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8th Continent Chamber Of Commerce Opens For Business

Initial Membership Drive Set to Attract "Space 2.0" Businesses
by Staff Writers
Golden CO (SPX) Feb 11, 2009
The 8th Continent Project has launched the world's first Chamber of Commerce dedicated to the global commercialization of aerospace technology.

"The 8th Continent Chamber of Commerce is the first entrepreneurial support organization to represent the emerging market for 'Space 2.0' companies - venture-backed new businesses that apply technologies developed by NASA and the Deparent of Defense to wide-ranging commercial markets," said 8th Continent Project Director Burke Fort.

"From energy to healthcare and from manufacturing to retail, and just about everything in between, aerospace technology is flowing quickly into our daily lives."

While adapting best practices from traditional city and regional chamber of commerce models, the 8C Chamber's activities will cross international boundaries, multiple markets, companies and individuals with benefits including:

+ Networks linking technologists, entrepreneurs, investors, professional service providers, and government leaders

+ "Labor capital" peer-to-peer connections, mentoring, training and active social calendars

+ Focused Space 2.0 market intelligence and trend analysis

+ 8th Continent Blog and social media assets

+ 8th Continent Career Center, powered by Affiniscape

+ University talent through an internship program, a global business plan competition, a campus network, and training for the future Space 2.0 technology workforce

With the opening of the Chamber itself, the 8th Continent Project's initial Founding Membership drive offers the first three months free for individuals and companies who are involved in the process of commercializing space-derived technologies.

After the initial period, annual membership dues will be $20 for students, $250 for individuals, and $350 plus $25 per employee for companies.

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