“She about to be the next Elon”: Selena Gomez’s Wizards of Waverly Place Co-Star is an MIT Genius, Becomes CEO of Space-based Startup to Revolutionize Satellite Industry

By setting the bar so high, she is nothing short of an inspiration to women everywhere!

"She about to be the next Elon": Selena Gomez's Wizards of Waverly Place Co-Star is an MIT Genius, Becomes CEO of Space-based Startup to Revolutionize Satellite Industry


  • Actress/singer Bridgit Mendler has become the CEO of Northwood Space, a company that aims to mass-produce ground stations.
  • She started the company along with her husband Griffin Cleverly and another co-founder, Shaurya Luthra.
  • Mendler’s fans are in awe of the actress for having such a unique career trajectory.
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Bridgit Mendler is an inspiration to women everywhere. The actress/singer found fame thanks to Disney channel shows including Good Luck Charlie and Selena Gomez’s Wizards of Waverly Place. Eventually, Bridgit Mendler went on to start her music career and has one album to her name. From there, Bridgit Mendler’s career took a turn as she decided to focus more on her education.

Bridgit Mendler and Selena Gomez in Wizards of Waverly Place
Bridgit Mendler and Selena Gomez in Wizards of Waverly Place

Mendler is once again in the news as she has sent the Internet into a frenzy with her new venture, Northwood Space. The actress is starting the company with her husband, Griffing Cleverly, and will be serving as the CEO of Northwood Space. Actress, Singer, Businesswoman – is there anything Bridgit Mendler cannot do?

Selena Gomez’ Co-Star is Reaching for the Stars

Bridgit Mendler with her husband, Griffin Cleverly
Bridgit Mendler with her husband, Griffin Cleverly (via Bridgit Mendler’s Instagram)

Based in El Segundo, California, Northwood Space aims to mass produce ground stations that help connect to the satellites in space. According to the company’s website, the co-founders are planning on “expanding access to space by rethinking shared infrastructure for satellite backhaul.”


Northwood Space has three co-founders to its name – Bridgit Mendler (CEO), who has worked with celebrities like Selena Gomez, her husband, Griffin Cleverly (CTO), and Shaurya Luthra (Head of Software).

Talking to CNBC, Mendler opened up about the vision and mission behind starting Northwood Space. The Merry Happy Whatever actress stated,

“The vision is a data highway between Earth and space. Space is getting easier along so many different dimensions but still the actual exercise of sending data to and from space is difficult. You have difficulty finding an access point for contacting your satellite.”

Mendler also revealed that they started brainstorming for Northwood Space right when the world was in the middle of a pandemic. She said,


“While everybody else was making their sourdough starters, we were building antennas out of random cr*p we could find at Home Depot … and receiving data from [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] satellites…For me, why the ground-side matters is because it actually is about bringing the impacts of space home to people.”

Having been formed in 2023, the space venture has already received $6 million in initial funding thanks to investors such as Founders Fund, Andreessen Horowitz, and Also Capital. With their start-up, Luthra, Cleverly, and Mendler aim to build satellite ground stations as quickly as possible so that people don’t have to wait for months in waiting.

Fans are Going Gaga over Bridgit Mendler

Bridgit Mendler as Teddy Duncan on Good Luck Charlie
Bridgit Mendler as Teddy Duncan on Good Luck Charlie

After shining bright in the entertainment industry, Mendler decided to give her education more importance and ended up studying at the University of Southern California. She later enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she was a researcher with the MIT Media Lab. She also recently got her JD from Harvard University.

Needless to say, Mendler’s trajectory over the years has been beyond impressive and fans absolutely agree. Thanks to her involvement in Northwood Space, fans are calling her the next Elon Musk and going crazy over her one-of-a-kind resume. Check out what fans have to say about Mendler’s newest venture:




Mendler is really setting the bar high for Disney actors! Who would’ve imagined that Charlie Duncan’s video diaries-filming sister would one day be working in the space industry? Teddy sure made the Duncans proud.


Written by Mishkaat Khan

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