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Space Commerce Institute and The Levan Center of Innovation Launch Entrepreneurial Cohorts for LEVL5: SPACE DOCK

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Jan.17, 2023 — Space Foundation, a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983 for the global space ecosystem, today announced that its Space Commerce Institute and The Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation are launching the first two entrepreneurial cohorts of LEVL5: SPACE DOCK.

In partnership with the Levan Center of Innovation, LEVL5: SPACE DOCK creates 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 also aims to attract professionals in all industries to be a part of the future space economy.

Kelli Kedis Ogborn, Space Foundation’s vice president of space commerce and entrepreneurship remarked, “There has never been a better time to join the space ecosystem. Every day the opportunity landscape grows, inviting all industries to bring their talent and capabilities to expand and sustain the future of space. Our programs will illuminate those insertion points and help entrepreneurs create a framework and business strategy to claim their place.”

Cohorts — LEVL5: SPACE DOCK Ideate and Create and LEVL5: SPACE DOCK Incubate and Implement — will assist entrepreneurs in understanding the opportunities available to them in the emerging space ecosystem and developing market strategies to better position their product or service.

“The space economy continues to expand providing new opportunities for early-stage and young startup companies. The Levan Center of Innovation and Space Foundation’s partnership propels the space economy by providing demanded programs supporting “spacepreneurs” at all stages of the founder’s journey including ideate, incubate, accelerate, and post-accelerate,” said John Wensveen, Ph.D., chief innovation officer, Nova Southeastern University, and executive director, Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation.

Applications for LEVL5: SPACE DOCK Ideate and Create close Jan. 30, 2023, and LEVL5: SPACE DOCK Incubate and Implement close on Feb. 6, 2023.

For more information on how to apply, visit gust.com/programs/levl5-space-dock-ideate.

 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 nova.edu/innovation.

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 www.spacefoundation.org/sci.

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 www.spacefoundation.org/cie, and visit www.discoverspace.org 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 www.SpaceFoundation.org, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, InstagramTwitter and YouTube.

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Space Foundation
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