Business community invited to CU-Boulder’s AeroSpace Ventures Day on April 17

Published: April 10, 2014

Members of the business community are invited to attend AeroSpace Ventures Day on April 17 at the University of Colorado Boulder.

The all-day event offers aerospace industry technologists, scientists and managers a chance to connect with 24 CU-Boulder faculty members and to learn about technological and scientific advances with applications ranging from human space exploration to climate and weather. Corporate recruiters and hiring managers also are invited to meet with the 140 undergraduate and graduate engineering students who have registered for the event.

The event is hosted by CU-Boulder’s AeroSpace Ventures, a collaboration among aerospace-related departments, institutes, centers and their industry partners to create knowledge and develop new technologies specifically focusing on unmanned and autonomous aircraft, small satellites and Earth and space sensors. A registration fee is required.

Designed to foster connections and initiate the transition of research results into marketable products and services, AeroSpace Ventures Day is aligned with the state’s recent challenge to industry and academia to leverage federal research dollars to support business opportunities that will grow the state’s economy.

A report published in February 2013 by the Brookings Institution called for greater collaboration between industry and academia to improve technology transfer and further capitalize on the strengths of Colorado’s aerospace sector. The report found that the Colorado space economy is a critical driver of economic growth for the state. The industry employs more than 66,000 workers and contributed about $8.7 billion to Colorado’s economy in 2011, representing about 3.8 percent of the state’s private-sector gross domestic product.

AeroSpace Ventures Day includes two tracks – one for senior scientists, technologists and managers and another for corporate recruiters and hiring managers. Keynote addresses by Neal Anderson, vice president for technology development at DigitalGlobe and retired Maj. Gen. Jay Lindell, Colorado’s Aerospace and Defense Industry Champion, will be open to all attendees.

Attendees may also want to partake in the Colorado Space Business Roundtable Aerospace Exchange the evening of April 17 and the Aerospace Student Projects Symposium on Friday, April 18.

Founding corporate partners in CU-Boulder’s AeroSpace Ventures include Ball Aerospace, Blue Canyon Technologies, Braxton Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Sierra Nevada Space Systems, and Surrey Satellite Technologies.

More information and online registration is available at

Diane Dimeff, 303-492-8511
Courtney Staufer, 303-492-7190 or 303-834-0483 (mobile)