• Former Disney Channel star and singer Bridgit Mendler is launching a startup called Northwood Space, backed by venture investors including Founders Fund, Andreessen Horowitz, and Also Capital.
  • "The vision is a data highway between Earth and space," Mendler told CNBC.
  • Northwood aims to build satellite ground stations that are designed with mass production and customer flexibility first in mind.
Actress and singer Bridgit Mendler attends NBCUniversal's after party for the 72nd annual Golden Globes Awards at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 11, 2015.

Bridgit Mendler is no stranger to reaching millions of people — now she wants to change how satellite data reaches the ground.

A former Disney Channel star and singer — with a filmography including "Good Luck Charlie," "Wizards of Waverly Place" and "The Clique" — Mendler has spent the past several years studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Law School.