Colin Ake

Masten Space Systems

Vice President Lunar Development

A Georgia Tech graduate and Woodstock Native, Colin well equipped to guide entrepreneurs toward their goals. 

Colin Ake is currently the Vice President of Lunar Development for Masten Space Systems, a small aerospace company focused on lowering the barriers to space access. Masten is focused on technology development, maturation, and delivery within the solar system, and is currently developing a robotic lunar lander for a 2022 mission to the lunar south pole that will carry NASA and commercial payloads. Colin is part of the executive team for Masten, developing business models and customers for all business lines, building structure, and charting a course for growth as they work to open the final frontier.

Prior to joining Masten, Colin worked with Georgia Tech’s VentureLab incubator where he worked to commercialize university intellectual property through startups. In addition to building business models with faculty and PhD student-led startups, Colin helped lead the university’s Innovation Corps programs, funded by the National Science Foundation. In this role, Colin managed Georgia Tech’s grants internally, taught courses nationally, trained over 100 instructors in I-Corps instruction at universities across the world, and built and launched new programs across Georgia Tech. He brought Hacking 4 Defense to Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy and taught for the Scheller College of Business. He has previous aerospace and software startup experience.

Colin lives in Woodstock with his family, where he serves as Ward 3’s representative to the City Council. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management and an MBA from Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business.

Favorite Hobby: Spending time with his family & Serving the City of Woodstock on City Council

Favorite Sports Team: Atlanta Braves 

Favorite Music Artist: Muse

Skill Set: Business model development, early-stage technology startups, customer development, deep technology ventures.

Teams Served On: Half Machine, Makerspace