This is a work in progress, but we thought we could help by giving you a few items to get yourself started and energized to participate in this year’s BPC.
The first item comes from one of this country’s best known business mentors: Guy Kawasaki.
He has offered the world – for free – his recommended templates for business plans, financials, and pitch slides. Just click this link.
We’ve also found the Space Angels Network website to contain immensely valuable information regarding the NewSpace Industry.
Another Kawasaki classic: What to say and NOT to say to Investors
And here is one post in particular dedicated to startups that we thought was valuable to the BPC applicants.
Another great mentor for small businesses and startups is Barry Moltz.
Here’s a great post from Startup Genome (originally posted in Techcrunch) analyzing the “hot spots” of tech-preneur activity.
Traditionally, when we considered the term “space investment”, all we considered was “space,” (launch) and “space-related” (supportive technology and services). For many potential investors, this was perceived as “too rich for my blood.”
But when we look at it, those areas, though vital, are only part of a much larger picture.
While continued exploration is important, and the up and coming tourism sector is exciting, the ultimate goal of all our efforts is space settlement – tens of thousands and finally millions of people spreading out into the Solar System and the stars beyond, creating the next wave of human civilization.
We will need more than reliable transport and support systems to achieve this. There are a host of critical problems we will need to solve. The good news is: Solving problems is exactly what entrepreneurs do! And they do so in ways that add market value.
“Space Scalable,” then, is a more expansive definition of what a space business – or a space investment – may be. It is a reference for technologies invented primarily for a commercial terrestrial purpose (and terrestrial profit), but can also be deployed to solve a key space problem when the demand finally arises.
Using this new definition, we can now expand our outreach to all sorts of industries, including:
- Data Storage
- Artificial Intelligence
- Construction technology
- Mining technology
- Alternative energy
- Smart textiles
- Exotic materials/composites
- Closed bioregenerative systems
- Water purification
What we’re trying to do is help both entrepreneurs and investors understand something that engineers and scientists have understood for 50 years. “Space” is inter-disciplinary; the “doing of space” requires contributions from a multitude of diverse industries and fields of endeavor.
At BPC 2013, we are doing everything we can to encourage and promote this concept, and we welcome “space scalable” startups to participate!
INDUSTRY NEWS SOURCES
Nanotechnology Now! is one of the most comprehensive sources for nanotech news, info, and commercialization, and a supporter of the BPC. A big thanks to Brian Lundquist for being a part of this.
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