MassChallenge is one of the largest startup accelerators and supports high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs, providing access to world-class mentorship, in-kind support, and other benefits to help startups succeed. CASIS partnered with MassChallenge to explore how research and technology development in low Earth orbit might give startup companies a competitive edge. Through collaboration with MassChallenge, the ISS National Lab serves as a business incubator—providing a path for entrepreneurs to improve their products or services and shorten time to market.
Since its inception, the Technology in Space Prize has provided $9.7 million in funding to 30 startups for R&D sponsored by the ISS National Lab. Notable projects include:
NASA Astronauts in Space
"Part of the ISS National Lab’s mission is to expand access to the space station to a wide range of users that can maximize use of this powerful platform to return value to the American taxpayer and improve life on Earth. Our collaboration with MassChallenge and Boeing, which is entering its 10th year, has given us the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of startups that may have never considered low Earth orbit for their research and development purposes. From an injectable bone adhesive that accelerates healing of bone fractures to an artificial retina that restores vision in patients with degenerative eye diseases, advancements achieved by startups through space-based research benefit not only the startups themselves but also the nation. We look forward to continuing to work with MassChallenge to support innovative startups that look to space to advance technology and products for people on Earth.”
– Shaun Peiffer, Commercial Innovation Manager for the ISS National Lab
In order to be considered for the Technology in Space Prize you must be part of the U.S. Early Stage program, learn more about how to apply to the program here