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September 21-23, 2021
San Diego Convention CenterSan Diego, CA

KATERVA AWARDS

See the 10 Katerva Awards finalists, read about their incredible work and cast your vote!

ABOUT AWARDS

At the heart of Katerva is a carefully curated global network of the movers and shapers of the next economy.

We drive innovation by connecting and celebrating innovators, corporations and investors worldwide.

Katerva is thrilled to host the Katerva Awards at Greenbuild. There are 10 incredible finalists. Read about their work and get inspired.

MEET THE SPACE MARKETING PANEL

Attend the Katerva Awards (open to all pass types) and learn about the intersection of sustainability and space. Our esteemed panel will discuss the following:

Even if the growth rate of humans on Earth flatlines, everyone will be trying to improve their quality of life. Because of this we will consume more energy and consumables by orders of magnitude not just a few percentages per person.

Now imagine a world where almost of the planet is a protected natural habitat, where manufacturing & pollution are nonexistent. Pockets of cities and towns hold house humanity. This future, although possible, is not probable without the expansion into space. The technology that will be created to help mankind get off the planet will improve humanities ability to create sustainable materials, practices and lifestyles. If you think about space, in order for humanity to survive, everything needs to be sustainable. Once you are out of the atmosphere you are essentially by yourself, you can’t order Door Dash for food or have deliveries of parts and materials quickly and routinely. The margins for survival are tiny up there, so everything will need to be built towards being sustainable. There is a saying necessity is the mother of innovation, and because of necessity the technology that will come out of sustainability in space will directly impact the ability to become more sustainable here on earth.

Anjali Gupta, PhD

Anjali Gupta, PhD is leading the life science market and business development efforts for in-space research and manufacturing at Axiom Space – a company building the world’s first commercial space station and a vision to build cities in space. Dr. Gupta has over fifteen years of experience conducting early-stage drug discovery research as a scientist at leading pharmaceutical companies such as Roche and Pfizer. Her research background combined with her experience in biotech marketing, digital health, and space biology allow her to bring a unique perspective to market development efforts in low-Earth orbit (LEO). Anjali is passionate about STEM education and serves as the Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee for the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.

Keegan Kirkpatrick

Keegan Kirkpatrick is an entrepreneur, space industry consultant, and aerospace engineer. He is a founder and CEO of RedWorks Construction Technologies Inc., a startup developing advanced manufacturing solutions from technology originally created to build habitats on the Moon and Mars. He is a founder and partner at Space Advisors, helping established companies and new startups break into the space industry. He also co-hosts the podcast Brave New Space, which covers topics relating to the space industry relevant to the business community. Keegan took the team that would become RedWorks to the finals of the NASA Centennial Challenge in 2015 and prior to that had been an engineer at Masten Space Systems, having taken part in over two dozen rocket tests during his time there.

Karl Stedman Jr.

Karl is a serial Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Investor, Mentor and Board Member. He co-founded Aurvandil, a company focused on Space & PSTV Inc, a positive media company. Karl is primarily self-taught and loves reading. His new book Broken Open will be on shelves in 2022. He holds a BS in Business Administration and Management from Lewis & Clark State College where he played Basketball and was Academic All-American.

Greg Horowitt

Greg Horowitt is a serial entrepreneur, investor, author, and innovation systems architect. He is a Managing Director of Jun Capital as well as a member of the Society of Kauffman Fellows. He is the Director of Innovation Design at the University of California, San Diego, and holds an appointment as a lecturer on venture capital and innovation ecosystem design at Stanford University. He has spent 25+ years working in startups, venture capital, and is one of the pioneers in the field of innovation ecosystems. He is the co-author of the bestselling book, The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley and is a trusted advisor to such notable organizations as the US State Department, Aspen Institute, University of California, World Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank, in addition to his role as a Senior Fellow with the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils. Mr. Horowitt has worked in several executive and investment roles including a Berkshire Hathaway operating company, and continues his work today as an investor, advisor, and board member of multiple entrepreneurial startups.

Jana Stoudemire

As the Commercial Innovation Strategy Lead for Axiom Space, Jana is responsible for identifying new business opportunities for biomedical and technology research and in space manufacturing applications on the world's first commercial space station. In addition to a strong technical background, Jana has a career history marked by successful identification of new business opportunities for private and public healthcare companies, along with product development and global commercialization of some of the most innovative healthcare technologies. She transitioned from pharma to lead life science research in microgravity as part of the team managing the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory (ISS-NL). Jana then joined Space Tango where she successfully established the initial foundational partnerships that are helping to define an emerging biomedical market on orbit, representing a new sector of the Space economy. Jana is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space, Regenerative Medicine Manufacturing Society member, a WOMEN In Advanced Therapies (WIAT) leadership mentor, and past New Organ Alliance Oversight Committee Member along with co-chair of the Microgravity Enabling Technology Committee.

Finalists

TransAstra

Category: Cities & Mobility

Sub-Category: Transportation / Aerospace

Description: TransAstra builds and flies space tugs that take satellites from where they are in orbit to where they need to go. Later we’ll use our tugs to mine asteroids and move heavy industry to outer space. Our proprietary Omnivore™ thruster is a breakthrough solar thermal rocket engine we are developing to dominate the space logistics market. Omnivore is less expensive and higher in performance than the best thrusters on the market today and can use nearly any fluid as propellant, greatly simplifying orbital logistics. Our founder, Dr. Joel Sercel, is a Caltech space propulsion technologist and plasma physicist, former NASA/JPL engineer, and former CTO of Momentus. We have signed MOUs with Blue Origin and several other aerospace companies and are signing new deals weekly. We have over a $100M in market traction based on LOIs, MOUs, and contracts for orbital logistics and supply. In Y Combinator S21, thus far TransAstra has accepted more than $4M in private investment and more than $4.5M of undiluted NASA funding.

Founded: 2015

Raised: Seed: $5.6m

Website

Conomex

Category: Cities & Mobility

Sub-Category: Transportation / mobility

Description: Battery experts turning sulfur cathodes from the out of reach holy-grail of lithium ion cathodes into a global product with the energy, power and cycle life demanded by the EV revolution. 

Founded: 2014

Raised: Series A: $10.5m

Website

Recent News / Success: MARCH 9, 2021  Conamix Launches Out of Stealth to Solve the Toughest Problem inBatteries: A Cobalt-Free High Energy Cathode

Affectiva (Smart Eye)

Category: Education & Human Development

Sub-Category: Human Development / AI

Description: Affectiva, an MIT Media Lab spin-off, is the pioneer in Emotion AI, the next frontier of artificial intelligence. Affectiva’s mission is to bring emotional intelligence to the digital world with our emotion recognition technology that senses and analyzes facial expressions and emotion. Their patented software is built on an emotion AI science platform that uses computer vision, deep learning and the world’s largest emotion data repository of more than 4.9 million faces analyzed from 75 countries, amounting to more than 50 billion emotion data points.

Founded: 2009

Raised: Series B: $26m (2019)

Website

Deep Instinct

Category: Education & Human Development

Sub-Category: Cybersecurity

Description: Deep Instinct applies artificial intelligence’s deep learning to cybersecurity. Leveraging deep learning’s predictive capabilities, Deep Instinct’s on-device solution protects against zero-day threats and APT attacks with unmatched accuracy. Deep Instinct safeguards the enterprise’s endpoints and/or any mobile devices against any threat, on any infrastructure, whether or not connected to the network or to the Internet.

Founded: 2015

Raised: Series D: $100M

Website

Recent News / Success: BlackRock leads $100 million investment in Deep Instinct

Malta Inc.

Category: Energy & Environment

Sub-Category: Energy / Long-Term Storage

Description: Malta is a provider of industrial-grade, grid-scale energy storage solutions. The Malta system collects and stores inexpensive and abundant renewable and fossil energy, and dispatches it as needed to the grid to enable the affordable and reliable delivery of electricity on demand.

Founded: 2018

Raised: Series B: $50 million (2021)

Website

Recent News / Success: Google Spinoff Malta Nabs $50M Series B for Thermal Long-Duration Storage

Xampla

Category: Energy & Environment

Sub-Category: Material Science & Circular Tech

Description: A spin-off from Cambridge University, British startup Xampla is tackling microplastic pollution and single-use plastic with their plant-based protein materials. Their “next-generation” material is 100% natural, decomposes fully without harming the environment, but still performs just like synthetic polymers on the market.

Founded: 2018

Raised: Seed: 6.8M Euros

Website

Recent News / Success: This UK startup plans to replace microplastics, single-use plastics with its plant-protein alternatives; raises €6.8M

WeFarm

Category: Food & Water

Sub-Category: Food Security

Description: Farmers join Wefarm for free and become part of a community where members support one another with knowledge, reviews, and access to inputs and markets. Wefarm is used by 2.4 million farmers to gain a better position in the global supply chains that their output drives.

Founded: 2015

Raised: Series A: $32M

Website

Recent News / Success: WeFarm: the social network keeping farmers connected and providing support through coronavirus

Natures Fynd

Category: Food & Water

Sub-Category: Food Security

Description: Nature's Fynd, previously known as Sustainable Bioproducts, makes products from Fy, a fungi-derived protein from a microbe that was discovered in a geothermal spring in Yellowstone National Park. The company has said the protein product is suitable for meat and dairy analogs, and it recently received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to use Fy protein in food products.

Founded: 2012

Raised: Series C: $508m

Website

Recent News / Success: Nature's Fynd closes $350M investment round

insitro

Category: Health & Wellbeing

Sub-Category: Life Sciences

Description: insitro is a data-driven drug discovery and development company using machine learning and data generation at scale to transform the way that drugs are discovered and delivered to patients. insitro’s approach focuses on the development of predictive machine learning models to be brought to bear on key bottlenecks in pharmaceutical R&D. The company has established enabling collaborations with Gilead in NASH and Bristol Myers Squibb in ALS. insitro is located in South San Francisco, CA and has been supported by top tech, biotech, and crossover investors since formation in 2018.

Founded: 2018

Raised: Series B: $143M

Website

Recent News / Success: Machine Learning Company Insitro Raises $143 Million To Bridge Biology And AI (May/2020)

SpacePharma

Category: Health & Wellbeing

Sub-Category: Life Sciences

Description: Our mission is to leverage the miniaturized microgravity lab technology, enabling unprecedented possibilities to develop new drugs in Space. All this at a fraction of the cost, with higher success rates than experiments conducted with traditional research methods. We are aiming to bring a positive impact on millions of lives here on Earth.

Founded: 2012

Raised: Series A

Website

Cast your Vote for the Katerva Awards

The above 10 finalists have done incredible work and we are eager to celebrate them at the Katerva Awards onsite at Greenbuild.