The Team

Founding Partner


Simon Drake co-founded Space Ventures Investors in 2014 and is responsible for day-to-day operations.
After working for over 15 years in marketing, publishing, consulting and in the investment banking industry (Jefferies, Goldman Sachs, Houlihan Lokey), Simon focussed on the concept of making space investing a reality to investors.
2018-2020 he was part of the Copernicus Incubation selection panel (evaluation of Earth Observation start-ups and companies for funding) and was previously a mentor in the European Copernicus Masters Accelerator program.
Simon leads various joint ventures and spin-offs (Space Commodities Exchange, Lunar Resources Registry, Space Resources) alongside our business development and partnership

Founding Partner


Kevin Mac Gowan co-founded Space Ventures Investors in 2014.
He is a Management and Marketing MBA Graduate and has studied in Europe and the US.
He has decades of experience in management consulting, advertising, marketing (B2C, B2B, digital) and has successfully founded several businesses.
Kevin is responsible for SVI's network in Germany Switzerland, Austria and France.



Thomas Lazaridis joined Space Ventures Investors in 2015. He understood the importance of the space market early on from his experience at Thales Alenia Space and the need to be involved in the New Space industry.
He has years of experience as a strategic and commercial investment advisor in the infrastructure industry and operational experience in the space sector.
Thomas leads the venture capital investment arm of SVI in Europe and works with founders to add and create value.