Southern California – UK Space Accelerator Application is Now Open

Mandala Space Ventures would like to invite early-stage space start-ups in the UK to apply to the SoCal accelerator program sponsored by the UK Space Agency (UKSA). This 8-week, on-line program, will run from September 2, 2024 through October 25, 2024 and culminate with an in-person pitch day in Pasadena on October 24, 2024. The application is open as of April 1st, 2024, and closes on May 31st, 2024. The program will provide a number of educational modules, fire chats with leaders in the space industry, invited lectures from accomplished CEOs in the space ecosystem, networking sessions with local Venture Capital (VC) leaders, technical due diligence by the technical team at Mandala, and much more. Space startups across all sectors of the emerging space industry in the pre-seed, seed or Series A stage of financing should apply to this one-of-a-kind accelerator program that offers a unique exposure to the space ecosystem in Southern California. 

To apply, please fill out the form at the following link: https://forms.gle/d6GhRV9fe1SUicJf6

The selected cohort will be announced by July 1st, 2024.

Opportunities Page for Affected JPLers

This page is dedicated to exclusive hiring opportunities for JPLers affected by the recent 2024 layoffs.

You will find events, job postings and resources here.
So make sure to pin this page as your official resource for opportunities.

For more info, contact: info@mandalaspaceventures.com

Job Opportunities
This database is dedicated to promote job opportunities specifically tailored for individuals impacted by the recent JPL layoffs.

For hiring companies, please post your job opportunities here.

We’ll share the Airtable directly if you’d like to upload in bulk. Please reach out for access at info@mandalaspaceventures.com.

Official Memo by CEO Leon Alkalai Re: Mandala’s Support for Engineers and Professionals Affected by the Recent Layoffs at JPL

Memo To: The Local Space Community, Partners and Friends
Subject: Mandala’s Support for Engineers and Professionals Affected by the Recent Layoffs at JPL
Date: Feb 15, 2024
From: Leon Alkalai, Mandala Space Ventures, Founder & CEO

Dear Local Space Community Members, Partners, and Friends

In light of recent events that have led to layoffs within our engineering and technology community at JPL, we at Mandala Space Ventures (Mandala) wish to express our solidarity and support for those impacted. Understanding the challenges and uncertainties faced during these hard times, Mandala is committed to leveraging our resources, professional network, and technical services, to support those impacted.

As part of our core business, we are in active communication with over 100 CEOs and leaders within the space ecosystem in Southern California, from San Diego to Santa Barbara, and from Long Beach to the Mojave Desert. Our core mission is to build and maintain a vibrant and supportive emerging space ecosystem. As such, we would like to summon the collective readiness of the community to support the talented individuals affected by the layoffs, sharing job opportunities at local hiring organizations and matching them with resumes of impacted JPL employees. Our network is vast, inclusive, and fully prepared to extend opportunities that will facilitate new beginnings and meaningful pathways.

In partnership with local leaders, government officials, and JPL, Mandala plans to support the organization of multiple job networking events aimed at providing a platform and a venue for those impacted to connect with potential employers, industry leaders, and like-minded professionals. These initiatives are designed to open doors, foster collaborations, and provide broad opportunities for employment. Details regarding these networking events, including dates, locations, and participating organizations, will be announced shortly on the Mandala website: https://mandalaspaceventures.com

Mandala is open for business and more importantly, open to supporting our community in times of need. We believe in the power of unity, collaboration, and compassion, and it is with this spirit that we move forward, ready to assist. For those wishing to learn more about how Mandala can help, please contact us directly. Together, we will overcome these challenges.

Warm regards,
Dr. Leon Alkalai
Founder and CEO
Mandala Space Ventures, LLC

Government of Canada selects 10 companies for SoCal-Canadian Space Accelerator, led by Mandala Space Ventures

Mandala Space Ventures, a Pasadena-based venture studio and leader in supporting entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to successfully launch companies within the emerging new-space economy, announced today the selection of 10 Canadian space startups to take part in the SoCal – Canadian Space Accelerator.

The companies selected are:

  • Baüne (Edmonton, AB) – enabling autonomous management of crew health and wellness
  • GALAXIA Mission Systems Inc (Halifax, NS) – design and development of modern computation hardware and software for small satellites
  • Magnestar (Toronto, ON) – platform for satellite operators, regulators, and military groups, that increases communications resiliency in contested and congested environments
  • Obruta Space Solutions (Ottawa, ON) – safe, reliable, and autonomous spacecraft docking for on-orbit serving and logistics
  • OroraTech Ltd. (Vancouver, BC) – revolutionizing Wildfire management with space-based data.
  • Reaction Dynamics (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC) – a space mobility company with a mission to facilitate routine space access by introducing one of the most responsive, safe, and cost-effective launch vehicles ever created together with in-space propulsion systems for satellites.
  • SBQuantum (Sherbrooke, QC) – develops magnetic field maps for resilient autonomous navigation
  • Wyvern (Edmonton, AB) – delivering Earth Observation imagery from satellite platforms
  • Volta Space Technologies (Montreal, QC) – energy/power solution for industrial lunar economy
  • Stealth Mode Company (Toronto, ON) – monitoring of atmospheric conditions in space

The initiative is a two-month virtual accelerator for Canadian space small and medium enterprises (SMEs) looking to raise between $500K to $20 million USD and to support growth and expansion of the company in Southern California. The accelerator is set to kickoff virtually on February 12th and conclude with an in-person pitch day in Los Angeles on April 4th and further programming at the Colorado Springs Space Symposium.

Mandala Space Ventures looks forward to using our expertise in both space technology and venture fundraising to support these 10 companies as they look to grow their contacts and presence in the Southern California space ecosystem to create meaningful, long-lasting partnerships,” said Dr. Leon Alkalai, founder & CEO of Mandala Space Ventures. 

The accelerator was created by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) with the support of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).

“Congratulations to the ten Canadian companies selected for the program – they represent a diverse range of stages and technologies of the burgeoning space industry in Canada,” said Michael Willmott, Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles, “this program will further already strong relationships between the Canadian and Southern California space ecosystems.

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Mandala Space Ventures Selected as Provider for 2024 Southern California (SoCal) – Canadian Space Accelerator by Government of Canada 

Mandala Space Ventures, a Pasadena-based venture studio and leader in supporting entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to successfully launch companies within the emerging new-space economy, announced today that they’ve been selected as the service provider for the SoCal – Canadian Space Accelerator. A great honor and opportunity amidst a competitive field.

The open call for applicants to the initiative starts on October 18, 2023. This is a two-month virtual accelerator for Canadian space small and medium enterprises (SMEs) looking to raise between $500K to $20 million USD to support growth and expansion of the company. The initiative is a collaboration between the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). 

I am delighted that Mandala Space Ventures was selected in a competitive bid to lead this initiative by the Canadian Government on the SoCal – Canadian Space Accelerator. We uniquely bring to this initiative deep space-tech spaceflight experience, fresh energy, enthusiasm and our vast investment network,” said Dr. Leon Alkalai, founder & CEO of Mandala Space Ventures. 

The initiative will be delivered by Southern California-based provider, Mandala Space Ventures. The accelerator will take place virtually from February through March 2024, and end with an in-person pitch-day to the U.S. private sector, including venture capital firms, and government stakeholders at the Colorado Springs Space Symposium April 8-11, 2024.

“Congratulations to Mandala Space Ventures for being selected as the service provider for the second cohort of this initiative – we look forward to working together closely over the coming months to support further connections between the Canadian and Southern California space ecosystems,” said Michael Willmott, Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles.

The call for applications for the cohort will be launched on October 18th. More information to come regarding the application process. Stay tuned at the link below.