Accelerating the Aerospace Industry

Jacqueline Davidson

At Aerospace Xelerated, we’re in the scouting phase for our third cohort and we’re looking forward to kicking off the program in January 2022. I spoke to Jacqueline Davidson, Program Director, to find out about the AI and Autonomy technologies she’s most excited about, her journey into the aerospace sector and work at The Boeing Company — she also acts as the Investment Principal for Global Accelerators & Innovation Programs.

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8 UK founders, leaders highlight fintech and deep tech as Bristol’s top sectors

Bristol startup ecosystem

The U.K. is gaining in popularity as a great place to start a tech firm. The country is quickly catching up to China on the tech investment front, with VC investments reaching a record of $15 billion in 2020, according to TechNation. Bristol proved especially popular among tech investors last year — local businesses raked in an impressive $414 million in 2020, making it the third-largest U.K. city for tech investment. The city also has the most fintech startups per head in the U.K. outside London, according to Whitecap’s 2019-2020 Ecosystem Report.

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OroraTech’s space-based early wildfire warnings spark $7M investment

Orora technologies

With wildfires becoming an ever more devastating annual phenomenon, it is in the whole planet’s interest to spot them and respond as early as possible — and the best vantage point for that is space. OroraTech is a German startup building a constellation of small satellites to power a global wildfire warning system, and will be using a freshly raised €5.8M (~$7M) A round to kick things off.

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Autonomous drone maker Skydio raises $170M led by Andreessen Horowitz

Skydio Drone

Skydio has raised $170 million in a Series D funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz’s Growth Fund. That pushes it into unicorn territory, with $340 million in total funding and a post-money valuation north of $1 billion. Skydio’s fresh capital comes on the heels of its expansion last year into the enterprise market, and it […]

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Space startup Gitai raises $17.1M to help build the robotic workforce of commercial space

Space Robot

Japanese space startup Gitai has raised a $17.1 million funding round, a Series B financing for the robotics startup. This new funding will be used for hiring, as well as funding the development and execution of an on-orbit demonstration mission for the company’s robotic technology, which will show its efficacy in performing in-space satellite servicing […]

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