Defense Entrepreneurial Symposium

Defense Entrepreneurial Symposium

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Join us to learn more about defense market opportunities available through the National Security Innovation Network

About this event

Early-stage ventures, start-ups, entrepreneurs, and investors interested in doing business with the Department of Defense (DoD) are invited to the Defense Entrepreneur Symposium on August 11, 2022.

Attendees will increase their understanding of defense venture development and the opportunity for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contracts which provide millions of dollars of non-dilutive funding to early-stage ventures every year and are a key way to expand into the defense market.

The National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) will also present how it identifies startups emerging from the academic and venture communities that can address DoD problems in innovative ways, and how it supports the creation of new ventures from technologies emerging from DoD labs.

  • Who: Early-stage ventures, start-ups, entrepreneurs, and investors (angel and venture capital) interested in the defense market
  • What: Presentations, Panel Discussions, Success Stories
  • When: August 11, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (CST)
  • Where: Virtual
  • Why: Increase understanding of defense venture development and the opportunity for SBIR, STTR, and other contracts which provide millions of dollars of non-dilutive funding to early-stage ventures every year and are a key way to expand into the defense market.

Informational links and Zoom conference details will be provided to all registered participants 24-hours in advance of the event.

Tentative Schedule of Events*

(*Subject to change)

Kickoff/Intro/Symposium Overview - 9:00 a.m. CT

  • Mr. Wade Watts, National Security Innovation Network (NSIN)

Distinguished Guest Speakers - 9:10 a.m. CT

  • Keynote Speaker | St. Louis Mayor | Ms. Tishaura Jones
  • FedTech| Mr. Mike Bynum
  • NSIN and NSIN Acceleration Portfolio Overview | Ms. Abi Desjardins

Services Presentations - 10:10 a.m. CT

  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC)| Ms. Cynthia Yamasaki and Mr. Russell Combs
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane (Tech Transfer)| Ms. Annie Bullock
  • SBIRS/STTR | Mr. Josh Nichol-Caddy and Mr. Ed Lahue
  • Gener8tor/NMotion | Mr. Scott Henderson, Managing Director, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Builder’s Council (Venture Capital) | Ms. Allie Esch, Principal Dundee Ventures
  • Capital Innovators | Mr. Frank Hopper, Managing Director
  • Hawaii Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) | Mr. Wayne Inouye
  • National Security Crossroads | Mr. Trent Armbrust, Chief Strategy Officer

Company/Vendor Presentations - 12:15 p.m. CT

  • ElVee | Dr. Sara Myers, CEO
  • BadVR | Mr. Jad Meouchy, Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer
  • Innovate Pittsburgh
  • STL Arch Angels | Mr. Brian Kinman
  • Invest Nebraska | Mr. Matt Foley, Program Director
  • Aviture | Mr. Steve Miller, Director of Government Solutions
  • Decisive Point | Ms. Ryan Benitez, Partner
  • Reinforced Ventures | Mr. Liam Krut, Investment Partner

Testimonials - 1:35 p.m. CT

  • Dr. Sara Myers (NSIN Defense Innovation Acceleration winner, Vector finalist, CEO of ElVee
  • Student participants from NSIN X Force Fellowship
  • UberSpark, Inc. | Dr. Amit Vasudevan, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Dr. Mark Rutherford | Washington University School of Medicine (NSIN Emerge)

Special Presentations - 2:10 p.m. CT

  • National Science Foundation | Dr. Ruth Shuman, NSF I-Corps Program Director
  • Founder Institute | Mr. Ryan Micheletti, Head of Global Operations
  • Ascend Venture Capital | Mr. Yinka Faleti, Partner
  • Diversity Unlocks Innovation | Ms. Karen Fray, NSIN National Service Portfolio Director

Tech Exposition /Demonstrations -2:50 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CT

  • Multiple Companies, Vendors, and Organizations (TBD)

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