Defense Innovation at Startup Speed:
The Role of Government
Join the BAE Systems’ Innovation team to discuss the importance of engaging with all the players in the high-tech ecosystem to achieve rapid innovation in defense and aerospace. Participate in a conversation with distinguished guest speakers from the Department of Defense and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to learn how the Government is engaging with small business, universities and venture capital investors to leverage the fast paced commercial high-tech sector. Large system integrators such as BAE Systems will have a vital role for the success of this new defense innovation model, providing guidance and resources to small businesses to achieve successful insertion of disruptive dual-use technologies into complex defense systems.
AGENDA AT A GLANCE
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Office Hours
5:05 PM – 5:30 PM Presentation: The Need for Rapid Innovation Integration and the Evolving Role of Defense Industry Primes
5:40 PM – 7:15 PM TED-Talks: Government, Start-Up and Defense Innovator Partnerships to Speed Industry Innovation Creation and
Adoption: Four Perspectives on Next Generation Strategies
- The Role of Government - September 12th
- The Role of Startup Accelerators - June 20
- The Role of Venture Capital - March 14th
- The Role of Universities - November 14th
Defense Innovation at Startup Speed: The Role of Government
September 12, 2019
Join the BAE Systems’ Innovation team to discuss the importance of engaging with all the players in the high-tech ecosystem to achieve rapid innovation in defense and aerospace. Participate in a conversation with distinguished guest speakers from the Department of Defense and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to learn how the Government is engaging with small business, universities and venture capital investors to leverage the fast paced commercial high-tech sector.
Large system integrators such as BAE Systems will have a vital role for the success of this new defense innovation model, providing guidance and resources to small businesses to achieve successful insertion of disruptive dual-use technologies into complex defense systems.
Welcome and Introductions
5:00 PM – 5:05 PM
Lucia Maffei, Boston Business Journal
Born and raised in Italy, Lucia “Lucy” Maffei is a business reporter based in Boston. Her work has been published on NPR.org, TechCrunch and BostInno. Currently, she’s the Technology Reporter for the Boston Business Journal covering startups, M&A deals and venture capital in Greater Boston. Lucy received her master’s degree in business reporting from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. When she’s not breaking news, she can be found cultivating her photography skills or enjoying her last-one-seriously cup of coffee.
The Need for Rapid Innovation Integration and the Evolving Role of Defense Industry Primes
5:05 PM – 5:30 PM
Dave Logan, BAE Systems, Inc.
Dave Logan is the VP and General Manager for the C4ISR Systems business area within the Electronic Systems (ES) Sector of BAE Systems. The C4ISR Systems business develops products that span the underwater, surface, airborne, and space domains providing advanced sensing, identification, computing, exploitation, and mission management solutions. With revenues of $1.2B, C4ISR Systems has over 3,600 employees spread across more than a dozen sites. Major facilities are located in New Hampshire, New York, Virginia, California, and New Jersey.
TED-Talks: Government, Start-Up and Defense Innovator Partnerships to
Speed Industry Innovation Creation and Adoption: Four Perspectives on Next Generation Strategies
5:40 PM – 6:55 PM
Ravi Pappu, CTO, In-Q-Tel
Ravi Pappu is CTO at In-Q-Tel, where he works on technology strategy, roadmaps, and tools to systematically understand technology innovation. Prior to joining IQT, Pappu held senior technology and management positions at Trimble Navigation and ThingMagic, a venture-backed company he co-founded. ThingMagic was acquired by Trimble in 2010. Pappu received his Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab, and was named to Technology Review’s TR100 list of top innovators under 35 and Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40.
Mike McGinley, Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)
As Director of DIU Boston and of DIU’s Defense Engagements, Mike is responsible for executing DIU’s mission to bridge the gap between innovative commercial technologies and the federal government. Mike has also served as DIU’s Congressional Liaison and Air Force Lead, and started and led DIU’s computer vision innovation challenge. Before joining DIU, Mike ran USCYBERCOM’s Public-Private Partnership initiative, where he created and led advanced cyber tech outreach teams in Silicon Valley, New York City, and Boston, and crafted and implemented USCYBERCOM’s partnership strategy with venture capital/tech firms and academia.
Amanda Rebhi, United States Air Force
Amanda Rebhi is a highly regarded officer in the US Air Force with TS/SCI clearance and 7 years of leadership, management, and critical thinking experience in high-stress, high-tempo, and high-visibility environments. As Directorate CAG Chief of the Digital Directorate, she cultivates joint, cross-organizational, inter-departmental, federal, and local partnerships to advance Agile DevOps. She manages Directorate programs that incorporate entrepreneurial lean startup approaches.
Mark Fuller, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
As Undersecretary of Business Growth at the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, Mark is responsible for advancing the administration’s strategy for job creation and business development across the Commonwealth. Mark coordinates state-funded incentive, capital, and operating budget driven programs, leads departments that offer support and resources for businesses of all sizes, and fosters relationships with the state’s diverse business owners. Mark most recently served as the Chief of Staff at the MBTA.
6:55 PM – 7:15 PM
Moderator: Randy “Laz” Gordon, AFWERX
Lieutenant Colonel Randy “Laz” Gordon, PhD is a decorated, multi-discipline leader with a demonstrated 20-year track record of professional excellence. He is currently serving as the Test and Evaluation Lead for the US Air Force’s AFWERX technology innovation enterprise with businesses, academia, and service members. He is also a Harvard Business School Alumnus and Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Defense Innovation at Startup Speed: The Role of Startup Accelerator
June 20, 2019
Host: Nancy Saucier, BAE Systems Inc. Tech Scouting and currently runs operations
Nancy Saucier, BAE Systems
Nancy Saucier has more than 20 years of experience working with high growth technology companies and the venture capital and angel investment communities. She has extensive knowledge of start-up activity and strategy, venture capital, community and alliance development, and organization operations management. Nancy recently joined BAE Systems Inc. Tech Scouting and currently runs operations. Prior to BAE, she was Executive Director of Innovation & New Ventures at UMass Lowell and responsible for the River Hawk Venture Fund, technology transfer and all new venture and entrepreneurial programs focused on faculty, graduate student and post-doctoral staff innovation.
BAE Executive Welcome and Company Introduction
Paul Markwardt, Vice President and General Manager, Survivability, Targeting & Sensing Solutions
Paul Markwardt is vice president and general manager for the Survivability, Targeting & Sensing Solutions Business Area, within the Electronic Systems sector. STS is a diverse business with a broad portfolio of EO/IR products that provide its customers with unparalleled capabilities including infrared countermeasures, thermal imaging vision systems, low-level light sensors, precision munitions guidance systems, and laser targeting solutions.
Panel of accelerators, incubators and co-working spaces
5:00 PM – 6:15 PM
BAE System’s business areas are working with FAST Labs and with local innovation ecosystems to foster rapid innovation and introduce new capabilities in next-generation defense and aerospace systems.
Stas Gayshan, Co-founder, CIC Boston (Moderator)
Stas Gayshan is Managing Director at the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) and the founder of CIC Boston. Stas leads the development of new CIC projects in the Americas, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and beyond, connecting innovators across boundaries and borders. Stas works with governments, universities, large corporations, real estate developers, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, funders, and other stakeholders to solve difficult problems, build powerful, interwoven innovation ecosystems, and help cities craft lasting, impactful outcomes. A globally sought-after thought leader on innovation and entrepreneurship, Stas is often seen speaking at conferences and judging startup competitions around the world.
Maren Cottonar, Director of External Relations, MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS)
Ms. Cattonar operates in the nexus between research, industry, and government. She is currently: an Entrepreneur in Residence at Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA); the director of external relations for MIT’s Jameel-Global Food and Water Security Laboratory (J-WAFS); a senior strategic advisor and ecosystem architect for BMNT/Hacking for Defense (H4Di) helping to solve strategic problems for the national security community (DoD and Intel.); the General Manager for Anoto AB’s Knowledge AI Technology (KAIT), a new company personalizing education and learning using AI. She is on the board of the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) and is a mentor for the MIT Sandbox, TechStars Air Force, and MIT i-Teams programs.
Fady Saad, MassRobotics
A 2017 Boston Business Journal 40 Under 40 Honoree, Fady is the co-founder and partnerships director of MassRobotics; the first and largest robotics/AI startup escalator in the world. He also advises Rewired AI Studio on investment of their $100 million fund. Fady is the first to coin the term “startup escalation” model and “startup escalator”. Before that he was the strategy, research & business development director of Vecna Technologies where he supported the development of the company’s robotics R&D strategy, funding and commercialization activities.
Reed Sturtevant, General Partner, The Engine
Reed is a General Partner at The Engine and co-founder and Managing Director at Project 11, a venture capital fund which invests in and assists early stage startups. Reed was a Managing Director of Techstars Boston and the founding director of Microsoft Startup Labs in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to Microsoft, he was Chief Technology Officer of EONS, Inc. Before EONS he served as a Managing Director and Vice President of Technology for Idealab, Boston, which founded several companies including Picasa and Compete. Prior to Idealab, Reed co- founded Radnet and RadioAMP.
He was architect and designer of Freelance Graphics, a best selling presentation graphics software product acquired by Lotus Development. Reed was a key member of the senior technical staff at Lotus where he launched many products including Lotus’ first web product.
Christian Hassold, The Alchemist
Christian Hassold is Director of Strategy & Corporate Development for ChannelAdvisor where he leads the M&A business practice and provides thought leadership on digital commerce. Christian has been a principal of three successful start-up companies since 1999 and is a mentor for Alchemist, a top-rated start-up accelerator based in San Francisco. Christian holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and attended London School of Economics and Political Science.
BAE Systems Reverse Pitches made available to the small business community.
6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
At BAE Systems we have a long tradition for solving hard technical problems: we are excited to share some key original ideas with entrepreneurs to rapidly develop new dual-use technologies.
Jeff Degler, Director, Strategy & Planning, BAE Systems Electronic Systems (Moderator)
Jeff Degler is Director of Strategy and Planning for the Electronic Systems Sector within BAE Systems Inc. In this role, Jeff leads M&A, strategic collaboration, and IP licensing efforts, conducts business analyses, manages projects with external consultants, and supports the sector’s Integrated Business Plan development. Jeff has worked in the Aerospace and Defense industry for 30 years with BAE Systems and predecessor companies. Prior assignments include: electrical and software engineering, business development and capture team leadership, program management, R&D and investment portfolio management, and chief of staff positions with the North America CEO and the plc Chairman in London.
BAE Technology Presenters
Chris Peckham, Growth Cell Leader, Survivability, Targeting and Sensing Solutions, BAE Systems
Chris Peckham is currently the Growth Cell Leader for the Survivability, Targeting, & Sensing Solutions (STS) business area at BAE Systems. Prior to that he served as a capture lead and program manager in several other business area after program experience as a mechanical engineer. His military experience includes service as a Naval Flight Officer in the S-3B Viking and P-3C Orion aircraft. Chris holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration. His professional affiliations include the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Association of Old Crows, and the Tailhook Association.
George Lim, Business Development Manager, BAE Systems Inc. Electronic Systems, Advanced Display Systems
George Lim is the Business Development Manager for the BAE Systems, Electronic Systems, in the Advanced Display Systems (ADS) business area, which is based in Rochester, UK. The ADS products include Heads up displays, Helmet/Man mounted displays and display computers for airborne and ground systems. George has spent the last 20 years in business development in the Displays business area. Prior to that, he spent his early career in Engineering and became Lead Engineer in the display computers and heads up, and heads down displays. George obtained his EE Degree at Robert Gordon University in Scotland, UK in 1997 and now lives in Ann Arbor, MI.
Andrew Davenport Survivability,Targeting & Sensing Solutions, BAE Systems – Electronic Systems
Andrew Davenport, PMP, is a Program Manager for BAE Systems in the Survivability, Targeting and Sensing Solutions business area. In this role, Andrew’s responsibilities include identifying new opportunities for growth internally and externally, identifying strategic partnerships for technology advancement, and executing program strategy.
In his previous role as Product Stream Manager and the Operations Program Manager for BAE Systems, Andrew was responsible for operations strategy; including material planning, developing and executing staffing plans, manufacturing execution, compliance, and continuous improvement activities.
Trish Fleming, Director of Mentoring, North Shore InnoVentures
Trish Fleming is an entrepreneurial leader with over 20 years successful experience in building community and teams, driving organizational change, leadership and program development, organizational management, fundraising, and community and strategic partner relations, in the non-profit and economic development sectors. Her abilities include resourcefulness, team management, balancing strategic and tactical priorities, financial planning and management, operational skills, the ability to connect with multiple individuals, constituencies and missions, and manage change.
Jason Allen, MassVentures
Jason joined MassVentures in 2018 as a Vice President. Before MassVentures, was the Vice President of Media at Ovia Health, a Boston-based women’s digital health company that helps women navigate their fertility, pregnancy and parenting journey with the goal of improving outcomes. Jason has also held positions at Launch Capital, Attivio, & LogMeIn.
Winner of the Boston IMS 2019 Startup Pavilion Competition
7:15 PM – 7:30 PM
Bernie Malouin, JETCOOL Technologies Inc.
Bernie is the Founder & CEO of JETCOOL, bringing new cooling approaches to some of the world’s most advanced electronics in fields of defense, electric vehicles, and AI processors. JETCOOL technology brings 10x better cooling in 10x smaller packages. Prior to JETCOOL, Bernie spent 8 years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he served as Chief Engineer leading the development of a $100M airborne payload program for the US Government. Bernie received a BS in Aeronautical Engineering and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, both from RPI. You may also find him fixing tractors, flying airplanes, or biking rail trails.
Accelerator Success Story
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Alex James, Addapptation
With a background in the food & beverage and energy industries, Alex has experience scaling startups and expanding into new markets. His passion for building relationships and helping to form and build high-growth startups made addapptation and the software space a perfect fit for him as a Senior Relationship Manager. Having joined the company in 2018, as they entered into the MassChallenge Accelerator program, Alex has been instrumental in broadening addapptation’s network and opportunities within the community beyond winning Gold that year.
Sumner Vanderhoof, Addapptation
Sumner has implemented over 100 cloud-related solutions ranging from startups to large enterprise customers. He ran the Operations Team for a financial firm and helped scale the business from $300M in revenue to $750M in 2 years. The financial firm was acquired by a Fortune 500 bank and Sumner was instrumental in their acquisition. His passion for cloud computing, knowledge of SMB as well as Enterprise business models, and technology expertise has been intentionally crafted for the opportunity to create a high-growth startup like addapptation.
Christian Melton, MasChallenge
Christian is the Partnerships Manager for MassChallenge Boston. MassChallenge is a global, zero-equity startup accelerator network committed to strengthening the global innovation ecosystem by accelerating high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world. As of 2019, MassChallenge has accelerated more than 1,900 startups that have raised more than $4.3B+ in funding, generate $2.3B+ in revenue, and have created 121,000 jobs.
Defense Innovation at Startup Speed: The Role of Venture Capital
March 14th, 2019
Reengineering Defense Business Innovation
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Welcome and Introductions – Scott Kirsner, Innovation Leader
Scott Kirsner is currently developing Innovation Leader, a new information service for Chief Innovation Officers, senior execs, and intrapreneurs at large organizations who are responsible for innovation and new ventures. He is also a weekly columnist for the Boston Globe and blogger for Boston.com, at http://boston.com/innovation. Scott is a co-founder and advisor to the Nantucket Conference on Entrepreneurship & Innovation (www.nantucketconference.com), Future Forward: The New England Technology Summit (www.futureforward.com), and the Convergence Forum (www.convergenceforum.com). Editor of “The Convergence Guide to Life Sciences in New England.” Author of “Fans, Friends & Followers,” “Inventing the Movies,” and “The Future of Web Video.” Scott has also contributed to numerous publications, including the New York Times, Wired, Fast Company, CIO Magazine, the San Jose Mercury News, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Salon.com, Variety, Boston Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, and the Industry Standard.
A New “Disruptive” Business Model Innovation – Francesca Scire-Scappuzzo, BAE Systems
Dr. Scire-Scappuzzo is Sr. Dir. of Advanced Technology & Innovation and Tech Scouting Lead at BAE Systems FAST Labs. She was Co-founder and CEO at Ondetech LLC, Cambridge, MA; Vice President of R&D/CTO at Metamagnetics Inc., Canton, MA; Principal Research Scientist at Physical Sciences Inc., Andover, MA; and tenured Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of Catania, Italy. Francesca obtained her BS and MS, in EE at Univ. of Catania, Italy; MS at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA; PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland; and she was Post Graduate Fellow at the European Space Agency ESA/ESTEC in The Netherlands. Dr. Scire-Scappuzzo has published over 30 technical papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds 7 patents. She is serving as Chair of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, Boston Section, and Reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Antenna and Propagation, Plasma Science, and Antenna and Propagation Letters.
Leveraging External Technologies Across the Enterprise – Peter Cunniffe, BAE Systems
Peter Cunniffe is Vice President of Strategy & Planning for BAE Systems, Inc., the US-headquartered business of BAE Systems plc. Peter joined BAE Systems from Booz & Company (formerly part of Booz Allen Hamilton), where he advised leading aerospace and defense companies on strategy and program management. Previously, Peter served in business development, policy, and engineering roles in industry and government. As director of sales and marketing at Hughes Electronics, Peter helped build a satellite services start-up business that was eventually sold to PanAmSat. Prior to Hughes, Peter served as a professional staff member on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, a systems engineer at TRW, and a senior staff member at MITRE. A graduate of Princeton University, Peter received a bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics. Peter also earned dual M.S. degrees from MIT in Technology & Policy and Aeronautics & Astronautics as well as an MBA from the University of Maryland.
Success Stories in Defense Innovation: VC & Startup Panel
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Padraig Moloney, BAE Systems (Moderator)
Dr. Padraig Moloney is Senior Director of Technology Scouting at BAE Systems, focusing on providing innovative technology and collaboration opportunities and strategies to BAE Systems with its academic, government, startup and venture capital partners. Padraig has held leadership and supportive roles in corporate, government (NASA) and startup enterprises in a variety of technology areas including nanotechnology, autonomy and advanced manufacturing. He holds degrees from Rice University and MIT and is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA.
Peter Kuper, Managing Director, Clearsky Security
Ernesto DiGiambattista, Founder & CEO, Cybric
Vivek Dave, Founder & Chief Science Officer, IIoT-OXYS Inc
Vivek obtained his BS with honor in Engineering Science from Caltech and an MS and PhD in Materials Engineering from MIT. For the past three decades, he has been solving hard problems in manufacturing, data science, and generating actionable insights for companies large and small. He has worked at large DoD aerospace contractors, at DOE and DoD research Labs, and within the startup community in NM as well as MA. He is Technology director for a family held German company in the IIOT space, as as well as advising several startups.
Ari Glantz, Director, New England Venture Capital Association
Greg O’Shaughnessy, Corporate Attorney Focused on Private Equity and Middle Market M&A, Nixon Peabody
Spin-Out Hyper Accelerator Session
6:45 PM – 8:00 PM