NewSpace F&I: Finance & Investment
April 29, 2021 | Online :: Pacific Time

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As the NewSpace industry evolved, new markets emerged, and the pioneers who paved the way established the business models that are replicated today. Startups with innovative technologies entering commercial space should take note for long-term success in this capex-heavy industry. This virtual course will connect entrepreneurs with industry leading investors, consultants, a senior representative from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, and a NewSpace startup who will share their early-stage experiences. Learn what it takes to raise financing and investment (F&I), form lasting partnerships, and grow from startup to maturity.

Learning Outcomes

This course will provide attendees an opportunity to:

  • Identify best practices from active investors
  • Evaluate successful business models that deliver ROI
  • Discuss SPAC (Special-Purpose Acquisition Companies)
  • Gain a better understanding of financing and capex cycles
  • Hear lessons learned from recognized NewSpace entrepreneurs
  • Develop strategies for getting through the early-stage, the R&D stage, and scalability
  • Recognize the importance of strategic partnerships and collaboration
  • Find out how government agencies leverage the commercial sector for increased capabilities
  • Gauge commercial opportunities and learn how corporate clients create a competitive advantage through NewSpace applications
  • Discover the keys to surviving and then thriving in the NewSpace industry



LRA has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, LRA has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, LRA is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

LRA is authorized by IACET to offer 0.6 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

 Instructional Methods:

PowerPoint presentations and Panel Discussions will be used in the program.

Who Should Attend

  • NewSpace startups, entrepreneurs
  • Financiers & investors of NewSpace startups
  • Federal agencies (NASA, DoD, NOAA) who contract NewSpace startups
  • Aerospace & defense prime contractors who subcontract, merge with, or acquire NewSpace startups


Thursday, April 29, 2021

9:00 am – 4:00 p.m. (Pacific)

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log-In & Opening Remarks

All sessions include time for Q&A with the audience and conclude with a networking break.

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. :: Traditional & Alternative Sources to Raise Financing

  • Overview of the NewSpace or commercial space industry
  • Market outlook and business models that are working
  • Financial services from big banks to crowdfunding
  • Public alternatives to traditional venture and institutional investment
  • Founder Friendly deals
  • Investor’s Insight on scalability, early pitfalls and lessons learned
  • Timelines and expectations for ROI
  • Survival tips during the pandemic recession
  • SPAC (Special-Purpose Acquisition Companies) deals & considerations

Aaron Burnett, Founder, Spaced Ventures

Ellen Chang, Director, Naval Portfolio, BMNT

Raphael Roettgen, Founder & Managing Partner, E2MC Ventures

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: An Entrepreneur’s Success Story: Early-Stage Lessons Learned

  • Streamlining the R&D stage
  • Business models that deliver ROI
  • Innovations in manufacturing and production to trim costs
  • Market challenges and national security issues
  • Partnership opportunities
  • The end goal from the NewSpace startups perspective

Daniel Faber, CEO, Orbit Fab, Inc.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. :: Partnering with Government for Aerospace & Defense

The US Space Force and venture capital firm, In-Q-Tel, share their perspectives on the NewSpace industry and market opportunities for innovative startups.

  • Drivers for outsourcing commercial solutions
  • Leveraging commercial sector for increased capabilities & competitiveness
  • National security measures
  • The importance of an American supply chain

Robert Bumpass, Contracting Officer, Base Operations Support Flight, 30th Contracting Squadron, Vandenberg Air Force Base

Thomas Gillespie, Managing Partner, Washington, DC at In-Q-Tel

Major Rheesa A. Paluay, Commander, 30th Contracting Squadron, Vandenberg Air Force Base

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. :: Corporate Initiatives to Acquire NewSpace Capabilities

  • What are the industry opportunities in space for innovation in food, health, materials, mining, energy, and travel?
  • Which companies are investing in space startups, partnerships, and other types of collaboration?
  • What capabilities and competitive advantages will these deals bring to the companies involved?

Mark Bünger, Principal & Cofounder, Futurity Studio


  • Robert Bumpass, Contracting Officer, Base Operations Support Flight, 30th Contracting Squadron, Vandenberg Air Force Base

  • Mark Bünger, Principal & Cofounder, Futurity Studio

  • Aaron Burnett, Founder, Spaced Ventures

  • Ellen Chang, Director, Naval Portfolio, BMNT

  • Daniel Faber, CEO, Orbit Fab, Inc.

  • Thomas Gillespie, Managing Partner, Washington, DC at In-Q-Tel

  • Major Rheesa A. Paluay, Commander, 30th Contracting Squadron, Vandenberg Air Force Base

  • Raphael Roettgen, Founder & Managing Partner, E2MC Ventures

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

Event Standard RateAttendees
NewSpace F&I: Finance & Investment - (single connection)US $ 795.00
Pack of 5 connectionsUS $ 3,180.00
Pack of 10 ConnectionsUS $ 5,565.00
Pack of 20 ConnectionsUS $ 9,540.00
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Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before March 26, 2021 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other LRA Institute event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, LRAs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 1 888-305-0392

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