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Space Commerce Institute Partners with The Levan Center of Innovation for 2022 South Florida Space Day

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Oct. 6, 2022 — Space Foundation, a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983 for the global space ecosystem, today announced that its Space Commerce Institute is partnering with The Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation for the first South Florida Space Day. The event will take place Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The event, hosted by the Levan Center of Innovation, will convene stakeholders and entrepreneurs to connect the South Florida region to the Florida Space Coast, national, and international space ecosystems. It will focus on trends, challenges, opportunities and strategies of entrepreneurship within the space sector and provide attendees with more awareness of the various opportunities that exist within it. The day-long program will include panels, seminars, an entrepreneur showcase, an entrepreneur pitch event, a business exhibition, and networking opportunities.

Kelli Kedis Ogborn, Space Foundation’s vice president of space commerce and entrepreneurship, will engage in a fireside chat with Kevin Laliberte, Senior Enlisted Leader of U.S. Space Force, Space Delta 3 and U.S. Air Force, Special Ops. They will discuss U.S. Space Force and strategies for working with the U.S. government. Kedis Ogborn will also moderate a discussion panel on space medicine and its potential in space exploration.

Other notable speakers include:

  • Trent Smith, Manager of the Technology Transfer Office at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center
  • Mike Vinje, Small Business Technology Manager at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center
  • Heather Hettrick, Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University (NSU)
  • John Wensveen, Ph.D., NSU’s Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of the Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation

South Florida Space Day is also the official launch of The Levan Center of Innovation’s LEVL5: SPACE DOCK. In collaboration with Space Foundation, LEVL5: SPACE DOCK will create a collaborative environment in the space sector for industry, government, academia, entrepreneurs and investors to pursue entrepreneurial activities for the advancement of the South Florida economy. The program will include space-specific entrepreneurial cohorts, specialized events, a curated speaker’s series, and more.

For more information on the event and registration, please visit

About Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation (Levan Center)

The Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation (Levan Center) is a public-private partnership between Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and Broward County. The Levan Center is the world’s first “theme park” for entrepreneurs and supporting stakeholders located in a 54,000 sq. ft. purpose-built facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Levan Center is focused on three themes (innovation, technology, entrepreneurship) and four pillars known as the Founder’s Journey (Ideate, Incubate, Accelerate, Post-Accelerate). The Levan Center serves the NSU and South Florida communities resulting in breakthrough ideation, new technologies, job creation, talent skills pipeline, new company formation, philanthropic initiatives and scaling of early-stage and young startup companies. Each of the four pillars are supported by customized programs, events, and wraparound services. The Levan Center is an economic and education development engine for serving South Florida with local, regional, national, and international impact. By powering the innovation ecosystem, the Levan Center is a major stakeholder in the establishment of a tech hub for Broward County and South Florida. For more information, please visit

About Space Commerce Institute

Space Commerce Institute is a program offered by Space Foundation’s Center for Innovation and Education to facilitate access and growth for university students, entrepreneurs, businesses and professionals in the global space ecosystem. The program offers four distinct pillars of service, each designed at various levels to support specialized needs throughout phases of growth: Space Foundation University, Professional Development, Consulting Services, and Specialized Programming. To learn more about Space Commerce Institute, visit

About Center for Innovation and Education

Center for Innovation and Education, a division of Space Foundation, is a lifelong learning provider for the global space ecosystem that offers workforce development and economic opportunity for pre-K-12 and university students, teachers, entrepreneurs, businesses and space professionals. Programs and resources are delivered in person or virtually around the globe. Through its Workforce Development Roadmap of programs and resources, Center for Innovation and Education enhances the outlook and opportunities for careers, jobs and business ventures. To learn more about Center for Innovation and Education, please visit, and visit to learn more about Space Foundation Discovery Center.

About Space Foundation

Space Foundation is a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983, offering a gateway to information, education and collaboration for space exploration and space-to-Earth industries that define the global space ecosystem. Driven by a partnership model, Space Foundation operates three divisions that unite the entire spectrum of stakeholders — business, government, education and local communities — through support from corporate membership, sponsorship, fundraising and grants. Symposium 365 is the premier source for media and events, including Space Symposium and The Space Report. Center for Innovation and Education is a lifelong learning platform. Global Alliance facilitates collaboration around the world. Visit Space Foundation at, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, InstagramTwitter and YouTube.


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