Space Entrepreneurship 101
What you'll learn
- An overview of the new space economy and why it may be such a big opportunity
- Reviews of each key subsector of the space economy
- Where and how entrepreneurs may obtain financing for a space venture
- None except curiosity about what is happening in space - the course is non-technical both on the business and space side
The space sector is at an inflection point, perhaps similar to where the internet was in the mid-1990s: dramatic cost decreases due to reusable rockets such as SpaceX’s Falcon-9 and other factors turn a number of space business models economically viable for the first time ever. This new space economy is projected to grow to trillions of Dollars over the next decades, providing tremendous opportunities for entrepreneurs - who do not need to be aero/astro engineers to participate in this revolution.
In this course, we will learn about the new space economy, its key drivers and trends, and some of its most important business activities, such as launch, remote sensing, satellite communications and space tourism. The final section of the course provides tangible advice for launching a space startup, e.g. what sources of financing are available.
There are 27 lectures, and the total course takes about three hours. There are no prerequisites other than a keen interest in space and its business opportunities. Whatever your background is, you will be able to easily follow along the course.
Your instructor is a space venture capitalist, author of an acclaimed introductory book on the space economy and host of the Space Business Podcast, among other roles.
Space Entrepreneurship 101 is a course offered in partnership with the Space Business Institute™.
Who this course is for:
- Anybody considering becoming a space entrepreneur, incl. students and executives
- Financial investors interested in investing in space companies
- Corporate intrapreneurs or innovation officers with interest in the space sector
- Corporate executives outside of the space industry but who may benefit from the space sector, e.g. as suppliers or customers
Raphael invests in space companies as founder of E2MC Space Ventures. He is also the author of "Hoch Hinaus", an introductory book on the space economy and the host of the Space Business Podcast. Raphael possesses a unique blend of space and financial expertise. He has twenty years of global financial markets experience in M&A and investing, at global investment banks and hedge funds, and has also been a fintech entrepreneur in Brazil. He holds degrees in Space Studies from the International Space University, Finance from the Wharton School and Machine Learning from PUC-Rio. He is a CFA and FRM charterholder.