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Intro to Defense Innovation & Ask Me Anything Mark Childers & Ryan Erickson

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Capital Factory

701 Brazos St

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Austin, TX 78701

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Join Capital Factory to find out how you can get plugged into the Defense Innovation Startup Scene! Come hear an overview from experienced government contractors and leaders in the defense innovation sector and get a chance to introduce yourself and ask questions!


This month's Defense AMA will focus on the SBIR Program! We will be featuring Ryan Erikson, SBIR Asst Program Manager at AFWERX, and Mark Childers, Defense Programs Coordinator at Capital Factory.




Mark Childers supported conventional, special operations, and other DoD task forces at the tactical and strategic levels as a human intelligence collector for the US Army. Experience building networks from scratch in austere and unexploited areas, targeting operations, area and influence operations, liaising with foreign intelligence agencies, and conducting provincial assessments for the deployment of HUMINT/CI resources. Conducted debriefings and contributed to federal investigations as NCOIC of a domestic counterintelligence field office while liaising with state and federal agencies.

Trained US and allied personnel in applied psychology as it related to countering opposition deception and influence, interpersonal dynamics, and profiles for intelligence purposes. Consulted for field-grade combat zone negotiations with allied forces, as well as command investigations downrange.

Since leaving the service, built a day-to-day state, local, and federal government contract development and procurement pipeline for an Austin-based electronics manufacturer. Hold an associates in intelligence operations and a bachelor's with a combined concentration in macroeconomics and international affairs.

Master Sergeant Ryan Erickson is a member of AFWERX-Austin and the Air Force Recruiting Service Innovation Team. He is currently working as an assistant program manager for the Open Topics of the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program involved with 18.3,19.1 and 19.2 cohorts. He is also serving as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) Weapons Officer with the Texas Air National Guard at the 147th Air Support Operations Squadron. He has six combat deployments and carries qualifications of jumpmaster, sniper and pathfinder.


Already taken a tour of Capital Factory? Awesome! The event starts at 4:30PM after the 4PM tour.

AGENDA

4:00 PM Tour
4:30 PM Intro to Defense Innovation
5:00 PM Guest Speaker & Ask Me Anything
6:00 PM Happy Hour

You'll get answers to questions like..

  • Why startups should work with the government
  • What opportunities there are for your startup
  • How contracting with the government works
  • What is a "solicitation"?
  • How to be protect yourself against risks
  • Examples of successful startups
  • FedBizOpps
  • The FAR
  • Departmet of Defense - Defense Innovation Unit
  • US Army - Army Futures Command
  • Air Force - AFWERX
  • Special Operations - SOFWERX
  • Plus answers to your own questions!


You will find out about...

  • Why Austin?
  • Capital Factory
  • Department of Defense - Defense Innovation Unit
  • Government Contracts
  • Defense Innovation fast track programs
  • Incubators & Accelerators
  • Examples of successful startups that won government contracts


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Austin, TX 78701

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