A highlight of the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program is the annual Summit, a jam-packed two day event designed specifically for the current class of Matthew Isakowitz Fellows. While the activities, speakers, and guest attendees vary year to year, here’s a glimpse into just a few of the memorable moments from past MIFP Summits…

Behind-the-Scenes Tours of Companies

Touring Virgin Orbit.
Visiting Aerospace Corporation’s iLab.
Touring SpaceX’s headquarters.
The Summit was amazing. From meeting industry icons like Elon Musk and Buzz Aldrin to touring state-of-the-art rocket labs in Los Angeles, every moment was like kindle to a flame as our excitement for space never died down.
— Gary L., 2019 Fellow
Meeting people like Beth Moses and seeing so many behind-the-scenes aspects of commercial spaceflight was an unforgettable experience and will likely shape the rest of my career in positive ways.
— Nina A., 2019 Fellow

Discussions with Space Industry Insiders

2018 panel discussion with Virgin Orbit staff.

2018 panel discussion with Virgin Orbit staff.

2018 Entrepreneurship Panel featuring Van Espahbodi (Starburst), Stan Dubyn (Millenium Space), John Gedmark (Co-founder and CEO, Astranis), and Bulent Altan (Co-founder, Global Space Ventures).

2018 Entrepreneurship Panel featuring Van Espahbodi (Starburst), Stan Dubyn (Millenium Space), John Gedmark (Co-founder and CEO, Astranis), and Bulent Altan (Co-founder, Global Space Ventures).

2019 Entrepreneurship Panel featuring John Gedmark (Co-founder and CEO, Astranis), Mandy Vaughn (President, VOX Space), George Whitesides (CEO, Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company), Natalya Bailey (Founder, Accion), and Chris Moran (Executive Director, Lockheed Martin Ventures).

2019 Entrepreneurship Panel featuring John Gedmark (Co-founder and CEO, Astranis), Mandy Vaughn (President, VOX Space), George Whitesides (CEO, Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company), Natalya Bailey (Founder, Accion), and Chris Moran (Executive Director, Lockheed Martin Ventures).

Q&A with Elon Musk (Founder and CEO, SpaceX) and the 2019 Fellows.

Q&A with Elon Musk (Founder and CEO, SpaceX) and the 2019 Fellows.

There are no other opportunities that rival the unique networking experience that the Summit provides and the rich insight I’ve gotten from my mentor.
— Lewis J., 2019 Fellow
The experience was beyond any of my wildest dreams. The opportunity to meet and talk with industry titans like Gwynne Shotwell and George Whitesides, especially so early in my career, was an experience I will never forget.
— Sydney D., 2018 Fellow

Educational Challenges, from Business Pitches to Debates

Prepping for the 2018 Shark Tank Challenge.

Prepping for the 2018 Shark Tank Challenge.

Judges of the 2019 Great Space Debate: Randy Villahermosa (Aerospace Corporation), Melanie Stricklan (Slingshot Aerospace), and Van Espahbodi (Starburst).

Judges of the 2019 Great Space Debate: Randy Villahermosa (Aerospace Corporation), Melanie Stricklan (Slingshot Aerospace), and Van Espahbodi (Starburst).

Prepping for the 2019 Great Space Debate.

Prepping for the 2019 Great Space Debate.

Fellows presenting their winning idea at the 2018 Shark Tank Challenge.

Fellows presenting their winning idea at the 2018 Shark Tank Challenge.

John Gedmark (Co-founder and CEO, Astranis), Barry Matsumori (CEO, BridgeComm) and Mandy Vaughn (President, VOX Space) judging the 2018 Shark Tank Challenge.

John Gedmark (Co-founder and CEO, Astranis), Barry Matsumori (CEO, BridgeComm) and Mandy Vaughn (President, VOX Space) judging the 2018 Shark Tank Challenge.

It has been a summer of one extraordinary moment after the next... However, it was all the little things that really set this Fellowship apart: sharing jokes on the bus with incredibly passionate people, meeting my heroes in the industry over lunches, stumbling into opportunities in casual conversations, and learning about all the ways one person’s incredible love for space touched not only all of our lives, but also helped change the course of the industry.
— Anjali R., 2019 Fellow
At the Summit, I expected to meet some impressive people and to enjoy the tours, I had no idea how genuine the experience would be. I forged friendships with a group that I truly believe will be the future of commercial spaceflight, and I met more space legends than I can count. What really caught me, was how all of these talented, accomplished people sincerely wanted to be there. Not one was there out of obligation, and that was really special.
— Madeline V., 2019 Fellow

Networking Reception and Celebratory Dinner

George Whitesides (CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company) delivering the keynote address at the 2018 Summit Dinner.

George Whitesides (CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company) delivering the keynote address at the 2018 Summit Dinner.

Fellows with Anita Sengupta (Chief Product Officer and Vice President, Airspace Experience Technologies) at the 2018 Summit Reception.

Fellows with Anita Sengupta (Chief Product Officer and Vice President, Airspace Experience Technologies) at the 2018 Summit Reception.

Fellows with Van Espahbodi (Co-founder, Starburst Aerospace) and Randy Villahermosa (General Manager of Innovation, Aerospace Corporation) at the 2019 Summit Reception.

Fellows with Van Espahbodi (Co-founder, Starburst Aerospace) and Randy Villahermosa (General Manager of Innovation, Aerospace Corporation) at the 2019 Summit Reception.

John Gedmark (Co-founder and CEO, Astranis) and Brett Alexander (Vice President for Government Sales and Strategy, Blue Origin) delivering the keynote address at the 2019 Summit Dinner.

John Gedmark (Co-founder and CEO, Astranis) and Brett Alexander (Vice President for Government Sales and Strategy, Blue Origin) delivering the keynote address at the 2019 Summit Dinner.

Fellows chatting with Buzz Aldrin, a special guest at the 2019 MIFP Reception & Dinner.

Fellows chatting with Buzz Aldrin, a special guest at the 2019 MIFP Reception & Dinner.

Fellows with Sirisha Bandla (MIFP Team Member; Business Development & Government Affairs Manager, Virgin Orbit), Tim Ellis (Co-founder and CEO, Relativity Space), and Peter Diamandis (Founder and Executive Chairman, XPRIZE Foundation).

Fellows with Sirisha Bandla (MIFP Team Member; Business Development & Government Affairs Manager, Virgin Orbit), Tim Ellis (Co-founder and CEO, Relativity Space), and Peter Diamandis (Founder and Executive Chairman, XPRIZE Foundation).

Fellows with Dan Hart (President and CEO, Virgin Orbit) at the 2019 Summit Reception.

Fellows with Dan Hart (President and CEO, Virgin Orbit) at the 2019 Summit Reception.

If you are interested in how the space industry got to where we are, where it is going, and how you can be a part of it, there is no program that accelerate your path more quickly or with more fun than the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program.
— Shayna H., 2018 Fellow
During the Summit, I met an incredible group of students with just as much passion for the space industry as me.
— Cameron F., 2019 Fellow

Getting to Know the Other Fellows and Alumni

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2018 Class of Matthew Isakowitz Fellows

2018 Class of Matthew Isakowitz Fellows

2019 Class of Matthew Isakowitz Fellows

2019 Class of Matthew Isakowitz Fellows

And So Much More!