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SpaceBase: Co-creating the Future of New Zealand in Space!
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Space Base: Co Creating The Future Of New Zealand In Space!
Project 2019-09-14 17:16:17 +1200
Help us to grow the New Zealand space community, through education, mentorship and content, by supporting our PledgeMe campaign today.
SpaceBase’s mission is to catalyze and grow the space ecosystem in New Zealand through education, entrepreneurship and community building.
Space technology has improved life on Earth, and has the potential to solve humanity's global grand challenges. NZ is poised to participate in the global space industry, if it can develop the capacity to do so.
For the past two years, SpaceBase has been passionately running space initiatives in NZ to create pathways for Kiwis to join the global space industry. We intend to give the next generation of Kiwis a road map to guide them on the journey from space enthusiast to space entrepreneur.
Our efforts to date have been about 90% self-funded. We are asking you, our community, for funding so that we can continue to deliver our projects for free for another year, develop more educational and mentoring programmes, and build the NZ space community platform further.
We have run NZ space and aerospace challenges, given space presentations and training, mentored space entrepreneurs, and advised space agency and local government on space strategy and opportunities. We have developed an open-source community and content platform to serve and catalyze the emerging space community in Aotearoa which includes a Space Directory and Events Calendar, and a repository of resources for the Kiwi space entrepreneur.
Summary of our Impact for the past 2 years:
- 100+ separate space presentations, briefings, training sessions, and speaker events
- 10 startups/entrepreneurs mentored
- 2 space/aerospace challenges delivered
- 99 potential Challenge teams/solutions over two competitions generated
- 70 virtual incubator participants from 18 teams facilitated
- 8 startups catalyzed
- 22 incubators across NZ engaged
- 1 space Meetup group created
- 3 national/local strategy workshops participated
- 64 partner organizations collaborated
- 14 regional Economic Development Agencies engaged
- 9 universities and colleges engaged
- 1 community platform with Space Directory and Events Calendar
“They've provided so much expertise that I've struggled to find anywhere else in New Zealand”
- CEO, Peter Toth, Extraterrestrial Power
“The contribution of SpaceBase in building bridges between startups, academic, economic, educational and governmental institutions ...means they have created something else that has never been before: A Minimum Viable Ecosystem (MVE) for the Space Industry in Aotearoa! That could be a launchpad for future space-entrepreneurs, curious students and advanced technologists to pick the right set of resources ... to launch their space ideas... “
- Sakthi Priya Ranganathan, JIX Limited
The work of SpaceBase continues to inspire young people and those people in education about the opportunities available to them in NZ and beyond. Providing a focused view on cohort of businesses also serves to help people understand future job skills and opportunities.
- Jiveen MacGillivray, Growth and Innovation Specialist, Northland Inc.
SpaceBase was founded by three Edmund Hillary Fellows - Emeline, Eric, and Rich with decades of aerospace, education and program development, and software development experience from the U.S. and the Philippines.
We are grateful for the privilege to work in this beautiful country, and we don't take it lightly. We take our social impact and company values very seriously. Check out our values and our Impact report to see where we are coming from and where we are going.
Our Campaign Goals
If we meet our funding target of $50k, we can:
- Continue our educational and community initiatives to grow the New Zealand space community by running meetups and outreach programmes **♥︎, and
- Continue to deliver presentations, speaker series, and workshops across NZ to schools and academic institutions **♥︎
- Continue to contribute our pro-bono mentorship and advisement program to entrepreneurs and government agencies.
- Continue building our online space content for the NZ space community through webinars, podcasts, training sessions and resources wiki **♥︎
- Maintain our directory of space industry players and space events to build the NZ space community
For an additional $50k, we can:
- Continue software development of our open-source platform through new features that will support others in creating impactful space projects
- Spread the love – we will complete our playbooks and open another SpaceBase in another country in 2020. **♥︎
- Operate at least one NZ space challenge/competition program in 2020.**♥︎
- Fund the operational costs to hire additional human resources to promote, market and create educational space content for the NZ space community. **♥︎
**♥︎ SpaceBase charitable initiatives
- (♥︎) These rewards are charitable donations (see charitable rewards categories) and will be collected through the Gift Trust on behalf of SpaceBase. Donors will receive a charitable donation receipt.
Please note that charitable donation receipts are only for NZ donors. If donating from the U.S. and needing charitable donation receipt, please donate by credit card to SpaceBase via RSF here Please select "Other from the drop down list and then type "Friends of The Gift Trust NZ- SpaceBase project". If you need to wire donation or stocks, use this form.
- (*) These rewards are not tax-deductible and will not receive a charitable donation receipt.
Help us out!
Help SpaceBase continue to build the New Zealand space industry in 2020. Support NZ’s space future by supporting us today!
Final SpaceBase Campaign Update
08/12/2019 at 7:31 PM
Kia Ora Whanau!
|The Campaign has now closed. Thank you for your support in getting us to the finnish line!
We raised approx $57,000 through The Gift Trust and PlegeMe platforms - over our original target goal!!! We are so thrilled at the vote of confidence in our work here in NZ and the potential to do more with your financial support.
With the funds raised we will be able to:
Again, a huge thank you from the co-founders of SpaceBase. We do not take our privilege to stay and serve the space community lightly, and hope to continue democratizing access to space by helping co-create and catalyze entrepreneurial space ecosystems in NZ for years to come.
News Flash: We Made It!!!
07/12/2019 at 2:59 PM
We are jumping high for joy as we pass our funding goal today, Yay!!! Our deepest gratitude to everyone who supported us throughout this month long campaign. Apologies for pestering everyone everyday but truly humbled by the outpouring of support from everyone. :)
We'll get back to you shortly on the updates and rewards but wanted to share the good news out to everyone right away.
Emeline, Eric and Rich
SpaceBase Podcast Episode 5
06/12/2019 at 10:40 AM
Enjoy the latest episode of the SpaceBase Podcast. This one's an interview with Eric, which gives you a bit more perspective of the motivations, challenges and goals of SpaceBase while learning more about Eric's journey as an aerospace nut!
Campaign Extended to 8 December, and Funding Goals Update
05/12/2019 at 8:20 PM
Apologies as I thought I had already posted this update yerterday.
|We have been given a little bit more time to rally the community to donate and spread the word. The campaign has been extended to Sunday, 8 December and we hope this will give you the incentive to support us before the campaign closes.
We are delighted to report that we have raised over half of our original 50k goal directly through the Gift Trust. We have also received huge support from our community abroad who find it very valuable to contribute to a space ecosystem in NZ. Because of this, we have reduced our funding goal on the PledgeMe Platform to 20k.
|We now only need ~$1,300 to make our goal. Please help spread the word one last time and lets close the gap to the funds today!|
SpaceBase Campaign Newsletter Update 4
05/12/2019 at 1:46 PM
We are now only about $1.5k short of our goal! Thank you to all who rallied to the call! Please share the campaign for this last push to get us to the finnish line!
Also sharing here the last campaign newsletter focused on our entrepreneurial initiatives in Aotearoa this past 2 years.
With all our gratitude!
Update on Total Funds Raised
02/12/2019 at 11:12 PM
We have been quite moved by the outpouring of support from friends and collegues from across the globe. Thank you!!! As part of this, we have also found a new pathway for US charitable donors to donate and get the tax receipts they needed. This goes directly to a US non-profit receiving the funds on our behalf but unfortunately will not count towards the total of the PledgeMe campaign.
We will ammend the total funds raised shortly on the campaign page to reflect the total amount minus those that needed US charitable receipts. If you need a US charitable receipt, please email The Gift Trust at [email protected] and note that you are donating to SpaceBase. On the bright side, those funds pledged separately will get to Spacebase no matter what the outcomes of the PledgeMe campaign might be.
If you have any questions about recieving a US charitable receipt, please don't hesitate to contact us directly.
Thank you for your support!
SpaceBase Podcast Episode 4
30/11/2019 at 6:37 PM
Sharing an interview with Michael Sims, Founder of Ceres Robotics based in Mt. View California. He has worked for NASA JPL for over 20+ years on AI and robotics for planetary rover missions including the Mars Parthfinder and Exploration Rovers to the red planet.
MIchael talks about his career path from NASA specialits to space entrepreneur and working to provide robotic services for the next generation of Moon missions within the next 5 years.
For more info on Michael:
SpaceBase Campaign Newsletter Update 3
28/11/2019 at 5:23 AM
Sharing here the SpaceBase Campaign Newsletter Update 3. Thank you once again for supporting our work!
SpaceBase on Scoop
27/11/2019 at 8:58 AM
We asked, and people responded! Thank you for everyone who gave us ideas and support for spreading the word. We have now a few leads into media coverage that we are pursuing today.
Here's one article from Scoop about SpaceBase with your help, Please share with a friend. Thank you!
Breaking News: We are over half way through our funding goal!!!
25/11/2019 at 2:01 PM
We are overwhelmed with gratitude as we received an anonymous pledge today raising our pledges to $27,472!!! We are over half way through! A huge thank you to our generous anonymous benefactor! And to all who have pledged to the campaign so far! Kia Ora!
SpaceBase Podcast Episode 3
24/11/2019 at 6:12 PM
Sharing here the third episode of our new SpaceBase Podcast - An interview with Shawna Pandya, Physician, Speaker, Citizen-Scientist Astronaut and Aquanaut, Martial Artist. Shawna talks about her experience as a student at the International Space University, her work at Project Possum, and inspriing insights on life balance, hard work, and how she stays focus on her passion to one day becoming an astronaut.
NewsLetter Updates 1&2
24/11/2019 at 6:05 PM
Sharing here the Newsletter Updates that you should have received directly.
Second Episode of SpaceBase Podcast
15/11/2019 at 6:56 AM
Sharing the second episode of the SpaceBase podcast today. Please reshare and help us find more donors to the PledgeMe campaign.
Have a great weekend!
Almost at 10% of Our SpaceBase Minimum Goal!
13/11/2019 at 9:04 PM
Thank you once again to our community for getting us to the 10% mark! Sharing here the first Campaign Update and Newletter. Please share to your networks.
Also, if you do know of any organizations or individuals that we should be approaching as part of their corporate social responsibility program who might be interested in our work, please let us know. Our partnership with the Gift Trust will hopefully be of benefit to those seeking a tax receipt. Kia Ora!
Official Launch Today!
11/11/2019 at 11:16 AM
A huge thank you to those who have donated and seeded the campaign early!! We are now 5% of our minimum target on day 1! We feel the support from our community!
Please help us spread the word by sharing the following posts and tweets in the following social media channels:
With much gratitude! E,E&R
Soft Launch Starts Today!
08/11/2019 at 3:13 PM
Kia Ora! We've soft launched today and hoping to seed the campaign before the official launch Monday at 8am. Hope we can count on your support in this early days to start the momentum going.
With all our gratitude - Emeline, Eric and Rich
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"Keep up the great work guys!"
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"‘The sky is the limit’ only for people who are afraid to fly! We are from Ōtautahi & AOTEAROA and we aren’t afraid to explore. TYSM E & E!"
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"Love you guys & your work! "
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"You did it! Go team SpaceBase. "
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"What a wonderful project!"
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"Huge thank you again for all your help so far! It's been amazing, keep up the good work!"
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"Best of luck with the final push. Tim Searle"
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"Keep going, team! "
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"I love the work that you are doing!"
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"Wishing you were around when I was a kid. Here's to understanding Space and all it offers."
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"Good luck team! A great initiative."
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"You are both amazing - thanks for going above and beyond - literally!"