NSS Forum September 29: Space Business Panel

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The National Space Society invites you to the next Space Forum

Thursday, September 29, 2022, 9:00 pm to 10:15 pm EDT

Space is a Cool Place for Business – Panel Session

With Special Guests:

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Space is open for business, and its future is going to be powered by “Astropreneurs.” In comparing today’s business access to space to how the expansion of the world wide web enabled new applications and revenue opportunities, space can do even more. From location-based GPS to mapping to asset tracking to Earth observation, space enriches us with vast tangible and intangible benefits. Space business models are being built around industries such as in-space manufacturing, clean energy technologies, life sciences, and space data. Join our panel of leaders in the space industry as they share their journey and perspectives of space as a place of business, as well as how easier access to space benefits nearly every industry on our planet. Join us for this special space forum, as the panelists will discuss and share best practices for Space Entrepreneurship.  Register for the Space Forum today.

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Olivia Gamez Holzhaus is the Founder and CEO of Rhodium Scientific, a Houston-based biotechnology company, focused on facilitating quality assured biotech and biopharma testing and discovery in space. Ms. Holzhaus has positioned Rhodium as an official Commercial Services Provider to multiple national laboratories, including the ISS. She has led the creation and implementation of Rhodium’s Quality, Industry-Compatible (QuIC) Space Process ensuring industry-standard quality controls are incorporated into spaceflight ground and mission operations. Olivia has over 20 years in research and applied life science fields and has served in Scientist and Sr. Engineering positions with research organizations and Fortune 500 companies. She is on the Board of Advisors at Global Entrepreneurship Network-Space (GEN-Space), the International Space Safety Foundation (ISSF), the College of Science & Engineering at Texas State University (TSU), and the Generación STEM Workforce Advisory Council at TSU.

Oluseye Soyode-Johnson is invested in ecosystem-building and the bold application of space technology across Africa to increase its participation in global space innovation and commercial conversation. He is a founding member of the Ericsson-MTN Innovation Hub tasked with driving transformative products for the African TMT industry. He created the first Space venture accelerator for Nigeria that saw the winning startups funded by Meta’s African Deeptech accelerator. He is regularly called upon to mentor startups across Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe, and most recently mentored the maiden European Institute of Innovation for Sustainability (EIIS) Space Accelerator program and the African EO Investment program. He is a frequent technology speaker and guest lecturer including at the International Space University’s Space Studies Program (SSP17).

Brandon Seifert is a strategy expert with ten years of experience in commercializing advanced technologies and navigating growth-stage business dynamics in the space, nuclear, and quantum industries. At USNC, Brandon leads business development and external affairs for the Advanced Technologies division’s nuclear power and propulsion portfolio, ensuring constructive alignment between all revenue-generating, storytelling, and relationship-building activities. Across several different space and space-related startups, Brandon has served as a co-founder, an early-stage employee, and an advisor.

Kalle Vähä-Jaakkola is Captain & Co-founder of Space Nation. A former Finnish special forces military trainer and private sector educator with a love for humanity and space. Cool-headed with unstoppable resilience toward the vision of settling humanity into space to lift us all into Universal Citizens. Advisor to GEN Space, a global space entrepreneurship network.

Stephan Reckie is the Executive Director of Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Space, a universal network of ecosystems for Astropreneurs. He is the co-founder of Angelus Funding, a trust-based global angel network investing in innovative and impactful opportunities and is a World Business Angel Forum Senator and a member of the Global Business Angels Network. Stephan is a co-founding partner at Edge of Space, a company providing STEAM access to space. As the CEO of the non-profit Transform Poverty Global, he is focused on addressing global poverty along with climate change. Stephan serves on the board of directors of numerous impactful companies, including Spring Health India, and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), amongst others. He is an adjunct professor at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, teaching graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurial presentation and sales skills.

Register today to reserve your seat and ask your questions. Use the link below.

Register no later than September 29 at 8 pm EDT

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