NASA iTech in Rochester

Post updated, see below.

On Friday November 9 at 6 PM will speak in Rochester Kira Blackwell from NASA.  The program “NASA iTech: An innovative way to work with entrepreneurs” is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Rochester MN hosted by Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship and Collider Coworking at Mann Hall, 321 3rd Avenue Southwest, Rochester MN – Mayo Clinic Science Building.

Ms. Blackwell is a Program Executive at NASA HQ within the Space Technology Mission Directorate Office. Kira’s vision for an innovative program within NASA to strategically identify entrepreneurs developing cutting edge technologies that have both an Earth and agency application, is how NASA iTech was formed. NASA iTech provides a platform to evaluate the technologies and an opportunity for the startups to leverage private investment dollars for further development. In the first 18 months of the program, the startups were able to leverage $210 million dollars in private investments funds, creating a unique model at a nominal cost to the federal government and successfully working with both entrepreneurs and investors. Ms. Blackwell previously managed her own consulting business helping innovative startups succeed. Her previous positions include serving as the Executive Director of Operations at Chrysalis BioTherapeutics Inc., the Director of Strategic Relations for the Houston Technology Center (HTC) at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC), facilitating local and international partnerships to leverage JSC’s innovative technologies, capabilities, and expertise. Prior to joining HTC, Ms. Blackwell served as the Director of Strategic Relations for Jacobs Technology, one of the largest engineering service contractors for NASA.

Registration here, it is free

Update 11/9: Ms. Blackwell presentation was inspiring and amazing. She is building program, which has impact here on Earth and it’s results will be utilized in space as well. You may watch video from 2018 NASA iTech Cycle III Forum-Day 1 Opening Remarks to have sense, what was her presentation here in Rochester.

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