Bessemer, Playground, Root and Seraphim VCs will judge the TC Sessions: Space Pitch-off • TechCrunch

Watching brilliant early-stage founders go head-to-head in a pitch race is not only an integral part of TechCrunch conferences, it’s also an attendee favorite. Seriously, who doesn’t like pitching? And the Space Pitch-off is another compelling reason to go to Best User Session: Space on December 6th in Los Angeles. Let’s take a look at the judges our daring startup has to impress.

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Let’s go back to e-helm. Be in the room as three of the brightest early-stage space startups take the stage in front of a live audience for glory, media exposure, investor attention, and an automatic spot in Startup Battlefield 200 at Disrupt 2023. TechCrunch handpicks 200 early-stage startups to give you a VIP experience with a first-of-a-kind 3-day full show exhibit for free and a chance to win $100,000.

Without further delay, here are the investors that need to impress their pitching contenders. cooking bellGeneral Partner of Playground Global; mark bogetCo-founder and CEO of Seraphim Space; Tess Hatch, a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP); and Emily HenriksenCEO of Root Ventures.

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cooking bell Sourced some of Playground Global’s initial investments, including Nervana Systems (acquired by Intel). His first three investments in the company are now unicorns, one of which, Velo3D, went public last year.

Bell leads the company’s investment efforts in deep technology areas including advanced manufacturing, aerospace, computational therapy, energy, genomics, materials, next-generation computing, and quantum and synthetic biology. His portfolio of investments includes Mangata Networks, Relativity Space and Strand Therapeutics.

mark bogetA pioneer in investing in space technology, co-founded the Seraphim Space Fund and invested in a portfolio that includes three companies that have achieved multi-billion dollar valuations. Previously, Boggett served as a Director at YFM Equity Partners, the company behind the renowned British Smaller Companies VCT 1 and 2.

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Boggett has also worked for Brewin Dolphin and Williams de Broë. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance and a master’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Leeds.

Tess HatchAs a Silicon Valley-based BVP partner, , fosters entrepreneurship in the commercialization of cutting-edge technologies, particularly space, drones, autonomous vehicles, agricultural and food technologies. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of DroneDeploy, Iris Automation, Phantom Auto and Spire Global, and serves as an Observer on the Boards of Black Sheep Foods, Forever Oceans, Rocket Lab and Velo3D.

Hatch was included in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 by Venture Capital. She regularly speaks and publishes at Bloomberg, TechCrunch, and other publications on space and high technology. Early in her career, she worked for Boeing and SpaceX, where she worked with the government integrating Falcon 9 rockets and their payloads.

Hatch received a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in aeronautical and space engineering from Stanford.

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Emily Henriksen He is the principal of Root Ventures, a company focused on investing in three areas: tools and infrastructure, low-cost robotics, and hardware and data science. Prior to joining Root, she worked as a propulsion engineer where she was responsible for designing the flight hardware for the SpaceX Falcon and building supervisory vehicles for schedule-critical missions.

Henriksson also worked on Tesla’s Model 3 battery module team. She holds a master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Best User Session: Space takes place on December 6th in Los Angeles. Buy your pass today and then network to see and learn about the latest space technologies and trends, meet rising star founders, and get opportunities to build stronger startups.

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