On January 29, El Paso Community College (EPCC) hosted the Medical Center of the America’s Foundation in El Paso (MCA) and the Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI) as they introduced the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) new start-up project.
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Steve Smith, Vice President of EPCC, introducing MCA team.
“What if we said we have these wonderful inventions and we want to see these inventions commercialized?” said Rosemarie Truman, CAI CEO.
This question was the basis for NASA’s new start-up program called the Space Race.
The Space Race purpose is to help create new start-up companies as well as encourage these companies to adopt NASA technologies.
With this, CAI is hoping this will help spur economic growth within the region.
“The Space Race is both a business plan and a start-up competition…it basically features inventions developed by NASA.
The goal is to drive economic growth within the region, spur entrepreneurship, life the innovation headroom and hopefully create brand new markets in this region,” said Truman.
The goal of this project is to have ten new start-ups and two to four of these new start-ups will receive seed funding amounting to at least 1.2 million dollars.
Every four years the same model used to create the Space Race will be repeated.
“So the first year is the Space Race challenge, the second year is Life Sciences, the third is Clean Energy and Modern Technologies and the fourth year will be Cyber Security,” said Truman.
EPCC is hoping to have teams enter the Space Race as a way to stimulate interest in Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mechanics (S.T.E.M.) courses.
To be able to enter this challenge you must be 18 years or older. Each team must have three members. For more information contact Robert Starke at (915) 831-7794.