Axiom Station comes online by the middle of this decade. This virtual panel will dive into how existing space station infrastructure can be used today to mature and demonstrate capabilities, and also how space station infrastructure in the near future will augment ongoing commercial and government infrastructure on-orbit to support national security objectives. The panel will include speakers from Axiom Space, Atomos Space, Orbital Composites, Southwest Research Institute, and SpiderOak.

Attendees will learn:

  • Latest updates on the construction of Axiom Station
  • How space station infrastructure can be used to mature and operationalize national security pertinent capabilities
  • Space station use cases in orbital transfer vehicles, in-space assembly and manufacturing (ISAM), and in-space cybersecurity
Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

Not Just Astronauts:
Discovering Diverse Careers in the Space Sector

 
October 12, 2023 at 10am MT

Space is not just for astronauts! It is for everyone. However, finding a career in commercial space can be daunting. Successful individuals must understand who the players are and where they fit in. Join ACSP, Hyperspace Challenge, and a panel of industry experts for “Not Just Astronauts: Discovering Diverse Careers in the Space Sector”. These speakers hail from all over the industry and map pathways from their own journeys as well as others to help you find your success in space!

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

STEM Education and Building Space Workforce Pathways


September 28, 2023 at 10am MT

It’s Back to School season. Raise your hand if you have all the employees with the right skill sets eagerly reporting for work. Bueller? Bueller? You’re not alone. According to a National Association of Manufacturing and Deloitte report, the US will have a shortage of up to 3.5 million STEM workers by 2025. There is simply not a quick fix to your labor shortage.

Join the STEM Education and Building Space Workforce Pathways webinar to hear about efforts 2 companies have taken to educate, motivate, and inspire students to study STEM subjects. Learn about programs and resources you can support, adopt, or employ to join the crusade to build space workforce pathways.

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

Growing the space and cyber community

 

September 14, 2023 at 10am MT

As the general public’s reliance on satellites for communication, navigation, and data transmission grows, so does the threat cyber attacks pose to shutting down essential infrastructure. The Air Force Research Lab Space Vehicles Directorate works with cybersecurity and space professionals to design cyber protections and stay on the cutting-edge of cyber and space capabilities and challenges. But how can we continue to stay ahead of attacks and threats?

Join the Growing the Space Cyber Community webinar to learn from government, industry, and academic professionals:

  • What are the unique challenges of protection required for space assets,
  • Ways the DoD is working with industry and academia to collaborate on security,
  • How a workforce shortage is affecting the fight,
  • How a (virtual) community formed in New Mexico to amplify efforts and education, and
  • What you can do to join the fight to keep space secure.
Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

Partnering with The Primes:
A Small Business Perspective


August 24, 2023 at 10am MT

Join us as we hear first hand from small business owners about their experience working with primes and tier 1 suppliers.  Whether you are looking for your first partnership, or you’ve already had some experience, this will be a candid conversation that will lay the foundation for realistic expectations as you continue forward on your path to success.  Primes!  This is your opportunity to hear what the smalls are looking for from you. 

We will also be joined by Carol Welsch, former Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development at Northrop Grumman and former Acting Program Director at Kirtland Air Force Base and founder of CRC Consulting.  She brings a very valuable, unbiased perspective on both sides of this topic. 

Attendees will learn:

  • Honest truths from the perspective of smaller businesses.
  • The pros/cons of entering into a contract partnership with a Prime.
  • What is the value in working with a Prime and is it worth the risks associated with it
  • Some tips and tricks to help win the business.
  • Proper precautions to take.
Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

Mission Possible:
A Guide to Seizing Opportunities with Lockheed Martin

 
August 10, 2023 at 10am MT

Accomplishing big missions requires dedicated collaboration, and established companies know that startups with innovative technologies can serve as critical partners in the search for solutions to the most pressing needs in aerospace and space industries.

Lockheed Martin has a long history of partnering with startups and small businesses. Knowing where to start as a founder when attempting to engage with Lockheed Martin can seem overwhelming. In fact, Lockheed Martin is more accessible than you might think!

With a commitment to solving complex challenges, advancing scientific discovery, and delivering new solutions that address a wide range of ever-evolving mission needs, Lockheed Martin has more than one way for innovative startups to engage and partner. Join us to discuss different avenues and opportunities for startups to form strategic relationships with the Prime.

Attendees will learn:

  • How Lockheed Martin engages with startups through investments, SBIR/STTR support, Global Supply Chain and contracting, and through the OneLM Innovation Center;
  • Current and future focus areas for each Lockheed Martin group on the webinar;
  • How to have a successful engagement with Lockheed Martin and potential challenges to overcome;
  • Opportunities open for each group and how to get in contact with the right people.

 

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

The Hyperspace Challenge Space Flight Path


July 27, 2023 at 10am MT

How will the 2023 program reflect the past, present, and future of Hyperspace Challenge, DoD innovation approach, and the space economy?

Guest Moderated by:

Roger Anderson

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

Planning for a Post-Starship World


July 13, 2023 at 10am MT

SpaceX’s new launch vehicle, Starship, is the most powerful rocket ever launched. How will Starship change the broader space industry though? We discuss how founders, investors, and the government are planning for a post-Starship world.

  • Discuss implications of Starship’s reusability on the cost of launch and who will benefit the most.
  • Consider the new businesses and markets opened up by Starship’s advantages in mass-to-orbit, cost, and turn around time.
  • Reality check: explore the risks Starship faces on the road to success and consider the timeline to real industry transformation.
  • Outline strategies for monitoring, preparing, and capitalizing on Starship’s trajectory
Guest Moderated by:

Jonathan Lacoste, Space.VC

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

Harnessing Change: 
Mastering Technology Transfer and Transition for Success 


June 22, 2023 at 10am MT

Join our panel of experts as they discuss everything you need to know to move your innovative ideas down the path of successful transfer and transition. In addition to learning about CRADAs, attendees will hear about other collaborative agreements, the patent process, and contracting options. Bring all of your questions and be ready to take notes! 

  • What are the options available to businesses and universities when transferring and transitioning tech? Explanation of the basics.
  • Who do we engage with? Where do we start? What should we know to make interactions efficient and effective?
  • About CRADAS and other aspects of transfer and transition, Contracting, Patents and ?
  • CRADAS and Top Secret Clearance- Myth busting
Guest Moderated by:

Matthew Gallegos

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

Front Doors + Connecting Opportunities: 
How to initially engage with potential government customers 


June 10, 2023 at 10am MT

Have a brilliant new product that you feel might answer a need within the DoD, but have no idea where to start? Is the prospect of finding new customers behind the fence exciting but also a bit overwhelming? If so, please enjoy this one hour introduction to the faces behind the “front doors” at:

  • Defense Innovation Unit (DIU),
  • NASA,
  • Space Rapid Capabilities Office (SpRCO),
  • United States Space Command (USSPACECOM), and
  • United States Space Systems Command Front Door (SSC Front Door)
Guest Moderated by:

Jeremy Swaw, SpaceWERX

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

From Brand to Infinity: 
A Space Startup’s Guide to Marketing Mastery 

May 25, 2023 at 10am MT

Building a startup is never easy. And knowing when and how to activate a communications and marketing function can be pretty low on a priority list governed by sheer survival. But the right brand, messaging, content, and engagement strategy can help you connect with key stakeholders and accelerate your business objectives faster and more effectively. So, how do you know when it’s time to take this step, and what does that look like? Every company is different, but there are some fundamentals you should follow. In this panel, we’ll talk to the practitioners who are doing just that for space industry startups at almost every stage in the corporate lifecycle.

Attendees will learn about:
  • How to know what you need and when
  • The biggest challenges/pitfalls in today’s marketing environment
  • How to start small and scale your approach to marketing
  • How to set realistic budgets and where to apply limited resources
  • How to maximize marketing efforts for ROI
Panelists:
  • Trina Patterson, VP Marketing and Communications, Firefly Aerospace, Inc.
  • Alicia Stump, Head of Marketing, Kepler Communications Inc
  • Diana Klochkova, Chief Brand Officer, Privateer Space
  • Nicole Schumaker, VP of Strategic Partnerships, TransAstra
Moderated by:

Merridith Ingram, Founder/CEO of The Riotmind Agency

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

Mind the Gap: 
Programs and Funding to Help Transition Beyond SBIR 


May 11, 2023 at 10am MT

“The Valley of Death” refers to the gap in time and funding after companies develop a prototype until they secure a DoD contract and can last as long as one to two years. While this concept can be concerning for anyone pursuing federal funding, it is important to note that there are currently multiple efforts, programs, pots of funding, people, and offices trying to bridge this gap. In this webinar, Long Capture’s CEO, Russ Long, will talk with Department of Defense experts about their efforts to address this issue, hear one company’s successful passage across the gap, and share tips on how your company can leverage this knowledge to build a bridge to long-term financial health.

Hear our expert panel:
  • Overview of Spacewerx initiatives bridging the gap: PRIME, STRATFI/TACFI, and others
  • Success Story: How Orbital Sidekick leveraged a STRATFI Contract in FY20 and how the program has helped advance the mission
Panelist:

Dr. Katie Corcoran, VP Government Affairs, Orbital Sidekick
Lt Col Walter “Rock” McMillan, Director of SpaceWERX
Major Austin Baker, Defense Innovation Unit

Guest Moderated by:

Russ Long, Long Capture

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Space Investing 


April 27, 2023 at 10am MT

The tumultuous ride of the markets during the first quarter of 2023 rivaled a training exercise on the vomit comet. Where have all the ups and downs left space companies in the fundraising environment? What are the ramifications on financial valuations?

Hear our expert panel:
  • Discuss the current market environment.
  • Offer perspectives on how companies can target fundraising efforts for best results.
  • Learn to recognize the different types of investors.
  • What an investor looks for when considering which founders to fund.
  • Understand how VC investment helps the government target critical mission areas.
  • The benefits and scaling opportunities of partnering with private capital.
Panelist:

Nick Snoad, Senior Associate, Marlinspike
Jonathan Lacoste, General Partner, Space.VC
Kyle Perez, Raytheon Ventures

Guest Moderated by:

Capt. Cody Bronkar, United States Space Force, SpaceWERX

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

The Space Tech DJ: How Gabe Mounce spins tech in and out of AFRL NM

April 13, 2023 at 10am MT

Gabe Mounce has played a key role in many of the space-focused AFRL and USSF innovation efforts that have spun out in the last 6-7 years. He’s a passionate advocate for exploring small business, startup and university solutions to government needs and making sure that those communities have the support needed to navigate the federal acquisition system. In this talk, we’ll hear his perspectives on how the government technology engagement landscape has evolved and how he envisions using his new role as the AFRL-NM Tech Engagement Director to bring new voices and opportunities to the table.

Moderated by

Lauren Hunt

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

Payload’s Meteoric Rise (and where the media brand is headed next)

March 23, 2023 at 10am MT

Payload, a digital media brand dedicated to the “business and policy of space,” officially launched its first media property, a daily newsletter, only 18 months ago. It has since become a must-read for those in the space industry and has followed this success with the launch of a podcast, Pathfinder, and science newsletter Parallax. As the brand grows, its coverage is evolving and it’s making plans for expansion. Join us to find out how it achieved this meteoric rise, where it’s headed next, what it’s doing to get there, and how it intends to shape the national conversation about space – perhaps space development itself – in the process.

Attendees will learn about:
  • How Payload’s coverage is evolving
  • How it plans to expand beyond media
  • Key opportunities for partnering with Payload
  • The stories it’s watching most closely right now
Moderated by

Merridith Ingram, Founder/CEO of 66+Co

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

Aviation Week’s Garrett Reim:
Reporting at the Edge of Space Tech

March 9, 2023 at 10am MT

Aviation Week’s Space and Emerging Technologies Editor Garrett Reim just celebrated one year at what is inarguably the aerospace and space industry’s largest and most storied publications, as well as one of its oldest. In this hour-long chat with Hyperspace Challenge, we look back over the past year to examine how he’s approached his beat, what insights he’s into gained the space economy both in the U.S. and abroad, where he sees the most exciting advancements developing, and the cool new series he has planned for 2023.

Attendees will learn about:
  • The focus for Aviation Week’s newest space column
  • The space technology the publication is watching most closely
  • The best way to pitch the editorial team to increase coverage opportunity
Moderated by

Merridith Ingram, Founder/CEO of 66+Co

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

Looking to the STARs:
Space Technology Advanced Research (STAR) and STAR-FISH Advanced Research Announcement (ARA) Opportunities

February 23, 2023 at 10am MT

As a turbulent economy and rumors of an impending recession loom, government funding may need to play a more prominent role in the investment portfolio of innovative R&D focused small businesses. Join us as we move away from SBIR/STTR opportunities and turn the tables for an insider’s view into what’s been dubbed an “amazing and under-the-radar opportunity,” a.k.a. Space Technology Advanced Research (STAR) and Starfish Advanced Research Announcements (ARAs). These opportunities are specifically geared toward space-related research & development (R&D) efforts and have no specified period of performance or price ceiling. This will be a candid, honest, and open discussion with key AFRL personnel responsible for the implementation and execution of these announcements that will lead to valuable insight into how AFRL works, what they are looking for and how you can be in the best position to win.

What to Expect:
  • In depth look at space specific Advanced Research Announcements (ARAs) and what makes them different from other opportunities, including what topic areas are included.
  • Look into what “no price ceiling” really means and what options your business may have after a white paper is deemed “selectable not funded.”
  • Insider knowledge about what AFRL is looking for in a white paper.
  • Actionable steps that can be taken to give businesses the best chance for success when submitting a white paper to an ARA
  • Discussion about how to establish credibility within the DAF and ultimately win more business.
    Insight into the structure, hierarchy and culture at AFRL.
Panelists:

Mike Lopez, Program Manager, AFRL,
Shawn Capehart, Contracting Officer, AFRL/RVKV and
Daniel “DJ” Alvarado, Contracting Officer, AFRL/RVKV

Guest Moderated by:

Hanson Finley, Catalyst Accelerator Government Lead

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge

Sponsored by:

Association of Commercial Space Professionals

Navigating the Complexity of US Space Law + Regulation:
A Government Insider’s Guide for Startups

February 9, 2023

Do you know the full range of business activities regulated in the space industry by the U.S. government and the number of agencies involved? There’s definitely more than you think. The FAA oversees launches and reentries, NOAA handles remote sensing, the Departments of State and Commerce manage export controls, and the FCC governs telecommunications and frequency allocations. Those are the primary agencies, but there are many more that may be involved depending on your mission. The complexity of this regulatory landscape can pose a minefield for space industry startups, presenting challenges that can cause crippling delays. In this event, sponsored by the Association of Commercial Space Professionals, renowned space industry expert and former NASA White House liaison, Greg Autry, will talk about how startups can prepare for regulatory issues before they become an existential threat.

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge and Wharton Aerospace Ventures in partnership with BMNT/H4XLabs 

Navigating Today’s Funding Stack:
The State of Venture Capital, Private Equity, M&A for Space Startup Ecosystem

January 26, 2023 

Navigating today’s funding stack is critical to the long-term success of any space industry startup and venture capital is a central pillar in the growth strategy for the majority of expanding companies. VC support can help fuel new ideas, emerging technologies, and revolutionary innovations. It also plays a pivotal role in driving economic growth.

2023 venture capital fundraising will be a challenge, but this year also provides an opportunity to explore other funding options as well as to build and foster relationships so that when markets return, teams are ready to engage with all funders.

This talk invites attendees to hear directly from key investors in spacetech who hail from different corners of the funding world. They will share their perspectives on upcoming industry and funding trends, perspectives on 2023’s capital stack evolution, and more.

What to expect:

Analysis on upcoming trends and why they matter Perspectives on 2023’s capital stack evolution Industry forces to watch Insights on the most impactful companies today

Moderated by:

Ellen Chang, Vice President Ventures BMNT and head of H4XLabs

Panelists:

Gareth Keane, Partner, Promus Ventures
Lewis Jones, Investor, Seraphim
Karl Schmidt, Managing Partner, Kipps DeSanto
John Richmond, Lockheed Martin Ventures

Presented by:

Hyperspace Challenge 

Universal Perspective: A Dialogue for Discovery

January 26, 2023

Debra Werner is inarguably one of the most prolific, enduring, and diverse space reporters in the modern space media landscape. She’s been reporting on the industry for over 30 years, and currently covers everything from startups to primes and commercial to government (and everything in between) in markets across the globe. Armed with one of the most comprehensive space news portfolios in the industry, she will be talking to Hyperspace about what stories interest her most now, who should pitch her and how, and – from her unique vantage point – the most exciting developments she’s seeing on the horizon.


Attendees had the opportunity to ask Debra questions during the live discussion.

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