Local Business Leaders to Judge Startups Poised to Profit from Outer Space

We are excited to have local expertise pushing the edge of space commerce forward

The Center for Space Commerce and Finance announced today that it has selected the judges for the St. Louis Newspace Business Plan Competition. The competition will be held on May 26th, from 10 AM to 12 PM, in conjunction with the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference (ISDC). The winner will advance to the National NewSpace Business Plan Competition, held in November, and receive a $2,500 cash prize, courtesy of the Heinlein Prize Trust.

Meet the judges at the St. Louis NewSpace Business Plan Competition:

Mark D. Allen

Throughout his career, Mark has driven education, entrepreneurship, enterprise growth, and economic development. Mark crafted programs to create and build professional development education for businesses, delivering Kauffman FastTrac® programs to over 900 adult learners, and conducting education programs for 1,900 participants at all learning levels. He facilitated thought growth in clients and students, helping entrepreneurs to develop a strategic direction for success, leading to 195 new business startups. Mark has created, founded and served as CEO for a holding company employing over 300 associates, driving revenues of $100M, and building operating profits that exceeded $5M annually. Mark currently serves as the Managing Director for WRS Solutions, a business development agency with offices in Kansas City.

Ken Herold

Ken created one of the first CADD and 3D graphic Building Information Management BIM systems for the architectural industry. As the Chief Knowledge Officer for HOK, he delivered creative solutions using Biomimicry, Blue Ocean, and other advanced creative concepts. Ken was the founding…

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