VC for Space and entrepreneurship development – Where is the money?

Sunday August 1st 2:00 UTC – 3:00 UTC

Tahir MERALI P Eng PMP – Co-Founder & Director at Zenith Canada Pathways Foundation; CEO at Escape Velocity Services Inc.; Strategic Advisor at 4pi Lab
Christian THALER- WOLSKI Independent advisor Spacetech – NewSpace funding

Tahir Merali is Co-Founder and Director of the Zenith Canada Pathways Foundation, a Canadian aerospace career development and mentorship program for post-secondary and early career professionals. He is also CEO of Escape Velocity Services Inc. providing project management and strategic guidance to small and medium sized businesses. Mr. Merali is a Strategic advisor & former Chief Operating Officer of 4pi Lab Inc., a Calgary-based space company providing unique early wildfire detection and monitoring capabilities using low-cost satellites for smart, real-time, global coverage. 4pi Lab is regionally recognized as a 2020 Top 15 Startup. He is also a member of the International Astronautical Federation‘s Workforce Development-Young Professionals Programme Committee and is the 2021-2022 Co-Chair of the IAF’s Mentorship Programme. In 2018, Mr. Merali was awarded globally as a Top 35 Under 35 of the space industry. He holds a B.A.Sc in Mechanical Engineering (University of Toronto) & M.Sc in Space Management (International Space University).