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Space Foundation Announces Additional Speakers for Space Technology & Investment Forum

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 23, 2015) – Successful space industry CEOs and founders of NewSpace startups will share their experiences with securing funding and identifying creative financing solutions to launch new products and services at the Space Foundation’s Space Technology & Investment Forum.

This by-invitation conference will be held in the heart of the San Francisco financial district Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Attendees are invited to participate as technical experts, advisors, mentors and service providers to facilitate new business ventures.

Receive The Space Report 2015 with Registration

The Space Foundation recently published its 2015 edition of The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, with data on the growth of the global space economy, invaluable information for anyone planning investments in space-related businesses.

In 2014, the global space economy grew slightly more than 9 percent, reaching a total of $330 billion worldwide. Commercial space activities made up 76 percent of the global space economy, and the industry as a whole nearly doubled in size over the course of the decade.

According to The Space Report 2015, startups are launching nanosatellites with the goal of imaging the entire surface of the Earth. Planet Labs alone was responsible for nearly a quarter of the satellites launched in 2014. Established companies are making it easier to access high-quality imagery, even to the point where a smartphone app can be used to task a satellite to capture an image.

This and other this insightful global space industry data is available in The Space Report 2015, which sells for $399 at, but is free with registration for the Space Technology & Investment Forum.

Early confirmed speakers for the Space Technology & Investment Forum include:

  • Chad Anderson, Managing Director, Space Angels Network
  • Ioana Cozmuta, Ph.D., Industry Innovation Lead, Space Portal, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Jeff Demain, Business Development Director, Intel Corporation
  • Shahin Farshchi, Ph.D., Partner, Lux Capital
  • Dr. Mark G. Jackson, Founder and President, Fiat Physica Inc.
  • Steven Jorgenson, Partner, Space Finance Group
  • Stephen T. “Steve” Jurvetson, Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
  • Bruce D. Kraselsky, Managing Director, Space Partnership International
  • Chris Lewicki, President and Chief Engineer, Planetary Resources
  • Jeff Greason, CTO and Chairman of the Board, XCOR Aerospace
  • Sunil Nagaraj, Vice President, Bessemer Venture Partners
  • Scott Nolan, Partner, Founders Fund
  • George Whitesides, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Galactic

See more of the featured speakers and request an invitation at Invitations are non-transferable.

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a field office in Houston and conducts government affairs from its Washington, D.C., office. It annually publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Flickr and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.