Lisa Rich is a successful investor, strategist, communicator and operator. She is founder and Managing Partner of Hemisphere Ventures (https://www.hemisphere.com/), an early stage venture capital firm focused on frontier tech: synthetic biology, robotics, drones and space. Hemisphere is a Top VC in the NewSpace sector. They have invested in 200+ U.S. companies since 2014, and their portfolio includes 18 space companies including: Axiom Space, Umbra Lab, PlanetIQ and Made In Space (recently acquired by Redwire).
Ms. Rich is also founder and Chief Operating Officer of Xplore (https://www.xplore.com), a commercial space exploration company focused on missions to Earth orbit and beyond. She is dedicated to advancing commercialization for the space industry via legislative affairs and has presented at the U.S. State Department, NewSpace, The Center for Space Commerce and Finance, TechStars, Project Geospatial, AFWERX and internationally. She holds a B.S. in English from Loyola University Chicago, and master’s degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.