Silicon Valley, CA - Generation Orbit Launch Services has won first place and $100,000 in the 2013 NewSpace Business Plan Competition, presented by competition Project Manager, Tom Olson at Stanford University.
Eligos, Inc earned second place in the competition, along with a $25,000 prize. 3rd place, and a $5,000* award were given to Raptor Space Services. Prospect Dynamics won the $5,000 Market Sector prize in the field of on-orbit servicing. The Space Frontier Foundation and judges congratulate the winners and thank all the finalists for their participation. The awards were presented on October 24th at the Stanford Space Entrepreneurship Conference, the hosts of this years competition.
“I’m excited to see the steadily increasing level of professionalism and innovative ideas of this year’s contestants, and look forward to following their success,” said Eva-Jane Lark, a competition judge and vice-president of the BMO Nesbitt Burns investment firm in Canada. “It’s great to see more investors attending and becoming aware of the NewSpace Business Plan Competition and this emerging NewSpace industry.”
The Space Frontier Foundation and judges would like to extend their heartiest thanks to NASA’s Emerging Space Office for its generosity in providing funding for this grand prize. By supporting this competition, NASA and the Emerging Space Office enable commercial space companies to meet the needs of not only NASA, but the needs of the space industry as a whole, and we hope to see further support from NASA for this type of activity in the future.
Additional funding provided by ATK and the Heinlein Prize Trust helps the competition continue to grow and attract innovative competitors, and we thank them for their support. Special thanks go out to the Space Angels Network as well, who created a specialized fund this year to invest in a BPC team of their choice. Additionally, the Space Finance Group has generously offered free coaching services to the winners, in an effort to help catalyze their success.
The Space Frontier Foundation also sincerely thanks the judges, boot camp coaches, sponsors and all who worked on the 2013 NewSpace Business Plan Competition. Their contributions were truly invaluable.
Generation Orbit serves micro and nano satellite developers struggling to find dedicated and cost-effective space access by offering fast, flexible and affordable primary launch manifesting through GOLauncher, an air-launched space transportation system specifically designed for small payloads.
ELIGOS is currently developing E-IMPAcT technology, a patented electrodeless plasma propulsion system and a potential game-changer for operating communications and observation spacecraft.
*This is a correction from the initial press release which erroneously said that the third prize was $10,000. 3rd prize is, and always was, $5,000 as stated in our official rules, found here. We apologize for any confusion or misconceptions caused by this typo and our oversight during the initial editing process.