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Aussie space startups blast off for US bootcamp

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Ten NSW space startup companies will be launched into an intensive bootcamp learning experience in the United States with the support of the NSW Government.

Applications are now open for 10 companies to apply to attend the Austrade Landing Pad bootcamp program in San Francisco.

And the NSW government will cover flight and accommodation costs of up to $10,000 for each successful company.

The bootcamp, to be held over five days from August 27, will introduce early stage NSW businesses to the highly developed San Francisco space industry ecosystem.

Australia’s first astronaut and NSW Space Industry Ambassador, Dr Paul Scully-Power said government support of the bootcamp program was one of a number of key initiatives to help the space economy thrive.

“NSW is home to 41 per cent of Australian space businesses, and is an Australian leader in the space industry. This is a fantastic opportunity for our best start-ups to learn from world leaders in space in the United States,” Dr Scully-Power said.

“NSW is also bidding for the headquarters of the Commonwealth’s new Australian Space Agency, and presents a compelling choice.”

Development strategy

NSW is already the headquarters for Australia’s first space incubator and the state is working with 26 space education and research departments in eight universities.

Also, there are plans to build an Aerospace and Defence Industries Precinct in the Western Sydney Aerotropolis and a NSW aerospace industry development strategy is being developed.

The bootcamp program will include mentoring and business development from established US start-up businesses, networking and partnership opportunities.

The startups will also be given guidance on doing business in the US, and information on the industry’s funding environment.

For more information and to apply to attend the Austrade Landing Pad bootcamp program visit the website.

Applications close next Tuesday (August 7).

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