FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Draper University partners with the Global Startup Ecosystem and LightSpeed Innovations to host the most disruptive gathering of innovators at the 2018 Space Tech Summit

Silicon Valley, USA- October 10, 2017 – To accelerate the commercialization of space, Draper University has partnered with the Global Startup Ecosystem and LightSpeed Innovations to host the first annual Space Tech Summit on January 23-24, 2018.  The Space Tech Summit brings together hundreds of entrepreneurs, pioneers, and creatives under one roof to address humanity’s grandest challenges via space technology. The summit also serves to bring key stakeholders that will accelerate both the exploration and the expansion of space into mainstream audiences.

The 2018 Space Tech Summit will achieve this by covering two themes. Part one is centered on “Ecosystem Influencers of Space Tech”  which spotlights the unexpected leaders in space- from mainstream media reporters to celebrities. Insights from these leaders drives a new generation of changemakers leveraging space tech for humanity. Part two is centered on “The Future Exploration and Commercialization of Space”  with an analysis of the technologies being used to kick off startups, SME’s and enterprises; along with a deep dive look into the contributions of VC fund managers, angel investors, research think tanks, governments and corporate innovators to drive the space industry to new heights.

The event will host speakers from Google, X-Prize, IBM, NASA, SpaceX, Boeing, Amazon and more. Over 20+ media representatives from Space News, Forbes, Bloomberg, Wired Magazine, Tech Crunch and more will also be in attendance.

“Thinking 10X is the first lesson at Draper University and a recurring theme in our efforts to enable entrepreneurs to build innovative companies that will drive the change that we all want to see in the world. We are excited to be partnering with LightSpeed Innovations and Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) to launch  this initiative and play our part in building and funding the space tech frontier.” Asra Nadeem – Director Entrepreneurial Programs.

“This summit is not only for the innovators of today but also for the game-changers of tomorrow. From Elon Musk’s SpaceX to Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic to Peter Diamandis’s International Space University, the acceleration of space as a final tech frontier can be sparked by anyone who has an interest and passion for this movement. As a leader in ecosystem acceleration, we at GSE are proud to continue the legacy of space exploration.” Einstein Ntim- Partner @ Global Startup Ecosystem.

“We think of space not as the final frontier, but as the next. With the Space Tech Summit, we aim to recreate the sense of wonder and inspiration that has driven humanity throughout history to reach for the stars. As part of our mission at LightSpeed to build a strong and vibrant aerospace community, we are excited to be partnering with GSE and Draper University to drive innovation ever onward and upward.” Kaan Pinar – Associate Partner @ LightSpeed Innovations

For interests related to speaking, press and partnerships please direct inquiries to info@spacetechsummit.com and purchase tickets via www.spacetechsummit.com.

About Space Tech Summit:

The Space Tech Summit is a multi year initiative of Draper University, Global Startup Ecosystem and LightSpeed Innovations that brings together hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, and creatives under one roof to address humanity’s grandest challenges via space technology. The summit also serves to bring key stakeholders that will accelerate both the exploration and commercialization of the Space ecosystem.

About Draper University:

Tim Draper, legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist founded Draper University in 2012 with a vision and belief that in order to change the world we have to change education. Draper University aims to teach entrepreneurship globally in an entirely new way. Through hands on training, an innovative curriculum and thought leadership Draper University brings together young entrepreneurs, startup founders, executives and investors all under one roof. In the last four years, Draper University alumni have created 371 companies, raised $89M+ in early stage funding, 27 have been accepted into YC, 500 and other accelerators and 7 have been recognized in Forbes 30 under 30.

About Global Startup Ecosystem:

Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE): is the world’s largest ecosystem accelerator. With a mission to educate, inspire and prepare startup communities for the digital age, GSE brings together both private and public stakeholders to address humanity’s grandest challenges via tech and entrepreneurship. From hosting the world’s first and largest digital accelerator to launching disruptive tech summits in emerging markets and emerging industries, GSE serves as the future platform for the world’s leading ecosystem hubs. GSE’s online network accelerates 1000+ companies a year across 90+ countries in 7 key regions – Africa, Asia, America, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East with a focus in frontier tech industries such as Space, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and more. GSE’s offline network accelerates thousands of entrepreneurs, influencers and creatives via annual tech summits featuring 100 global speakers per event.

About LightSpeed Innovations:

LightSpeed Innovations is an aerospace focused business accelerator that sources and mentors aerospace entrepreneurs and startup companies. It enables founders/entrepreneurs to build sustainable businesses, create value, and strive to achieve revenues and profitability as soon as possible   through partnering with a cadre of elite aerospace focused investors all looking to support building out the aerospace entrepreneurial ecosystem. As an adjunct to the accelerator program, LightSpeed runs the Frontier Tech Investment Network (FTIN), a network that meets monthly where LightSpeed connects experienced investors with early stage startups aiming to commercialize ‘Deep Tech’.

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