Investing in the NewSpace Economy

18 Oct 2022 9:00 AM - 1:15 PM EDT

Morrison Foerster
250 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019

(Registration opens at 8:15 a.m.)

The commercialization of space is upon us, and each of the past five years has witnessed a new record for private investment in the sector. This year’s conference will explore the opportunities and challenges presented by the SpaceTech ecosystem, including an overview of the current investment landscape, a discussion around the development of a legal and regulatory framework, and a selection of the most promising opportunities over the next decade. We will hear from leading investors, entrepreneurs, and government officials working in the multi-trillion-dollar NewSpace industry.

Our panels will focus on the following:

Panel 1: The Commercialization of Space – The Current Landscape 

This is an exciting time for the commercial space industry, as 2021 witnessed more than $15 billion invested in space related businesses, nearly doubling the amount from the year before. 2022 is shaping up to be a record year as well. This panel will discuss the meteoric rise of space as an investment sector and explore the areas that investors and companies are actively pursuing.


  • Carissa Christensen – Chief Executive Officer and Founder, BryceTech
  • Sidney Nakahodo – General Partner, Seldor Capital
  • Lisa Rich – Founder/COO, Xplore, and Founder, Hemisphere Ventures 


  • Paul Downs, Consultant & Former Head of Sovereign Investor Practice, Co-Author The Hunt for Unicorns: How Sovereign Investors are Reshaping Investment in the Digital Economy
Panel 2: The Legal and Regulatory Framework for the Space Economy – An Economic Driver? 

The promotion and development of a comprehensive legal and regulatory regime to govern the emerging private sector capabilities in space would do much to promote private investment in commercial space. This panel of legal experts from private industry and government will consider the need for a comprehensive legal and regulatory framework governing commercial activities in space and the opportunities such a regime presents for economic growth.


  • Thomas Ayres – Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, Voyager Space
  • Karina Drees – President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
  • Professor Matthew Schaefer – Clayton Yeutter Chair, The University of Nebraska


  • Emily Pierce, Attorney-Advisor, US Department of State
Panel 3: The Future of Space – Expectations and Opportunities Over the Next Decade

What does the future hold for commercial space investments, and where should investors and operators focus their attention in the medium and long-term? Our third and final panel will explore the next generation of commercial space innovations and its potential impact on investments.


  • Mark Boggett – Chief Executive Officer, Seraphim Space
  • Liz Stein – Partner, Prime Movers Lab
  • George Weinmann – Senior Director, Orbital Reef Enterprise Development, Blue Origin


  • Diego Lopez, Managing Director, GlobalSWF
Keynote Address​​​​​
  • Jason Kessler – Program Executive, NASA Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program

For more information or to register for the conference, please contact Aleks Zuraw.

Babak Nikravesh and Diego Lopez