Business Plan Competition

The Space Frontier Foundation organizes the annual NewSpace Business Plan Competition. The competition traditionally includes a review of business plan submissions by space industry investors, a mini-boot camp at the annual NewSpace Conference, followed by finalist presentations, and announcement of a winner at the NewSpace Awards Gala.

NASA and the Heinlein Trust have announced sponsorship of the 2011 NewSpace Business Competition, to take place at the NewSpace 2011 Conference.

The prize amounts are as follows:
First Prize$25,000
Second Prize$5,000
Third Prize$2,500

Key dates are as follows:
Jun 17, 20115:00 PM ESTDeadline to submit Intent to Compete Form
Jul 01, 20115:00 PM ESTDeadline to submit Executive Summary
Jul 05, 20115:00 PM ESTHNS BPC announces Teams that are invited to compete
Jul 17, 20115:00 PM ESTInvited Teams will confirm participation by submitting their full written business plan
Jul 28, 20119:00 AM PSTTeams arrive at NASA Ames Research Center, for registration and Boot Camp
Jul 29, 20119:00 AM PSTHeinlein NewSpace Business Plan Competition
Jul 30, 20116:00 PM PSTAwards Gala, Business Plan Competition winners announced

If you are interested in participating in the competition, please Submit a Letter of Intent Here by June 17.

The full rules are described in this document.

Contact Project Manager Thomas A. Olson ( for further information.


Thomas A. Olson
Project Manager
NewSpace Business Plan Competition