SpaceCom Entrepreneurship Workshop & Competition

December 4, 2017

SpaceCom hosted the inaugural Entrepreneurship Workshop and Competition held as part of SpaceCom all day on December 4, 2017 in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

During this workshop, investors, accelerators, and leading space industry professionals shared their experience as presenters and mentors to an audience of entrepreneurs. Upon the conclusion of the workshop, our industry judges selected the most promising entrepreneurs to be showcased throughout the SpaceCom 2017 conference program with TapJets being declared the winner by SpaceCom attendees on December 7th as part of the SpaceCom Conference.

Our full day workshop showcased how to:

  • Refine a business plan around your idea or venture
  • Identify investment sources and how to best pitch your plan to them



Workshop Faculty Included:

  • Stephan Reckie, Founding Managing Member, Angelus Funding
  • Steven Gonzalez, NASA Johnson Space Center, Technology Transfer Strategist
  • Dr. Sean Casey, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Silicon Valley Space Center
  • Jane Lea Hicks, Accelerator Director, Houston Technology Center
  • Peter Choi, Resource Supervising Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • Ruben Derderian, Director, International Acceleration, Houston Technology Center
  • Warren Bates, Director of Business Strategy & Portfolio Management, CASIS
  • John S. Reale, Jr., Co-Founder & CEO, Station Houston
  • Ben Levine, Director and Senior Advisor for Transformation, Ogilvy


Prior to the workshop, entrepreneurs provided a Lean Business Model Canvas and a presentation deck provided to SpaceCom by November 20, 2017 via email to workshop organizer Stephan Reckie of Angelus Funding at

Workshop Agenda:

  • 8.00 AM   Check-in and Breakfast
  • 8.30 AM    Introductions and Expectations
  • 8.45 AM    The Habits of a Successful Entrepreneur
  • 9.00 AM    The Future of Space Commercialization Opportunities
  • 9.30 AM    Business Model Canvas Review and Actions
  • 10.15 AM   Break
  • 10.30 AM   Ideation / Validation, Value Proposition
  • 11.00 AM   Intellectual Property Review
  • 11.30 AM   Marketing / Goto-Market Strategy/Plan
  • 12.00 PM  Working Lunch with Questions and Answers
  • 1.00 PM     Access to Capital, Funding Strategy/Plan
  • 2.00 PM    Executive Summaries and Tips
  • 3.00 PM    Investor Presentations and Tips
  • 5.00 PM    Closing and Reception

Entrepreneur Competition:

The top 5 start-ups were selected by a panel committee headed by Stephan Reckie and included a venture capitalist, angel investor, strategic investor, and an accelerator representative. The selected start-ups presented to SpaceCom attendees throughout the conference program and again during the Investors Panel on the final day of the conference.


All start ups were welcome to participate in the workshop, but only start-ups who have raised less than $2 million of outside investment were eligible to enter the Entrepreneurship Competition.

During the SpaceCom conference program:

  1. Each of the top 5 selected start-ups were given 90 seconds to make a speed pitch to the attending audience during the SpaceCom conference program.
  2. SpaceCom attendees voted on their favorite start-ups. There was consideration for two winners – one selected by a panel and the other by popular vote.
  3. The top 5 finalists presented again, with 5 minutes to present and answer questions, on Thursday, December 7, 2017 as part of the Investor Panel and a prize was awarded.


  1. Recognition at SpaceCom in post conference media outreach
  2. Guaranteed extended meeting with an investment firm
  3. Featured presence on SpaceCom website
  4. A booth at SpaceCom 2018
  5. Speaking role at SpaceCom 2018

Participant Fee Structure and Registration:

Registration fee for the workshop and competition was $200 for start-ups and investors. Start-up companies could have up to three (3) attendees from the same company attend under one registration. Qualified start-up companies also received up to two (2) SpaceCom Full Conference badges (including free access to the show floor) – an amazing $1,590 value. In addition, admittance to the workshop was free to all full SpaceCom registrants.

10’x10′ SpaceCom Booth Available to Qualified Startups at Discounted Rate

All qualified startup companies who registered for the SpaceCom Entrepreneurship Workshop and Competition could purchase a 10’x10′ booth on the SpaceCom exhibit Floor for a dramatically discounted rate of $750 (Regular price for a 10’x10′ space is $3,800).



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Made Possible By:

The SpaceCom Entrepreneurship Workshop was made possible through cooperation with following organizations: