Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Burke Fort will be our speaker this Thursday (Mar 26) for the Denver Startup Forum. There is no charge for the no-host luncheon, if you can't join us you can see the video of Burke's talk and continue the discussion online. Join us (free) at http://DenverStartupForum.ning.com

Burke Fort is the Director of the Colorado School of Mines' 8th Continent Project (8cproject.com), the world’s most comprehensive effort to integrate space technology and resources into the global economy. 8th Continent provides the entrepreneurial support infrastructure and resources to solve a wide range of challenges from global warming to biomedical to renewable energy development. 8th Continent "brings space down to Earth" (TM) with the industry’s first trade association, incubator, funding network and research hub, all working together to develop the next generation of space-derived business ventures. More information can be found at 8cproject.com.

Mr. Fort is also the Executive Director of the Foundation for Space Exploration (spacex.org), a philanthropic foundation dedicated to "weaving space into the fabric of everyday life on Earth." He has served as Program Manager for Planning and Development in the Center for Space Research at The University of Texas at Austin, and as Special Projects Manager of the Texas Space Grant Consortium, where he directed education programs in microgravity research, Mars mission planning and design, NASA customer engagement, remote sensing and space policy.

In addition to being an appointee to the Governor's Small Business Council, Mr. Fort represents the Colorado School of Mines in the Colorado Space Coalition. He is the recipient of the NASA Public Service Medal and is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. Prior to his aerospace career, Fort was an environmental litigation attorney in the Austin, Texas office of the international law firm Fulbright & Jaworski.

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