CELEBRATE | November 20, 2019

We Have Liftoff: GEN + Astropreneurs Partner to Launch GEN Space

Photo Credit: Viktor Weisz

GEN Space was officially launched during the 2019 MiSK Global Forum. The initiative is to serve an emerging entrepreneurial sector – the space industry – with new programs and a global platform. It promotes collaboration and help to increase the viability of space commerce by connecting existing and nascent space entrepreneurs with relevant government agencies, industry and investors.

GEN Space connects the more than 2,000 companies, which employ thousands of potential “astropreneurs,” that are developing launch systems, space hardware technology and support infrastructure, including: habitats, advanced materials, big data, exotic fuels, flight safety, agricultural products, mining, engineering and space suits, among other things. In addition it will be open to companies that currently serve terrestrial markets but have the potential to solve grand space challenges.

To achieve its goals, GEN Space is:

  • Creating a GEN Space global community that enables collaboration and information sharing among current and potential astropreneurs
  • Supporting and networking newspace ecosystems
  • Raising awareness among global investors of the promise of space entrepreneurship
  • Sharing best practices among accelerators, incubators and their ecosystems globally
  • Promoting the space sector among universities’ science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) schools to help them develop the next generation of space talent
  • Hosting periodic webinars for astropreneuers featuring space investors, astropreneurs and high-profile customers/partners.

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, GEN Space is chairing a Space Entrepreneur Summit at SpaceCom in Houston this week. The Summit includes a one day entrepreneurial workshop and a $100,000 Pitch Challenge. More than 50 space companies have applied, and the top company will be selected on November 21. 

To join the GEN Space network, or learn more information about the initiative, please contact Stephan Reckie at sreckie@genglobal.org.

William is the Chief of Staff at the Global Entrepreneurship Network, where he serves as the Director for the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, as… About the author