SATELLITE 2018 Startup Space: Calling All Entrepreneurs

Rockville, MD. – Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – SATELLITE Conference & Exhibition, the largest global satellite and space technology show, will be held March 12-15, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. The SATELLITE program boasts impressive speakers leading discussions on the future of satellite connectivity and how the landscape is changing for so many markets, including transportation, enterprise, media, military/government, and more. So if you’re an innovative entrepreneur who’s looking to change the future of satellite connectivity, this is your chance to make a difference!

This is the second year SATELLITE 2018 will be partnering with the Space Frontier Foundation to host Startup Space, a competition where entrepreneurs pitch their business and technology ideas to a panel of highly accomplished space professionals, investors, thought leaders, and fellow entrepreneurs. And it all takes place on the show floor! The event is open to any of the 14,500 Exhibit Hall attendees.

Only twenty lucky applicants will be chosen to give a five-minute pitch for their company or product in front of a panel of judges followed by a five-minute period during which judges will ask questions or make comments to the contestants. The grand prize winner will receive:

  • Private pitch meetings with major investors
  • 1 free, full-week, full-access registration pass to the SATELLITE 2019 Conference & Exhibition
  • 1 free, full-access registration pass to the NewSpace 2018 conference
  • An interview with SATELLITE 2018 Chairman, Jeffrey Hill, to be featured in Via Satellite magazine
  • ….and more!

David Shaw, Co-Founder of Astrapi Communications, was the 2017 Startup Space grand prize winner! When asked how his involvement with Startup Space has affected his company in the previous months, he responded with, “We understood the win to be an important event and it was. We immediately had prospective customers and alliance partners express interest in engaging at a deeper level. We now have inbound calls from both investment banks and prospective investors. Our expectation is that the Startup Space Pitch competition will lead to a successful “A” round of funding in an accelerated fashion. Time will tell, but it’s not an exaggeration to say the SATELLITE 2017 Startup Space Pitch event will prove to be a seminal event for Astrapi.

To see his pitch, visit our YouTube channel here:

We’re very excited to bring Startup Space back after an extremely successful launch in 2017. This is an amazing opportunity for twenty contestants to bring a fresh perspective to the satellite industry with ideas that are personally important to them. What better place to get yourself going in this business than the world’s largest commercial satellite show?” says Jeffrey Hill, SATELLITE Conference Chairman.

The deadline to apply is December 31, 2017 so register today for your chance to become the next Startup Space grand prize winner!

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Want to drive the next generation of startups? The Startup Space title sponsorship is available! If you’re interested in being a judge, contact Michael Cassinelli at or +1-301-354-1691 to discuss the best package for your company.

SATELLITE 2018 will be held March 12-15, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center located at 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. Early Bird registration for SATELLITE 2018 is open from now until December 15, 2017 – visit our website and sign up early to secure the lowest prices available.

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About SATELLITE 2018
SATELLITE unites 14,500 aerospace and connectivity thought leaders, entrepreneurs, executives, engineers, end-users and enthusiasts from over 150 countries for the largest and most important global satellite technology event of the year. Serving all industries looking to better their business operations or enhance their strategy through connectivity, the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition will take place on March 12-15, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. For more information, visit