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3 technology focus areas.

10 finalists.

$1,000,000 prize pool.

WHAT IS THE ENTREPRENEURS CHALLENGE?

NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) partnered with the global aerospace hub, Starburst, to jointly launch a pilot program to engage entrepreneurs. The Entrepreneurs Challenge sought to identify individuals and promising commercial companies working on technology that will advance the state-of-the-art in three broadly defined technology focus areas. 

For the inaugural Entrepreneurs Challenge the three technology focus areas were:

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Physics-based transfer learning and artificial intelligence

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Advanced mass spectrometry 

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Quantum sensors

WHERE WE ARE

Applications Close

June 26th, 2020 

Evaluation Complete

July 17th, 2020 

Ask Me Anything #2

June 23rd, 2020 

Ask Me Anything #1

June 16th, 2020 

Announcement / Solicitation Release

June 3rd, 2020 

Evaluation Begins

June 29th, 2020 

Virtual Pitch Event

July 29th, 2020 

APPLICATION WINDOW

SCREENING

EVENT DAY

Innovation Opportunity Conference

October 22nd, 2020

POST-EVENT

WHO'S LEFT

On July 29th, Starburst and the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) hosted a live pitch event where fifteen (15) down-selected individuals and early stage companies had the opportunity to pitch their innovations live to an audience of more than 300 innovation stakeholders including NASA program managers, venture capital investors, corporate representatives, global startup founders, and more!

The pitches were evaluated and scored in real-time by a panel of NASA representatives and the top ten (10) performers were selected to receive $20,000 in on-the-spot prize funding. The ten (1) awardees below will now compete for an opportunity to receive an additional $80,000 in prize funding, live at the Innovation Opportunity Conference (IOC) on October 22nd.

 

Congratulations to all that participated and a special kudos to the selectees below!

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WHAT'S NEXT

On October 22nd, from 11:15AM to 1:30PM (ET), the ten (10) selectees above will present live at the Innovation Opportunity Conference (IOC) for an opportunity to receive the additional $80,000 in prize funding. 

The IOC is a virtual conference event run by the NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. The conference is focused on providing resources, engagement opportunities, and actionable next steps for early-stage companies and entrepreneurs looking to transition their technologies to the next phase of working with NASA. 

The Entrepreneurs Challenge is a NASA innovation program.

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