Generation Space launches startup accelerator in U.S.
Feb 6 (Reuters) - British space investment firm Seraphim Space said on Monday its unit, Generation Space, would provide 12 early-stage U.S. startups with a potential to access funding of more than $150 million in total through a new accelerator program.
The 12-week accelerator will focus on startups working in sectors ranging from climate technology and defense to communications and mobility.
Startup accelerators support early-stage companies through education, mentorship and financing. Examples include Y Combinator, which helped launch companies such as vacation rental firm Airbnb (ABNB.O) and social media platform Reddit.
Generation Space will look to replicate the European Seraphim Space accelerator, in which over $240 million in equity funding has been raised from 90 venture capital firms since 2018.
The space industry is grappling with a slowdown in funding due to rising fears about the economy. Investment in space startups more than halved last year after a record 2021.
Seraphim Space still sees some positive signs. It said seed deals were up about 50% in 2022, a sign of investor interest in early-stage startups despite the sagging economy.
The venture capital firm has helped launch $1.2 billion worth satellite communications firm AST SpaceMobile Inc (ASTS.O) and data and analytics company Spire Global (SPIR.N), which has a market valuation of nearly $200 million.
Northern Sky Research last year predicted the global space industry would rake in revenue of $1.25 trillion by 2030, representing a compounded annual growth rate of 6.25%.
Macroeconomic fears have prompted space companies to prioritize proven business models, revenue and government contracts, VC firm Space Capital wrote in a report last month.
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