Mars One is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Phoenix Enterprises AG, a Swiss investment company. Under the agreement, Phoenix will subscribe for Mars One Ventures AG shares over a twelve month period, raising a total of up to €12 million, with a minimum of €0.5 million to be raised in any one calendar month.
Oscar Christian, CEO of Phoenix says: "Mars One has a very innovative business model combining branding and media rights with the increasingly popular topic of space exploration. Mars One's historic viewership statistics clearly demonstrate its potential. We are very excited to be providing the funding required to kick-start Mars One's activities and with it the media interest that will be transformative for Mars One Ventures AG."
The first proceeds are expected in July 2018. Mars One Ventures intends to use the proceeds to complete its re-listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, to strengthen its team, and to pay the license fee to the Mars One Foundation. This in turn allows the Foundation to fund the next round of astronaut selection, bringing the round 3 candidates together in a desert location to test their team skills. The Foundation will also strengthen the technical team and will contract aerospace companies to perform feasibility studies required to continue to the next phases in the Mars mission. Furthermore, Mars One will release a documentary series on how to select the best teams to train for a mission where teams go to Mars to stay.
Bas Lansdorp, CEO of Mars One says: "We're very excited to have signed this funding agreement. The agreed amount is enough to fund all the activities in the Mars One Foundation road map in the next 12 months. It will also allow Mars One Ventures AG to invest in innovative ways to market the Mars One story, further building the community we need to implement our plans and get humans to Mars."
About Mars One
Mars One aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Before carefully selected and trained crews will depart to Mars, several unmanned missions will be completed, establishing a habitable settlement waiting for the first astronauts to arrive.
Mars One consists of two entities: the not-for-profit Mars One Foundation and Mars One Ventures AG. The Mars One Foundation implements, and manages the mission and owns the mission hardware. It also selects and trains the crews, and is building an ever-growing community of experts and supporters that follow the progress of the mission and contribute to it.
Mars One Ventures holds the exclusive monetization rights around the Mars One mission. There are many revenue possibilities around the mission to Mars: merchandise, ads on video content, broadcasting rights, partnerships, Intellectual Property, events, games, apps, and many more.
For more information about Mars One, please visit www.mars-one.com.
About Phoenix Enterprises AG
Phoenix Enterprises AG is an exclusive International Consultancy and Financial Service company, that adds value to start-ups and existing companies in the form of funding, business network, business creativity and business strategy.
Phoenix Enterprises AG selects companies with a global ambition and above average growth potential and designs for these companies a strategy that leads to a concept of becoming a preferred supplier to an industry leader, listing as a public company on one of the renowned stock exchanges in Europe or the USA or an M&A strategy to combine forces. For more information about Phoenix Enterprises, please visit www.phoenixenterprises-ag.com.