Francois Chopard, Founder and CEO
As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Starburst Aerospace Accelerator, Francois 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 6 innovation hubs around the world (Paris, Los Angeles, Munich, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Seoul) where his global team works alongside +1000 technology startups that are developing new aircrafts, spacecrafts, satellites, drones, sensors, AI, and software. He has invested in +120 startups, 2 of them became unicorns.
As an entrepreneurial futurist, Chopard is a 25+ year veteran of the aerospace and defense sectors who has been instrumental in identifying future trends, product strategy, and investment thesis for companies. He has been a managing partner for impulse partners, a partner for Paris based Oliver Wyman, Chief Executive for Arendi Consulting and a consultant at PwC. Chopard received is Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Ecole Centrale-Supelec in Paris, France and started his career as an Airbus engineer and spent two years in an Air Force Research lab upstate New York.