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Launching lunar payloads and unlocking climate science

At NASA, there is no ambiguity in our mission: we reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humanity. Doing so however, doesn’t just require groundbreaking technologies, it requires visionary people - people who are unwilling to quit despite the most difficult of circumstances. Naturally, this environment lends itself well to the collaboration between diverse startup entrepreneurs, NASA scientists, and the Space Tech community. 


The 2023 NASA Entrepreneurs Challenge seeks the development and commercialization of lunar payloads and climate science through an entrepreneurial and venture lens to advance the Agency's science exploration goals.

NASA will award up to $1,000,000 in total prizes to participants who can successfully contribute ideas that advance the state of the art in lunar payloads and climate science.

Round 1

Submit a pitch deck and technical white paper addressing either lunar payloads or climate science.

Up to 20 awards of $16,000

Round 2

Expand and refine your pitch deck and technical white papers.

Get assistance from NASA researchers on understanding and implementing NASA priorities.

Pitch Event

Pitch to a panel of NASA researchers and venture experts at the Defense TechConnect Innovation Summit and Expo.

Up to 8 awards of $85,000

Round 1 Winners have been announced!

Meet the winners who are helping to develop and commercialize technology and data usage through an entrepreneurial lens

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