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Arkisys Partners with the Founder Institute’s “Advanced Technology Accelerator” to Help Entrepreneurs Build Companies of the Future by Leveraging their Global Space Networks 

November 18, 2020, Palo Alto, CA – The Founder Institute, the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator, welcomes Arkisys, the world's first robotic Space Outpost for Assembly, Integration and Resupply called the Port, to help lead its Advanced Technology Accelerator, powered by NASA Ames.The goal of the partnership is to align the space startup ecosystem to create more companies working on space technologies through the Arkisys Fellowship program. As part of the partnership, Founder Institute will award several “Arkisys Founder Fellowships to top space tech founders, which allows the fellows to join the Advanced Technologies Accelerator for free.

Applications to the Founder Institute Advanced Technologies Accelerator program in Silicon Valley are open to startup Founders who are working on Aerospace/Space, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Robotics and various other forms of Frontier Technologies. (Apply to become an Arkisys Fellow here:

The Founder Institute Advanced Technologies Accelerator Program, which runs in partnership with NASA Ames Research Center, in parallel with the flagship Silicon Valley Founder Institute program, aims to help ambitious entrepreneurs build world-changing technology companies by providing:

  • Connections to selected NASA software and technologies for licensing opportunities
  • Access to Industry Partners and Mentors
  • Several “Founder Institute Advanced Technologies Accelerator Program Fellowships" Awarded to the Top Program Applicants, allowing them to participate in the program for free
  • A lifetime of startup support and resources from the Founder Institute’s Global Accelerator Program
  • A Local and Global Support Network of Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Advisors
  • Over $2M in Partner Deals and Resources 
We are excited to welcome Arkisys as a partner to help build space tech startups” says Ryan Micheletti, Head of Global Operations at Founder Institute, and Managing Director of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute. “Our vision is to build the infrastructure and ecosystem that will create thousands of new companies in the space industry, worldwide.

To celebrate this new program, the Founder Institute Silicon Valley will host several free events in the coming weeks, beginning with:

The Founder Institute was created in 2009, and to date, has helped build over 4,500 companies through its pre-seed startup program. Several space and frontier technology companies have already been through the program, including Ceres Robotics, which is part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services program; Atomos, an award-winning company developing in-space transportation services; Mountain Aerospace Research Solution, a company that was featured in Wired Magazine for their Air Breathing Rocket Technology; Endiatx, which has developed a pill robot capable of traversing GI Tract in 30 minutes; and many more. 

Arkisys is excited to join forces with the Founder Institute to help launch space startups, leveraging our unique ability to accelerate technology partnerships to evolve the space ecosystem.” says Dan Lopez, Chief Strategy Officer at Arkisys. “Our goal is to rapidly expand the market for the use of on-orbit space assets by enabling a broader space commercialization community.

Other supporting partners of the Founder Institute Advanced Technologies Accelerator Program include:

  • NASA Ames Research Center
  • International Space Station
  • Perkins Coie
  • Silicon Valley Space Center
  • Voyager Holdings
  • New York Space Alliance
  • Acclaim Aerospace and Defense
  • C5BDI

Early-stage entrepreneurs around the world who are interested in building frontier technology startups in Silicon Valley are encouraged to apply at The early deadline for fellowship applications is December 13th, 2020. The final deadline for applications will be on February 7th, 2021, and the program will run from February 16th, 2020 - May 26th, 2021.

Learn more about the Founder Institute Advanced Technologies Accelerator Program at 



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