Starburst Ventures launches new fund focused on aerospace and defense

The fund will be led by François Chopard, who founded aerospace accelerator Starburst in 2012.

  • Starburst Ventures’ investments include Outpost, a satellite and earth return company, and machine learning startup Strong Compute
  • General Partner François Chopard founded Starburst in 2012
  • Based in El Segundo, California, Starburst Ventures is managed by Starburst, an aerospace accelerator

Starburst Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on aviation, space and defense, has unveiled its new early-stage fund. No financial terms were disclosed.

The fund’s team will be led by Starburst Ventures’ founder and General Partner François Chopard, who founded the Starburst aerospace accelerator in 2012.

The fund’s investment team also includes Benjamin Zeitoun, the accelerator’s program director. They will be aided by advisors Jacqueline Tame, former deputy director of the US Department of Defense Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, and Natalya Bailey, head of strategy at Bloom Energy.

“The Starburst Ventures fund will be an imperative resource in developing the next generation of aerospace and defense companies,” Chopard said in a statement. “I look forward to working with some of the brightest minds across aerospace innovation and business development.”

Starburst Ventures’ existing investments include Outpost, a sustainable satellite and earth return company, and Strong Compute, a startup that helps developers speed up machine learning training pipelines. The fund has also invested in three companies that are in stealth mode.

Based in El Segundo, California, Starburst Ventures is managed by Starburst, an aerospace accelerator.