Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has invested in Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX), a Hawthorne, California-based space launch provider.
No financial terms were disclosed. CNBC reported the investment is part of a new financing of more than US$300 million.
Founded in 2002 by U.S. entrepreneur Elon Musk, SpaceX designs, manufactures and operates advanced rockets and spacecraft. It has accounted for more than 75 launches to date.
SpaceX is the inaugural deal of Teachers’ Innovation Platform (TIP), unveiled in April to make late-stage venture capital and growth equity investments in technology companies.
Ontario Teachers’ Invests in SpaceX
June 27, 2019
Inaugural investment for Teachers’ Innovation Platform
TORONTO – Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Ontario Teachers’) today announced an investment in Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), a leading designer, manufacturer and operator of advanced rockets and spacecraft. It is the inaugural investment by the Teachers’ Innovation Platform (TIP), which was launched in April 2019.
Founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, SpaceX has disrupted the long-established space launch market. With over 75 successful launches, SpaceX is the world’s leading private launch provider, and the first to successfully reuse an orbital class rocket. SpaceX is also working to launch Starlink, a next-generation satellite network capable of connecting the globe with reliable and affordable broadband internet services.
“SpaceX is the world’s leading private space launch provider, and we are excited to work with the company in the next phase of its growth as it rolls out its Starlink satellite network,” said Olivia Steedman, Senior Managing Director, TIP.
SpaceX was identified as a compelling investment opportunity for TIP due to its proven track record of technology disruption in the launch space and significant future growth potential in the satellite broadband market. TIP focuses on late-stage venture capital and growth equity investments in companies that use technology to disrupt incumbents and create new sectors.
“Our investment in SpaceX fits well within the TIP investment strategy of capitalizing on significant global opportunities in new businesses and sectors that are emerging as a result of unprecedented technological change,” added Ms. Steedman.
Financial terms for the investment were not disclosed.
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