Adam Cohen

ADAM COHEN, Investor, AC Ventures
Florida, USA

Adam Cohen has variously played lawyer, consultant, investment banker, entrepreneur, and investor.

As a corporate finance attorney with Latham & Watkins and as an investment banker with Lehman Brothers, he worked for banks, investors, and issuers on dozens of debt and equity offerings.

His larger aerospace and technology financing projects included capital raising and M&A for American Mobile Satellite Corp, Asia Global Crossing, China Unicom, and XM Satellite Radio.

Adam later founded the fintech firms Covenant Review and Fulcrum Financial Data, which he grew to approximately 80 staff in the USA and Europe. He sold the business to Fitch Group (a unit of Hearst)­ in 2018.

Adam now invests in and advises several space businesses. Adam is also a Virgin Galactic ticket holder.

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AC Ventures invests in early-stage companies involved in the space industry and its related services and enabling technologies.

For us in ESM every drop of water and every piece of land has enormous significance because we know that there is power there, the power of the energy is hidden there. ESM is the pillar of the country, without its stability there is no better and safer future and therefore there should not be delaying of the development solution for the future of our system. Our hydro and thermo capacities are working constantly and are maintained day and night.

From our capacities we provide around 90 % from the entire domestic production. We produce average annual up to 5000 GWh electricity from the thermo power plants which are with installed capacity of 824 MW, while from the hydro power plants, which are with installed capacity of 554 MW, we produce 1200 GWh average annual electricity. From the wind park, with installed capacity of 36.8 MW, we produce more than 100 GWh average annual electricity.

We are seeking investments in companies involved in:

  • Space data services applications (earth imaging, applications using sat data, etc.)
  • Space exploration technologies
  • Enabling technologies and components (advanced materials, AI, robotics, etc.)
  • Space industry news and data
  • Space-focused STEM education and media

The spaceflight revolution in cost-to-launch has transformed the space industry. Now, passionate people who want to help bring humanity out into the universe and use space technologies to solve everyday problems here on Earth have the vehicles to do so. However, while the space industry has many great engineers and dreamers, historically it has been significantly driven by government programs executed within large institutions. As a result, there are relatively less people in the space industry with practical, nuts-and-bolts business building experience than in other tech sectors. Similarly, there is less of an investment and advisory ecosystem than other sectors, particularly for companies with goals that are socially and scientifically important, but may be of modest absolute size.

We are here to give entrepreneurs another option beyond friends and family for investment and advice on the many issues that are “boring but important” to succeed.

Our focus is on niche, underserved companies. If you are building a U.S.-based business with a compelling business plan and established team looking to raise $5+ million for a projected revenue stream above $20 million in five years, then there are various choices available to you from space-focused venture groups like Space Angels up to large tech funds with a space strategy.

But, what if you have a plan for building a niche subscription business on based on analysis of augmented sat data that by its very nature won’t see projected revenues past $5 million even five years out? In that range, it is difficult to find a source of funding that can also give strategic advice, because there just isn’t enough money to put to work to make it worth the VC’s time. Or what if your team is located in an emerging market where there is less of a startup and venture capital culture? It may again be hard to locate interested investors and even harder to find advice on matters like selling into the financial markets or how to build a cross-border team. We want to hear about cases like this.

We look for a respectable return as part of impact investing. We are excited to help make a project happen that might not occur otherwise or with greater difficultly. Plainly stated: we see more impact in being your partner in an 8x project that needs real advice, than for us to be the fourth investor in a 10x deal that will get funded anyway.

Our office is in Melbourne, Florida (near Kennedy Space Center) and we are available to meet here on the Space Coast or at your location.

We are not pursuing investments in launch, large team projects, or projects that require significant capex to reach revenue generation. Our geographical interest is the Americas, Africa, and Europe.