"To all you kids down there, I was once a child with a dream looking up to the stars... If we can do this, just imagine what you can do.”
This was Sir Richard Branson’s message as he looked down on earth from VSS Unity – the Virgin Galactic space plane that transported him and three colleagues to the edge of space earlier this month. His flight came just days before Jeff Bezos and three passengers had a similar successful trip aboard the Blue Origin spacecraft, New Shepard.
Sir Branson and Bezos, along with fellow space entrepreneur Elon Musk, are bringing attention to a new era of space exploration along with entrepreneurial opportunities. The space industry is an emerging sector, and the Global Entrepreneurship Network is supporting it via GEN Space.
GEN Space, which launched in 2019, promotes collaboration and helps to increase the viability of space commerce by connecting existing and nascent space entrepreneurs with relevant government agencies, industry, and investors. It connects more than 3,700 companies with potential to solve the biggest challenges facing space exploration and science. These companies are developing Space hardware, big Space data analysis, habitats, launch systems, propulsion technologies, mega constellations, Space tourism, advanced materials, exotic fuels, life support, Space farming, in-situ resource management, among other exciting opportunities.
GEN Space, like other GEN programs, is designed to make it easier for anyone, anywhere to start a business in Space. Sir Branson said it best in his message to entrepreneurs during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020: “Everyone has the potential to become an entrepreneur and create positive change in their communities.”
Watch Sir Richard Branson’s message to entrepreneurs during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020: