Seeing outstanding early-stage founders compete in a pitch competition is not only an integral part of Eureka News Now conferences, but also a favorite of attendees. Seriously, who doesn’t love a pitch-off? And the Space pitch-off is just another compelling reason to go to TC Sessions: Space in Los Angeles on December 6th. Let’s take a look at the jury our intrepid startups need to impress.
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eReturning to the pitch-off. Be there as three of the brightest early-stage space startups take the stage in front of a live audience for glory, media exposure, investor interest and, drum roll please, an automatic spot in the Startup Battlefield 200 at Disrupt 2023. Eureka News Now will select a cohort of 200 early-stage startups to receive a VIP experience that includes entry to all three days of the show—for free—and a chance at $100,000 to start with.
Without further ado, here are the investors who need to impress the pitch-off attendees: Jory Bell, General Partner at Playground Global; Mark Boggett, co-founder and CEO of Seraphim Space; Tess Hatch, Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP); and Emily Henriksson, director at Root Ventures.
Jory Bell sourced some of Playground Global’s earliest investments, including Nervana Systems (acquired by Intel). His first three investments with the company are now unicorns and one, Velo3D, went public last year.
Bell leads the company’s investment efforts in deep tech areas including advanced manufacturing, aerospace, computational therapy, energy, genomics, materials, next-generation computing, and quantum and synthetic biology. His investment portfolio includes Mangata Networks, Relativity Space, and Strand Therapeutics, to name a few.
A pioneer in space technology investing, Mark Boggett co-founded the Seraphim Space Fund and has invested in a portfolio that includes three companies that have reached valuations in the billions. Previously, Boggett was a director at YFM Equity Partners, the firm behind the high profile UK smaller companies VCT 1 and 2.
Boggett also worked at Brewin Dolphin and Williams de Broë. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance and earned a master’s degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Leeds.
Tess Hatch, a Silicon Valley-based BVP partner, is driving entrepreneurship in frontier technology, specifically the commercialization of space, drones, autonomous vehicles, and agriculture and food technology. She is currently a board member at DroneDeploy, Iris Automation, Phantom Auto, and Spire Global, and a board observer at Black Sheep Foods, Forever Oceans, Rocket Lab, and Velo3D.
Hatch was included in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Venture Capital. She speaks and publishes regularly on Bloomberg, Eureka News Now, and other space and frontier technology publications. Earlier in her career, she worked for Boeing and then for SpaceX, where she worked with the government on integrating their payloads into the Falcon 9 rocket.
Hatch earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Stanford University.
Emily Henriksson is a Director at Root Ventures, a firm focused on investing in three areas: tools and infrastructure, low-cost robotics, and hardware and data science. Before joining Root, she worked as a propulsion engineer, designing flight hardware for the SpaceX Falcon and overseeing vehicle construction for time-sensitive missions.
Henriksson also worked on Tesla’s Model 3 battery module team. She has MS and BS degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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