A look back at 2021

Screenshot of Mike interview by Startup Daily

Who knew that a year could go so fast? We’ve covered some of our news this year on our LinkedIn and Facebook pages, so this post will be more of a summary for the whole year. Going forward, we’ll aim to do better at keeping this news feed up to date as well.

Let’s start with a number of fun interviews where Mike talked about Exodus’ space debris solution with Startup Daily (title image), about the feud between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos with 6PR host Liam Bartlett (link now removed), and also Mike’s views on the creative process with If Innovation could Talk (video below):

Mike is interviewed by Eva Chye on “If Innovation Could Talk”

On the business side, we were very fortunate to have our first angel investor funding support this year, which gave us the means we needed to begin work on our KiSSD benchtop prototype, and we are now iterating towards the cost effective solution for space debris. It’s been fantastic to welcome our new intern Alex to the team, and we hope to have more to say on our progress in the new year.

A major part of our progress this year was the less-exciting-but-still-very-necessary work required to set up the accounting back-end and documentation processes required to claim our first R&D tax rebate (a must for any tech startup). As a result, we have now achieved the status of Early Stage Innovation Company (ESIC), which comes with tax benefits for our future investors.

In the last few months of 2021, we were focussed on a number of applications, from grants, to equity funding (both of which we hope to have announcements soon), and other programs, including our successful application to the Innovate to Grow: Space program, which is being run by CSIRO in association with the Australian Space Agency! From December 2021 through February of 2022, Exodus will work with other space-focussed startups and SME’s around Australia to further develop our KiSSD solution, but also explore collaborations which will benefit the broader Australian Space Industry.

Also in the second half of the year, we were a part of setting up the new WA Space Forum (LinkedIn, Facebook) which had its inaugural event on the 29th of October. Our guest speaker was Dr Benjamin Kaebe of Space Industries (pictured), and it was a well attended and received event. Our thanks to everyone who came!

As the year draws to a close, the team at Exodus would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season and hope the new year bears fruit from all the hard work we’ve been seeing everyone put in. Onwards and upwards!

Published by mikelepage

CEO and Design Lead for Exodus Space Systems

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