Startup Space

Produced in Partnership with Jack Industries


Startup Space will take place Tuesday, March 19, 2024, in the SATELLITE Unveiled Theater, located on the Exhibit Hall floor!

The 8th Annual Startup Space, hosted by the SATELLITE Conference & Exhibition, serves as a platform to unite startup companies and investors. This exciting entrepreneur pitch competition is carefully crafted to foster investment and spur industry growth by facilitating exclusive private meetings for the grand prize winner.

Contest Format

Startup Space competition participants are divided into groups and allotted five minutes to present their company or product to a panel of judges. After each pitch, there will be a five-minute window for judges to ask questions or provide feedback to the contestants.

Presentations are evaluated by the judges using a standardized set of criteria encompassing different categories. The contestant who achieves the highest overall score will be crowned the contest winner and awarded the grand prize – a series of private pitch meetings with prominent space investors!

Meet This Year’s Participants:

Group 1:

  • Matteo Cuccorese, CEO & Co-Founder, SpAIce Tech
  • David Barnhart, CEO, Arkisys Inc.
  • Katrin Bacic, CEO, UNIO Enterprise GmbH
  • Ryan Elliott, President, In Orbit Aerospace Inc.
  • Myléne Bosio, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Aldoria

Group 2:

  • Patrick Shannon, CEO & Co-Founder, TrustPoint
  • Bosco Lai, CEO, Little Place Labs
  • Naoki Funhashi, Head of Business Development, Pale Blue Inc.
  • Keyvan Bahadori, CEO, PlaneWave Instruments
  • Kevin Stadnyk, CEO & Co-Founder, Obruta Space Solutions

Meet This Year’s Judges:

  • David Anderman, Co-Founder & Operating Partner, Stellar Ventures
  • Mark Boggett, CEO, Seraphim Capital
  • Terence Craig, Chief Investment Office, The Impact Seat & Advisor, Toyota Ventures
  • Garreth Keane, Partner, Promus Ventures
  • Michael Mealling, General Partner, Starbridge Venture Capital
  • Josephine Millward, Partner, OpAmp Capital
  • Matt O’Connell, Operating Partner, DCVC
  • Michael Palank, General Partner, MaC Venture Capital
  • Dr. Alison Perez, Ventures Program Manager, Lockheed Martin Ventures
  • Raphael Roettgen, General Partner, E2MC Ventures
  • Sherman Williams II, Partner, AIN Ventures


2023: Magnestar
2022: Vyoma
2021: AV SpaceTech and TMY Technologies
2020: Traxyl
2019: Eventech and Orbit Fab
2018: LeoLabs
2017: Astrapi Corporation

Interested in exhibiting at SATELLITE 2024? Check out the Startup Pavilion on the show floor! Contact Michael Cassinelli today at or +1 (301) 354-1691 for details and availability!