Invitation to MIT/Stanford Venture Lab Event

Invitation to MIT/Stanford Venture Lab Event

September 8, 2011 Partner News

Silicon Valley, CA – Join the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) at the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB) event on Tuesday, September 20th at 6 PM. This chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum is one of the largest ongoing gatherings of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and thought leaders, and welcomes the members of the space community. The event is titled “The NewSpace Race is On! Companies Launching in 10, 9, 8, 7…” and discount early bird tickets are available until September 9th.

Event Description:

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 6:00 PM.

Location: Stanford Graduate School of Business, Cemex Auditorium 655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305

With reduced government funding for space programs, the outlook is shifting away from traditional space organizations over to the funding of private entrepreneurs. The coming years are projected to see a dramatic growth in technological innovations and new business models, similar to the Internet growth in the 1990s, resulting in universal access to space.

Entrepreneurs are now exploring opportunities with new rocket launchers, novel uses of affordable small satellites, space tourism, and even space-based power generation and extraterrestrial mining.

How can entrepreneurs successfully launch new ventures in the space industry? Who will fund highly front-loaded capital requirements? What business models are effective? How will technology commercialization mesh with market windows? What about multi-national regulatory incompatibilities and industry incumbents?

Space has always been a petri dish to breed new technologies that later penetrate our everyday life. Discover the latest developments and learn how private investors and businesses are planning to overcome capital intensity and provide new solutions for our problems on Earth. More information and registration is available on the event site.


  • Amaresh Kollipara, Managing Partner of Earth2Orbit, LLC and Strategic Consultant
  • William Pomerantz, Vice President, Special Projects, Virgin Galactic
  • Jeffrey Manber, Managing Director, NanoRacks
  • Bob Richards, Co-founder and CEO, Moon Express

About VLAB

The MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB: is the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth and success of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures by connecting ideas, technology and people. We host the largest ongoing gathering of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and thought leaders at our monthly events at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, with an ecosystem that includes 25,000+ Bay Area influencers. Discover more at