2014 Lightning Pitch Competitors Announced

2014 Lightning Pitch Competitors Announced

June 12, 2014 Press Releases

2014 Lightning Pitch Competitors Announced

The NewSpace Business Plan Competition, in collaboration with its sponsors (The Space Frontier Foundation, ATK, and Heinlein Prize Trust) are excited to announce the competitors for this years’ unique program, the 2014 Lightning Pitch Competition.  Competitors are listed below, in alphabetical order.

This years’ Lightning Pitch Competition is a novel format, somewhere between an “Elevator Pitch” Competition and a traditional Business Plan Competition.  During the first day of the Space Frontier Foundation’s annual NewSpace Conference, each of the eight competitors will deliver a four minute presentation to an audience of space industry professionals, Silicon Valley investors and our Lightning Pitch judges.

Later that evening, at a special reception sponsored by the Heinlein Prize Trust, we will award $30,000 in cash prizes!  ATK has generously sponsored these awards:

  • 1st Place- $20,000
  • 2nd Place- $7,500
  • 3rd Place- $2,500

Thanks to ATK  and the Heinlein Prize Trust and all of our other sponsors and contributors for their generous support of our ongoing efforts to assist and showcase new startups and expanding firms who can demonstrate both the ability to provide a return on investment and the capacity to contribute to opening the space frontier.  To learn more about our efforts to open the frontier through the power of free enterprise, please visit the NewSpace Business Plan Competition website or Click Here to register to attend the NewSpace Conference.



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Accion Systems
Boston, Massachusetts
The Accion team of MIT PhDs is transforming the small satellite industry with its propulsion
systems based on innovative ion beam technology.
Web: http://www.accion-systems.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AccionSystems

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Mountain View, California
CubeCab: tiny rockets for CubeSats to LEO. No rideshare, months not years, your own orbit. Do space for cheap, scale to BYO constellations.
Web:  http://cubecab.com/

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Palo Alto, California
Cubersation, a California based startup, provides dedicated ground services to nano/micro satellite operators, with its global network.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Cubersation





Elysium Space
San Francisco, California
Elysium Space combines experience from major NASA space missions and deep-rooted funeral business knowledge to offer affordable memorial spaceflight services.
Web:  http://elysiumspace.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elysiumspace
Twitter: https://twitter.com/elysiumspace





Phoenix, Arizona
Hive delivers small satellites to orbit, en masse, through a patent-pending dispensing module


Michigan City, Indiana
Rockzip designs and builds highballoons that everyone can afford to launch. Start YOUR space program today – fly high and fly often!
Web:  http://www.rockzip.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/highballoons
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Highballoons
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Space Resources Extraction Technology
Hunstville, Alabama
We will Microwave the moon to extract water from the polar permafrost to produce rocket propellant for exploration of the space frontier.

Google Search:  Microwave the moon for water


Terran Sciences Group
Orlando, Florida
TSG is a small company with revolutionary ideas- like safe havens on the Earth, moon, or Mars built from local regolith and a big laser!
Web:  http://terransciencesgroup.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/terransciencesgroup
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/TSG_Research