June 29, 2016 – The Space Research Company, founded by aerospace PhD candidate Christine Fanchiang, and research associate Luis Zea placed second in a national pitch competition in Los Angeles. The RECESS National Pitch Competition was held in June in Los Angeles.
Fanchiang and Zea’s company is a startup out of the University of Colorado Boulder that focuses on small satellites for more affordable and efficient scientific testing in space.
The team also placed third in the CU Boulder New Venture Challenge competition in April.
Their company previously competed in the New Venture Challenge two years ago and did not make it to the championships. Competing this year, they made it to the championships and placed third. They then went on to a regional pitch competition where they beat out CU Denver and Denver University. On June 9, they took second place at the national pitch competition.
CNBC covered the event in “Move over, Mark Zuckerberg. These college start-ups want to be the next big thing.” Fanchiang, who is working with NASA this summer, is in the video for much of the piece.
Fanchiang was selected by NASA in 2013 to receive the Harriett G. Jenkins Graduate Fellowship. The award supports the development of the future STEM workforce by increasing the number of master’s and doctorate degrees awarded to women, ethnic minorities and disabled people in STEM disciplines.