A bit about LightSpeed Innovations
The leading aerospace startup accelerator in the US
LightSpeed Innovations is a startup business accelerator focused on aerospace companies. LightSpeed offers startups access to a large network of experts, mentors, and investors. Portfolio companies go through an intensive 4-month business bootcamp. The companies are in areas ranging from rocket propulsion, asteroid mining, drone hardware, and flight intelligence to nanosatellite imagery, virtual/augmented reality, and building habitats on Mars.
As an associate partner, I was involved with sourcing, organizing, interviewing and selecting for our 4th (NewSpace focus) and 5th (Drones & NewSpace focus) cohorts. Our 2017-01 Space Cohort was in collaboration with the United States Air Force and featured 9 companies. Our latest 2017-02 Cohort features 8 companies. Besides co-teaching the accelerator curriculum, setting up events and leading the expansion of the LightSpeed Innovations brand, I mentored directly 7 of the companies, Lumenora, RedWorks, Orbital Sidekick, Koolock, 4th Law, Voyager Space, and Space Exchange coaching them through business development, market research, customer outreach and pitching efforts.