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Techstars Space Startup Digest

Issue #80  •  December 5  •  View online  •  Suggest a link
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Bringing you out of this world content focused on startups bridging the gap between humanity and the next great frontier: Space.

Calling Startups in Supply Chain Innovation

Techstars Sustainability ChallengeThe Techstars Sustainability Challenge is an equity-free challenge that brings together founders with industry leaders in sustainability. Top Supply Chain solutions in the areas of Data & Automation and Materials & End-of-life Impact will have access to potential commercial opportunities with our corporate partners. We are looking for proven technologies that are able to be pilotable in 2021.
Applications are now open and close March 1, 2021.

Stellar Perspective
A dollar can’t buy you a cup of coffee but that’s what NASA intends to pay for some moon rocks
NASA announced Thursday that several companies had won contracts to mine the moon and turn over small samples to the space agency for a small fee.
SSA Matters
Europe plans space claw to capture orbiting junk
2025 ClearSpace-1 mission will dispose of washing machine–size debris
Space Startup Spotlight
There will be a remote-control car race on the Moon in 2021. Seriously.
An extremely odd project is planning to hold a remote-controlled car race next October … On the surface of the Moon. What’s more, the two racecars will be partially designed by high school kids, and McLaren P1 designer Frank Stephenson is involved.
Astronomical Fundraisings
Space Perspective raises $7M for its plan to ferry tourists to the edge of space
Space tourism startup Space Perspective has raised a new $7 million in seed funding from investors including Prime Movers Lab and Base Ventures . The company, founded by Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, who previously founded stratospheric balloon company World View, is focused on developing Spaceship Neptune, a pressurized passenger capsule
Slingshot Aerospace Garners $8 Million In Series A Funding
Slingshot Aerospace, Inc. has raised $8 million in Series A funds for a total raised of $17.1 million to date — the round is led by ATX Venture Partners, and includes additional investments from Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, Techstars Ventures and Okapi Venture Capital.
European Investment Bank announces first direct financing for European “New Space” sector with €20M venture loan
The financing supports Spire Global’s nanosatellite development and launches, space infrastructure, data analytics, and high-skilled job creation in Luxembourg and the EU.
This represents the First-ever direct EIB financing for the emerging European “New Space” industry
Photo: Spire.
Today at Web Summit 20
India Business News: CHENNAI: Bengaluru-based spacetech startup Astrogate Labs that builds core technologies in optical/laser communication terminals has received an undisclosed sum.
Techstars Startup Digest Space is curated by:
Julian Miller Julian Miller - @gvillesjules
julian.miller@startupdigestmail.com
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