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François Chopard    

Founder & CEO at Starburst Accelerator

As founder and chief executive of the Starburst Accelerator, François Chopard is pioneering today’s aerospace renaissance, uniting early-stage technology innovators with private investment to build the next wave of transportation, communication and intelligence. Since founding Starburst in 2012, Chopard has created 4 innovation hubs around the world (Paris, Munich, Los Angeles, Singapore), where his global team works alongside 300+ technology startups that are developing new aircrafts, spacecrafts, satellites, drones, sensors, AI, and software.

An entrepreneurial futurist, Chopard is a 20+ year veteran of the aerospace and defense sectors who has been instrumental in identifying future trends, product strategy, and investment thesis for companies. He’s been a managing partner for Impulse Partners, a partner for Paris-based, Oliver Wyman, chief executive of Arendi Consulting, and a consultant for PwC. Chopard received his MS in Electrical Engineering from the Ecole Supérieur d’Electricité (Supélec) in Paris, France, and started his career as an Airbus engineer and spent two years in a U.S. Air Force research lab.

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Francois Chopard - Staff - TechCrunch Staff

May 9, 2017 by Francois Chopard. On the back of the incredible innovations that have disrupted today's urban transit systems, with new ride-share models, ...

Francois Chopard | TechCrunch

A new venture fund called Starburst Ventures has raised a $200 million debut fund to invest in early stage aerospace startups over the next three years. The fund ...

The next billion-dollar startup will be in aerospace | TechCrunch

Francois Chopard is Founder and CEO of the Starburst Accelerator. Late last month, 500 people from around the world gathered in Dallas at Uber's inaugural  ...

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