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eSpace Emerges As Mentor For Space Entrepreneurs

by Staff Writers
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 05, 2009
eSpace: The Center for Space Entrepreneurship, a non-profit business incubator for aerospace companies, today announced that it has added new members to its board of directors and a new member to its team of government liaisons.

Already lauded for workforce development programs that encourage high school and college students to enter the aerospace industry, eSpace now fortifies its position as mentor with high-level, connected advisors and guides who can help space entrepreneurs succeed in the highly-regulated, tight-knit aerospace industry during a recessionary economy.

"We bring a wide range of resources to the table for start-up space companies, including office space, infrastructure, and grants," said Diane Dimeff, director of eSpace.

"But perhaps our most valuable resource is people with the experience and connections that can help these entrepreneurs build companies. We have the perfect union of knowledgeable representatives from government, industry and academia who can provide advice and help open doors that would otherwise be barriers to entry. All our executives are highly involved and deeply passionate."

Passion for the eSpace mission has taken the center on an extraordinary journey. Launched in January 2009 as a partnership between the University of Colorado at Boulder and Sierra Nevada's Space Systems Group (formerly SpaceDev), eSpace has already selected the first three companies to participate in the eSpace Incubator: Net-Centric Design Professionals, Space Awareness Services, and Zybek Advanced Products. In addition, eSpace has begun work to develop additional centers in partnership with the Air Force Research Lab and NASA.

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