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NewSpace 2006 Business Plan Competition
"Call for Entries"

Over the next few years new space companies will begin to transform many aspects of the broader space industry. With the ongoing development of new launch options, lower cost spacecraft, advanced satellite technologies, and viable space tourism ventures, the industry is entering a critical inflection point, one in which entrepreneurs are driving change.

This year's Space Frontier Foundation Annual Conference, NewSpace 2006, will feature a business plan competition for space entrepreneurs. The competition will be a competitive and educational experience for participants and audience members. Notable investors and advisors will be present to hear and judge the plans during the interactive competition, offering constructive feedback and guidance as required. The NewSpace 2006 Business Plan Competition promises to be a must attend event for companies seeking to obtain exposure, professional feedback, and investor leads.

Entrepreneurial space companies who are interested in participating in this rewarding competition are asked to submit a 1-3 page executive summary of their plan by July 10th to
amaresh@spacefrontierfoundation.org. Amaresh Kollipara is an entrepreneur and a former Accenture executive who will screen the entries. Entries should have some relation to space related markets such as space transportation, space robotics, space-related entertainment, remote sensing, space communications, materials sciences, life support green technologies, etc. Companies selected to present will be asked to submit a 10 minute presentation in advance of the competition. A guideline for presentations can be found at the link below. Special thanks to Mark Zetter of Golden Capital Network for the templates and formats we will use for this competition.

All selected finalists will have the opportunity to present their plans at a special event during the conference on Friday, July 21st at 4pm. A panel of distinguished judges will assess the presentations and designate a winner. The winning team will receive a $1,000 poker chip donated by one of the judges, an award at the conference gala, and recognition on the Space Frontier Foundation web site.

The competition judges include:

Lowell Ness – Partner, Orrick Herrington

Jacques Vallee – Partner, SBV Venture Partners

Dr. Lee Valentine – Angel Investor, Executive Vice-President Space Studies Institute

Mahanjit Jolly – Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures

Amaresh Kollipara – Entrepreneur, Aerospace Consultant

Aneel Pandey – Angel Investor

Additional judges from the venture capital and angel investing community will be added. Judges will use the following criteria for judging:

NewSpace 2006 Conference Overview:
Commemorating the anniversary of Apollo and humanity's first steps on another world and celebrating the rise of a NewSpace movement that is opening the frontier to everyone, NewSpace 2006 will build on a foundation of exploration and point the way to the human settlement of space. Running from July 19-23 at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, NewSpace 2006 will feature different leading edge subjects each day. A variety of sessions will draw a variety of speakers and attendees, from entrepreneurs building new rocketships and new space companies to space enthusiasts who want to learn about this exciting new movement, to people who want to go themselves. Additional conference information can be found at:

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