Starburst Ventures, a first venture capital firm dedicated to investing across aviation, space, and defence, has launched a new early-stage fund.
Focusing on aerospace, defence, and security, as well as enabling sciences and technologies, Starburst Ventures is investing in the next generation of industrial, software and hardware companies.
The fund’s team will be led by Starburst Ventures’ Founder and General Partner, François Chopardand investor Benjamin Zeitoun. Together they hold a significant track record of securing investment and building startups from the early stage to IPO.
Joining them in an advisory capacity is Jacqueline Tame, startup founder and former Deputy Director of the United States Department of Defense Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, and Natalya Bailey, Head of Strategy at Bloom Energy and former founder of Accion Systems, who was named top 15 most influential women in Space per Business Insider. Both will serve as hands-on advisors to provide unrivaled support in selecting investments and developing Starburst Ventures’ portfolio companies.
Starburst Ventures’ existing investments include participation in a recent $7.1 million seed round for Outpost, a sustainable satellite & Earth return company founded by Jason Dunn and Mike Vergalla, and backed by Moonshot Ventures & Draper Associates, as well as Strong Compute, a startup that recently completed its $7.8 million seed round and helps developers speed up machine learning training pipelines.