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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Young STEM Entrepreneurs from Around the World Meet at
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to Present
Innovative Products/Services for Global Sustainability
Cape Canaveral, FL – April 2017 / Newsmaker Alert / The 2017 Innovation Summit is the culmination of the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge– an annual, multi-phase, innovation and entrepreneurship competition hosted by the Conrad Foundation. Kicking off last fall, teams of students from around the world used STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills to develop world-changing solutions for global and local sustainability in one of four categories: Aerospace & Aviation, Cyber-Technology & Security, Energy & Environment, Health & Nutrition.

During the semi-final round, over 150 teams submitted detailed business plans to support their product or service in the four Challenge categories. After being judged on technical merit, innovation, marketability and industry relevance, 42 teams were named Finalists and invited to attend the Innovation Summit where they will pitch their projects to panels of experts in business, research and industry. The students will be competing for numerous awards including patent support, and potential investment opportunities to further develop their innovative solution into a start-up business.

The three-day event at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) will also feature lively discussions about cutting-edge topics in science and business, presented by leading entrepreneurs, government officials, scientists and other industry professionals. With students attending from across the U.S. as well as Australia, Canada, India, Japan, New Zealand, and Thailand, this event serves as a unique networking opportunity for these young innovators and entrepreneurs.

The 2017 Summit is made possible by Battelle, America’s Navy, Forward Industries, NASA, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Sigma XI: The Scientific Research Society, Delaware North, Carter, Ledyard & Milburn, LLP, Griffin Communications Group, Dentons and Wisconsin Innovation Service Center.

For more information about the Spirit of Innovation Challenge or how to contribute to the Conrad Foundation, visit


Young, passionate innovators from around the world (ages 13-18)


Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29, 2017
April 27, 1:00-3:15 p.m. – Health & Nutrition Power Pitches
April 27, 3:30-5:30 p.m. – Cyber-Technology & Security Power Pitches
April 28, 8:45-11:15 a.m. – Energy & Environment Power Pitches
April 28, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Aerospace & Aviation Power Pitches
April 29, 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Awards Ceremony

Daily schedule of student presentations and guest speakers available here:


Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
State Rd. 405, Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899
Onsite presentations and awards will be in Astronaut Encounter Theater

Media Registration:

To secure credentials, please fill out the form at the following link. Your submission will be reviewed and you will be notified when credentials are administered.

Media Contacts:
Lauren Walbert
Sandy Hillman Communications
Office: 410-616-8943
Mobile: 443-683-0294

Lauren Quesada
Griffin Communications Group
Office: 281-335-0200
Mobile: 281-744-7938

About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun, inspiration and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Tour featuring the Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, Space Shuttle Atlantis®, Shuttle Launch Experience®, IMAX® A Beautiful Planet 3D and Journey To Space 3D films, Astronaut Encounter, Journey To Mars: Explorers Wanted, Science on a Sphere®, Rocket Garden, Cosmic Quest, and many other exhibits. Its newest attraction, Heroes & Legends, featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® opened November 11, 2016. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season. Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers annual passes starting at $75 + tax for adults and $60 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit

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About Delaware North
Delaware North is one of the largest privately-held hospitality and food service companies in the world. Founded in 1915 and owned by the Jacobs family, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos. Our thousands of employee associates are dedicated to creating special experiences one guest at a time in serving more than 500 million guests annually. Delaware North has annual revenue of about $3 billion in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurants and catering, parks, resorts, gaming, and specialty retail industries. Learn more about Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality and food service, at

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Rebecca Shireman
Assistant Public Relations Manager
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Delaware North
Publishing Dates: 04/18/17 – 06/18/17
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