National and global advertising are expensive. Even at >$200K, CubeSats are cheap at this level. With the space race now on, consider your CubeSat’s advertising potential.
Bob Twigs / KatySat / KYSat – “multimedia CubeSats” with classroom involvement.
“Social conscience” investors. “Giving back to the community”, esp. by investing in space, education and global awareness.
Government funding. Chances of winning grant / funding can be small. Long approval times. Not too expensive to put togeter proposals, however – just man-hours. Competing against “proposal mills”. Fosters a disciplined approach due to required accountability.