Lisa Rich is a successful investor, strategist, communicator and operator. She is founder and Managing Partner of Hemisphere Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm focused on frontier tech: synthetic biology, robotics, drones and space. Hemisphere has invested in more than 200 U.S. companies since 2014; Hemisphere’s portfolio has 18 space companies, including: Axiom Space (the world’s first commercial space station); Umbra (high resolution space-based imagery; PlanetIQ (high definition weather forecasting) and Made In Space (in-space manufacturing), recently acquired by Redwire.
Ms. Rich is also founder and Chief Operating Officer of Xplore, a commercial space exploration company focused on missons to Earth orbit and beyond, including destinations to the Moon, Mars, Venus, LaGrange points and near-Earth asteroids. She is dedicated to advancing commercialization for the space industry via legislative affairs and has presented at the U.S. State Department, NewSpace, The Center for Space Commerce and Finance, TechStars, Project Geospatial, and internationally. A member of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and Space Enterprise Consortium, Lisa is also a supporter of the Planetary Society, B612 and The Keck Foundation. She holds a B.S. in English from Loyola University Chicago, and master’s degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.