Techstars teams with Starburst to create first global aerospace accelerator for startups

Thursday February 14, 2019 0 comments Tags: Boulder, TechStars, Starburst Aerospace Accelerator, Matt Kozlov, Van Espahbodi

BOULDER/LOS ANGELES -- Techstars and Starburst announced a joint effort to help entrepreneurs succeed in aerospace.Techstars_logoUSE

The Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator, a new Los Angeles-based program, will focus on the next generation of space technology companies and related frontier technologies.

Matt Kozlov will be managing director of the program. He previously led the Cedars Sinai Accelerator Powered by Techstars in Los Angeles and has invested in more than 30 companies.

Van Espahbodi, co-founder and managing director of Starburst, will advise Kozlov and the broader program, applying his experience of accelerating more than 300 aerospace startups.

Building on Techstars success running more than 150 accelerator programs around the world with both government entities and Fortune 500 corporations, coupled with Starburst aerospace industry experience and expertise, this new mentorship-driven accelerator has formal sponsorship from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, Maxar Technologies, SAIC, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and the U.S. Air Force, with support from The Aerospace Corporation.

With recent technological breakthroughs such as reusable rockets, 3D printing, advanced materials, and miniaturization of satellites as well as the introduction and adoption of new business models, the opportunities for entrepreneurs and corporations are unprecedented.

New business models will be a focus for the accelerator, and the consortium will be looking to work with startups that have a use case for new space and related technologies in fields such as energy, communications, robotics and autonomy.

Breakthroughs in these industries contribute to why Bank of America Merrill Lynch recently estimated the space economy will be worth more than $3 trillion by 2045.

“The space industry is massively exciting but also quite complex,” said Kozlov.

“We are bringing together vital industry leaders, both public and private, who will help entrepreneurs navigate the industry and provide unprecedented commercial support and mentorship. We will help founders achieve two years of commercial traction in three months.

“Given the pedigree of our sponsors, I expect this program will very quickly become a vital resource for entrepreneurs building frontier tech.”

“The list of incredible companies just keeps growing,” said Espahbodi. “The broader aerospace industry has finally embraced the notion of ‘open innovation’ by partnering with entrepreneurs to co-develop products, with a compelling business plan to match.

“Starburst is excited to advise the program to ensure early-stage businesses have the appropriate tools to compete in this emerging marketplace.”

The program, Techstars' third accelerator program in California, will kick off in July 2019. Startup companies in commercial space or that are developing related technologies are encouraged to apply.

Startup companies looking to connect with program staff prior to applying or to get feedback on their companies can request Office Hours with Techstars staff.

Boulder-based Techstars is a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars founders connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporations to grow their companies.

Techstars operates three divisions: Techstars Startup Programs, Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs, and Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships. Techstars’ accelerator portfolio includes more than 1,700 companies with a market cap of $18 billion.

Starburst is the first global aerospace accelerator, matching corporates with startups while providing strategic growth consulting for startups and corporations alike.

With offices in Los Angeles, Paris, Montreal, Munich, San Francisco and Singapore, Starburst has built an ecosystem of key players across the aerospace industry including more than 4000+ related startups.