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FedTech teams with NASA on program that aims to help entrepreneurs turn research into startups

The camera on the back of your cellphone got its start in the sky. The same goes for many of the baby formulas for sale today, and for the technology behind laser eye surgery.

Those disparate products and processes — and many, many more — have their roots in technology developed by NASA.

“Of all the research labs out there, NASA just has one of the most unique histories of creating spinoffs that end up being commercial products,” said Ben Solomon, founder and managing partner of Washington, D.C.-area venture accelerator FedTech.

FedTech works with entrepreneurs to commercialize technology from federal agencies like the departments of energy or defense.

“With FedTech, the reason we exist and the reason that we work every day is we look at what’s next,” said Solomon, who grew up in Northeast Ohio.

While the company typically works with a variety of agencies, it recently worked with

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The media startups VCs say will take off in 2020

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Hi, this is Amanda Perelli and welcome back to Influencer Dashboard, our weekly rundown on the influencer and creator economy. Sign up for the newsletter here.

Before we get started, I’m hosting a digital event on Wednesday, August 5 at 11 a.m. ET on how influencers are earning money in 2020. I will be speaking live with YouTube creators Shelby Church, Ruby Asabor, and Katy Bellotte on the state of the influencer industry, how they built their online audiences, and how they’ve adapted their businesses during the pandemic. Sign up here.

Alright, onto this week’s rundown.

My colleagues Ashley Rodriguez and Dan Whateley asked 11 top venture-capital investors which media startups they thought would thrive in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic — and why.

They asked each VC to pick two companies,

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