The concept of a launchpad for a moonshot took hold of the nation’s consciousness in 1961 when PresidentJohn F. Kennedy declared that the United States would focus its energy on sending American astronauts into space with the goal of successfully landing on the moon.
Flagstaff played an important role in launching this dream, serving as a training ground for astronauts, including all the astronauts who landed on the moon who trained from 1963 to 1972 in Northern Arizona.
Continuing in that tradition, the non-profit organization Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology became a launchpad for small businesses and startups 17 years ago from its base on McMillan Mesa.
The NACET program houses a business incubator and an accelerator in its state-of-the-art facility, which consists of 38,000 square feet with wet labs, suites, offices and manufacturing space.
Moonshot at NACET designed a program for growing business profitability through “scaling,” the development of more products and services or the expansion of market position....
AZ Daily Sun: Moonshot at NACET set to host 2nd Pioneer Pitch contest -- RESCHEDULED FOR MAY 3-5, 2019
For the second straight year, Moonshot at Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NACET) will host a competition for innovators with ideas in need of support and businesses wanting to expand an existing idea.
The Pioneer Pitch event, set for MAY 3-5, is similar to ABC's Shark Tank. Workshops will be held at NACET's campus on Gemini Drive with the final competition at Lowell Observatory on Mars Hill. Potential contestants must submit an online application and post a two minute video about their product or service on YouTube by Feb. 18. Entrants will be competing for more than $15,000 in cash, scholarships and Amazon Web Services credits, as well as the chance to become an affiliate of Moonshot at NACET for a year....