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SSPI Opens Nominations for the 2023 “20 Under 35” Young Employees and Entrepreneurs to Watch

(New York City, April 26, 2023) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today opened nominations for the “20 Under 35” cohort of 2023. The “20 Under 35” will be honored at the annual Future Leaders Celebration in October during Silicon Valley Space Week 2023, produced by SatNews publishers. Nominations are due by July 17, 2023.

Every year, during its Future Leaders Celebration, SSPI honors its list of the “20 Under 35” ( young space and satellite professionals to watch in the years ahead. “20 Under 35” honorees are employees or entrepreneurs under the age of 35 who have demonstrated initiative, creativity and problem-solving skills that created new capabilities, overcame major challenges, and ensured excellence in technology and service.

The “20 Under 35” are selected by a panel of judges based on scoring of nomination forms. SSPI will unveil the list in September. At the Future Leaders Celebration, SSPI will honor the “20 Under 35” and present the three top-scoring honorees with its Promise Award in recognition of their potential to advance into leadership roles in the industry. On the same evening, SSPI will honor its Mentor of the Year: a space and satellite executive who has devoted time and energy to fostering the next generation of industry employees and entrepreneurs.

“SSPI has honored 100 outstanding individuals with membership in its 20 Under 35 cohorts since 2018” said executive director Robert Bell. “On average, 45 percent of the 20 Under 35 are female and 55% are male. Their specialties range from engineering to medicine, science to management, sales and law. They offer a cross-section of the best of us from sixteen nations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. I can hardly wait to meet the 2023 cohort that we will announce in September.”

Nomination forms are available on SSPI’s website.

About SSPI
Founded in 1983, Space & Satellite Professionals International ( is on a mission to make the space and satellite industry one of the world’s best at attracting and engaging the talent that powers innovation. The space and satellite business has never seen a time of greater experimentation and disruption than we see today. Investment is the fuel for transformation, but people are the engine. SSPI helps the industry attract, develop and retain the talented people it needs to keep the engine turning. People who connect through high-profile events and gain recognition from prestigious awards. People who rely on SSPI for a broader understanding of the industry as much as for individual networking and career mentoring. From young people seeking a career path to industry veterans with wisdom to share, SSPI connects them all.

Talent, investment and opportunity flow to industries that make a difference. SSPI is the only organization that also promotes the enormous value of space and satellite through dramatic stories of our technologies and companies making a better world. Those stories overturn misconceptions about the industry that hold it back. They inspire our people and attract new ones to the industry. They help justify investment and give new customers a reason to care about our services and products. Through the stories we tell and the people we serve, SSPI inspires the growth of the $1 trillion space economy of the future.

For More Information
Victoria Krisman
Communications Associate
Space & Satellite Professionals International

 April 26, 2023