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NASA launches SBIR Ignite Catalyst Program for founders and entrepreneurs
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NASA launches SBIR Ignite Catalyst Program for founders and entrepreneurs
by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX) May 10, 2023

NASA has launched a new program aimed at helping space entrepreneurs and startups prepare to apply for SBIR Ignite funding. The SBIR Ignite Catalyst Program will provide founders with an opportunity to learn more about the SBIR Ignite program, build their NASA networks and knowledge, and strengthen their startup ecosystem connections.

The program includes two key pillars: a Space Startup Ecosystem Digital Community and NASA Networking Events. From now until May 15, founders at any stage can apply to join the program and gain access to these resources. All applicants, whether attending events in person or virtually, can participate in general admission sessions, which include expert panel discussions and networking events.

Ten applicants at each event will be selected to discuss their technology one-on-one with NASA subject matter experts, venture investors, government officials, regulatory experts, and communications and marketing strategists. The dialogue will focus on providing coaching and advice to increase the alignment of founder technology with SBIR Ignite requisites.

The program includes an automatic invitation to join the Space Startup Ecosystem Digital Community and to participate in general admission for two upcoming NASA in-person networking events:

+ The NASA Hybrid Electric Power for Drones Event on June 15 at the 2023 AIAA Aviation Forum in San Diego, CA. This event is geared towards founders with technology that can potentially fuel the next avionic evolution.

+ The NASA Low Earth Orbit Economies Event on June 29 in Culver City, CA. This event will focus on founders building affordable LEO transportation, lunar mining/mineral processing, in-space manufacturing, and active debris removal.

The application process for the SBIR Ignite Catalyst Program is simple and shouldn't take more than an hour or two to complete. The program is built for founders and entrepreneurs who have worked with NASA or are "New to NASA." This can range from new founders with an inception-stage idea to more established founders with seed or Series round funding. It includes those already working on space applications, as well as those who have "non-space" tech with a potential space application that needs further exploration/development.

All applicants will receive an invitation to join the Digital Community, which is run by NASA partner H4XLabs. The Digital Community will give applicants the real-time opportunity to connect with likeminded founders, learn from subject matter experts, identify key industry resources, and join exclusive digital learning opportunities.

The SBIR Ignite Catalyst Program is an exciting opportunity for space entrepreneurs and startups to gain access to valuable resources, connect with industry experts, and strengthen their chances of receiving SBIR Ignite funding. Applications are open until May 15, so don't miss your chance to participate.

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