Welcome to West Slope Startup Week! We’re celebrating our 5th year and gathering in Durango, CO, August 21–25, 2023.

Every session, meetup, workshop, lecture, discussion, and celebration is in-person, radically inclusive, and totally FREE!
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Thursday, August 24 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
From Space to Startup: Leveraging NASA Technology and Innovation to Propel Your Growing Enterprise

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This session is a must-attend for any startup founder or entrepreneur curious about how NASA innovations can revolutionize your business strategy and operations, and support business growth, whether you're kick-starting a new company, enhancing an existing product, or creating a new product line.

Walt Ugalde, Economic Development Executive at NASA T2X, will guide this session on NASA's strategies and technologies that drive innovation and exploration, highlighting the potential for these technological breakthroughs to create new market opportunities.

Walt will introduce you to the NASA Technology Transfer Program, which ensures that these revolutionary technologies, initially designed for space exploration and discovery, are accessible to the public.

Discover hundreds of free software programs and over 1,200 patented technologies available for licensing through NASA's portfolio. These vast technologies apply to various industries, including health, transportation, public safety, consumer goods, environmental resources, computer technology, and manufacturing.

A key highlight of this session will be introducing the 'Startup NASA' program, a unique initiative designed to help startups license NASA's intellectual property for free for the first three years.

Please note: This talk will take place at Agile Space Industries, which is by the airport. It's about a twenty minute drive from downtown Durango.

Bonus: Join Agile Space for a tour of their facilities after Walt's talk, from 2:00-3:00pm.

As an advanced in-space propulsion provider, Agile Space Industries is redefining space travel by enabling lunar landers, satellites, and spacecraft with their groundbreaking propulsion systems. Utilizing state-of-the-art 3D metal alloy printing techniques, they quickly design, manufacture, and test new engine designs in their specialized propulsion test facility, which allows for swift, high-quality parts production and fosters a fast-paced cycle of design and development iteration.

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Walt Ugalde

Economic Development Executive, NASA T2X
NASA's Technology Transfer Program ensures that innovations developed for exploration and discovery are broadly available to the public. The Tech Transfer Expansion (T2X) Program augments that mission to include a focus on entrepreneurial innovation and creating partnerships to help... Read More →

Thursday August 24, 2023 1:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
Agile Space - Airport Location