MIT Enterprise Forum of New York
Investing in Aerospace Entrepreneurship
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
750 Third Avenue, Floor 16
(between 46th and 47th streets)
New York, NY 10017
In the current economic climate, investors are evaluating all investment opportunities with a critical eye, looking for enhanced returns and reduced risk. While aerospace and defense technologies represent a fertile area for investment, many investors are hesitant as they do not fully understand the landscape.
Our panel will feature individuals with a successful track record in aerospace investment who are actively engaged with investment and acquisition opportunities in this area. Both potential investors and entrepreneurs seeking growth capital will benefit from the discussion on the rewards (and the challenges) of investment in this industry. This panel will discuss:
- What is the growth outlook for the aerospace sector?
- Who are the active investors in earlier stage aerospace and defense companies? What are their criteria?
- What are the areas with the highest potential for growth and what key technologies are larger companies seeking to acquire?
- What does a promising early stage aerospace venture look like?
Sample areas of emerging technology include:
- Next-generation air traffic management
- On-board connectivity
- Satellite technology
- Unmanned aerial systems
- Commercial space transportation
Laurence Vigeant-Langlois, Ph.D.
Vice President, CIT Aerospace
Board Member, MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City
Jill J. Wittels, Ph.D.
Corporate Vice President,
Business and Technology Strategy
Michael J. Dyment
CEO and Managing Director
NEXA Capital Partners
Joe C. Parrish
Vice President Research and Development
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
CEO and Partner
Near Earth LLC
For more information, visit the forum’s website.