At NASA, there is no ambiguity in our mission: we reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind. Doing so however, doesn’t just require groundbreaking technologies, it requires visionary people - people who are unwilling to quit despite the most difficult of circumstances. Naturally, this lends itself well to the collaboration with entrepreneurs and the startup companies they found.

With the Entrepreneurs Challenge, NASA is reducing the barriers for individuals and early-stage companies to engage with our various programs. Understanding the need for speed and reduced paperwork NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) has partnered with Starburst to create a collaboration opportunity that seeks to eliminate these new barriers in new ways. 


NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) announces a pilot program — the “Entrepreneurs Challenge” — to support the development of new science instruments and related technologies to advance the Agency’s science exploration goals. SMD seeks novel ideas that are currently trending in the commercial sector, particularly in areas such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, autonomy, robotics, and advanced sensors. In particular, SMD recognizes the potential for valuable contributions from entrepreneurs, where much of the innovation currently resides, and seeks to address barriers to entry with NASA to unleash their full potential. Under this new initiative, SMD is issuing a prize/competition for entrepreneurs to "swing for the fences" and invest in technologies that are game-changing or disruptive, and have the potential of advancing the state-of-the-art.