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James Slifierz

SkyWatch Space Applications
Co-Founder and CEO
James is the Co-Founder and CEO at SkyWatch Space Applications. He is also a Co-Founder and Chair of MaxQ, Canada's first accelerator focused on space startups, and the Lead Organizer for NASA Space Apps Waterloo. In 2014 James was a part of the team that won the NASA International Space Apps Challenge, beating out over 650 other projects. He's a Google for Entrepreneurs alumnus and a member of the International Astronomical Union's Working Group on Time-Domain Astronomy, the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy, and the Canadian Space Commerce Association. Every Wednesday he publishes This Week in Space, a weekly newsletter covering the biggest stories in space & astronomy. James is on a mission to build Canada's space industry back into a global leader.

MaxQ’s accelerator program helps market-ready startups with an intensive program of mentoring, business development assistance and access to industry experts. Market-ready is where a company or team has a working prototype and a plan to market, but still needs a bit of push to get over the final hurdles to market.