American teen training to be first human on Mars to beam down to Milton Keynes

An American teenager who is training to be one of the first humans on the planet Mars will be beaming a motivational speech to a conference for start-up businesses in Milton Keynes.

Monday, 9th May 2016, 10:33 am
Updated Monday, 9th May 2016, 11:37 am
Pictured are start up conference organisers Athar Majeed, left and Sharon Oh

Alyssa Carson, from Louisiana, is the first person to have attended all three of NASA space agency’s world space camps, and has been training to be an astronaut for more than nine years, and she is determined to be the first person to land on Mars.

Sharon Oh, of the Think Startup Conference, said: “Although she is only a teenager, Alyssa is a great role model for people who are thinking of starting up in business. She has her sights set on her personal goal of being on the first manned mission to Mars and she is determined to achieve it.

“She is a remarkable human being, speaking Spanish, French and Chinese and giving talks not only to people of her own age but people much older. It is a privilege to have secured her time for Think Startup. We think many people will be inspired at the event.”

The one day conference will be held on Wednesday, May 18 at the Business and Leadership Centre, at 200 Silbury Boulevard. A range of business speakers will be there to pass on their knowledge and lessons to people who want to take their business or idea to the next level.

Other speakers include entrepreneur Carrie Bedingfield, who is a business communication expert, investor and lecturer at Cambridge University. Carrie founded marketing and communication consultancy, Onefish Twofish, aged 25 and clients now include BBC, Kraft Foods and PizzaExpress.

Delegates at the conference from 9am-6pm will include early stage startups, entrpreneurs, influencers, investors, students, mumpreneurs, business leaders and people looking for new careers.

Athar Majeed, of Think Startup said: “Our diverse and to the point talks will truly inspire. By listening to great founders, business people, influencers, corporates and impressive partners you will gain priceless insights and feel the pains of founding your own company.

“Attendees will be able to learn from the best businesses in our hands-on workshops and expand their knowledge in intimate, small groups.”

There will also be a pitching competition, with 10 businesses given two minutes to pitch in front of the delegates and panel.

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