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May 1st, 2019
Denver-based space startup Atomos Nuclear and Space wins a $100,000 investment from Investor Steve Case today

Tonight, Denver-based startup Atomos Nuclear and Space won a $100,000 investment from Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund during the evening Florida Space Coast pitch competition.   With the manufacture and operation of spacecraft that leverage nuclear power and propulsion systems, Atomos is building an in-space transportation network that will allow enterprises and explorers to expand their business in space and reach new destinations. Atomos is pioneering the commercialization of nuclear technologies for space exploration and development.

Revolution’s Rise of the Rest startup bus tour visited the Space Coast on April 30th led by Revolution chairman/CEO and AOL cofounder, Steve Case, and Hillbilly Elegy author and Revolution managing partner J.D. Vance.  During the evening pitch competition Atomos Co-founder and CEO, Vanessa Clark, pitched judges which included Steve Case, Aia Sarycheva  (Revolution) Ann Kim (Silicon Valley Bank) Tige Savage (Revolution), Phaedra Chrousos (Libra Group), Colin Greenspon (Revolution), and David Hall (Revolution).

The startups that pitched Tuesday were selected from hundreds of entries to compete in the Rise of the Rest pitch competition. Watch video highlights from the day HERE.  Below is the complete list of the companies that competed in the pitch competition:


HQ City Company Name Industry Description Pitcher:
Denver, CO Atomos Nuclear and Space (winner of $100,00 investment) Aerospace Atomos is building the railroad of space using high-powered electric propulsion space tugs to move satellites to any orbit beyond low Earth orbit. Vanessa Clark
Space Coast, FL BoMax Hydrogen, LLC Renewable energy BoMax Hydrogen, LLC is perfecting a patented carbon free light-driven method to make large quantities of pure hydrogen for on-site and at point-of-use with a fuel cell to produce electricity and provide a renewable, clean energy source. Debbie Maxwell
Space Coast, FL Helicon Chemical Company LLC Aerospace Helicon Chemical Company develops and manufactures next-generation rocket fuel for the military and commercial space industries. David Reid
Atlanta, GA Hermeus Defense, Transportation Hermeus is connecting the world faster than ever before by engineering and manufacturing Mach 5 aircraft for defense, private, and commercial markets. AJ Piplica
Washington, DC Hydrosat Satellite data Hydrosat brings satellite data and software tools to the agriculture industry, tracking crop yields, every day, globally. Royce Dalby
Anchorage, AK Indemnis, Inc. Drone recovery solutions Indemnis is the global leader in developing and manufacturing parachute recovery systems for drones. Amber McDonald
Montreal, Canada Reaction Dynamics Lab Inc. Launch & Propulsion Reaction Dynamics is a manufacturer of space transportation systems for launch providers and the growing small satellite market. Justin Zipkin
Space Coast, FL Tomahawk Robotics Robotics Provide hardware agnostic control software for robots for enterprises who want to employ robotics to address the dull, dirty and dangerous Brad Truesdell



On the tour, they were joined by hundreds of entrepreneurs, elected officials and CEOs including:  Senator Bill Nelson, Jeff DeWit (NASA) Susan Alzner (Shift7), Ann Kim (Silicon Valley Bank), Keith Nugent (Groundswell), Abram Walton (FIT), Lynda Weatherman (Space Coast EDC), Mike Binko (SCN), Kira Blackwell (NASA), and Jeff DeWit (NASA).


Other startup and local company stops Case and the team visited along the day included:

  • KSC Atlantis Exhibit for our leadership breakfast,
  • NASA Swamp Works,
  • NASA Veggie,
  • OneWeb Satellites,
  • Space Life Sciences Lab,
  • Rocket Crafters,
  • Embraer,
  • Florida Institute of Technology, and
  • the evening fireside and pitch competition took place at Groundswell Startups.


Revolution’s bus tour has visited 38 cities and traveled more than 10,000 miles to witness what is happening in startup ecosystems that are frequently overlooked by Silicon Valley investors.  We have formalized our efforts with a $150M fund to back early stage companies outside of the coastal tech hubs investing in more than 115 companies across the U.S.


Watch video highlights from the day HERE. Please let us know if you need additional images. Jade



Jade Floyd | Vice President of Communications


Revolution, LLC | [email protected]


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