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Space Commerce Institute to Host Monthly Entrepreneurship Workshops for World Space Week 2023

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — June 15, 2023 —  Space Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1983, offering information, education and collaboration for the global space ecosystem, today announced that its Space Commerce Institute is partnering with the World Space Week Association to host a series of free monthly space entrepreneur workshops leading up to World Space Week 2023, Oct. 4-10.

In 1999, the U.N. General Assembly declared Oct. 4-10 as World Space Week. Since then, it has grown to be the largest space event on Earth, according to the Association. Events are held that week each year by space agencies, the industry, the U.N., schools, and thousands of organizations. World Space Week 2022 produced a record-breaking number of 11,221 reported events in 87 countries.

For this year’s event, the theme “Space Entrepreneurship” has been chosen to inspire the upcoming generation to explore not only the realms of space technology but also the business aspects, as they consider potential careers in the global space ecosystem. Through these engaging space entrepreneur workshops, Space Commerce Institute aims to cultivate entrepreneurship on a global scale and equip aspiring entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the ever-evolving landscape of the space industry.

Kelli Kedis Ogborn, Space Foundation vice president of space commerce and entrepreneurship remarked, “The future of space will be shaped by creativity, imagination, and a diverse set of backgrounds and skill sets. Our mission is to illuminate the vast expanse of opportunities within the realm of space, empowering entrepreneurs worldwide to refine their skills and seize these prospects, enabling them to seamlessly integrate into the global space supply chain.”

“These workshops not only symbolize a ground for creativity in the space sector but also offer a fantastic opportunity for emerging entrepreneurs to explore the boundless potential that space holds,” said World Space Week Association Director Maruska Strah. “Through these workshops, we look forward to setting the stage for transformative breakthroughs in the field of space entrepreneurship and further enriching the global space community.”

Event Details

Event: Entrepreneurship Opportunities in the New Space Ecosystem
Date: Available on-demand July 5
Activities: Innovation in the industry and the evolving landscape; understanding opportunities, how they are shaping the marketplace, and how to create a strategy for insertion and growth.
Q&A Session: Wednesday, July 19; 11 a.m. EDT/5 p.m. CEST/12 a.m. +1 day JST
Register for Q&A Session: www.eventbrite.com/entrepreneurship-opportunities-in-the-new-space-ecosystem

Event: Create a Winning Strategy – Scaling an Idea and Securing Funds
Date: Available on-demand Aug. 9
Activities: Learn about common pitfalls to avoid when developing business ideas, securing funding, and crafting a robust business model.
Q&A Session: Wednesday, Aug. 23; 11 a.m. EDT/5 p.m. CEST/12 a.m. +1 day JST
Register for Q&A Session: www.eventbrite.com/create-a-winning-strategy-scaling-an-idea-and-securing-funds-tickets

Event: Position Your Product or Service to Create Champions and Gain Customers
Date: Available on-demand Sept, 6
Activities: Understanding the industries influencing and influenced by space technologies, understanding competition, and creating a value proposition and pitch.
Q&A Session: Monday, Sept. 18; 11 a.m. EDT/5 p.m. CEST/12 a.m. +1 day JST
Register for Q&A Session: www.eventbrite.com/position-your-product-or-service-to-create-champions-and-gain-customers

Participants can access the workshops at www.youtube.com/@worldspaceweekassociation660. Additionally, there will be a live event to be announced at a later date during the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from Oct. 2-6, 2023.

About Space Commerce Institute

Space Commerce Institute, established in 2022 by Space Foundation’s Center for Innovation and Education, is dedicated to opening and expanding opportunities to connect with the most dynamic economy in the world through information, experience, training, mentorship and consultancy. With jobs, services and markets forecasted for considerable growth, Space Commerce Institute allows participants to learn from experts who have perfected what it takes to navigate the evolving mandates from concept to creation and grow businesses in the global space economy. Capitalizing on four decades of advocacy for the space community and leveraging Space Foundation’s unparalleled global network of space leaders, Space Commerce Institute provides accessible, actionable, tangible and targeted programming to bridge the knowledge gap and move participants swiftly toward their goals. To learn more about Space Commerce Institute, visit: https://cie.spacefoundation.org/space-commerce-institute-home/.

About Space Foundation

Space Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1983, offering information, education and collaboration for the global space ecosystem. Driven by partnerships, Space Foundation unites the entire spectrum of stakeholders — business, government, education and local communities — through support from corporate members, sponsors, fundraising and grants. Visit Space Foundation at www.SpaceFoundation.org, and follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedIn and YouTube.

About World Space Week Association

World Space Week Association is the global coordinator of World Space Week. An international non-government, nonprofit organization, the Association is a permanent observer on the U.N. Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. It is supported by voluntary contributions from sponsors including Lockheed Martin Corporation, Sierra Space, Viasat, Astroscale, SES, Thales Alenia Space, and Airbus. The Association, founded in 1982, is one of the world’s oldest space advocacy organizations.

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Tags: Space Foundation, Space Commerce Institute, Center for Innovation and Education, World Space Week, WSW2023, entrepreneurship, space technology, space innovation, space education, space ecosystem, space advocate, space commerce, space-inspired industries, STEAM education, STEM, United Nations

Media Contacts:

 Ilayda Edali
Operations Manager
World Space Week Association
+90 (530) 910-7335
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Rich Cooper
Vice President, Strategic Communications & Outreach
Space Foundation
(202) 596-0714
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Dottie O’Rourke
TECHMarket Communications
(650) 344-1260
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