Venture Café Cambridge
1 Broadway,5th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
June 20, 2019
5:00 – 8:00 PM
Defense Innovation at Startup Speed:
The Role of Startup Accelerator
Join the BAE Systems’ innovation team to learn about its new disruptive business model in the aerospace/defense market and how it leverages fast external technologies across the enterprise. Participate in a conversation with guest startup and venture capital investor partners to hear about their successful collaboration. Discover intellectual property opportunities in the defense space and be the judge for three pitches on technologies with potential for licensing or spin-out collaborations from BAE Systems’ portfolio.
AGENDA AT A GLANCE
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Office Hours
5:00 PM – 6:15 PM Panel of accelerators, incubators and co-working spaces
6:30 PM – 7:15 PM Intro to BAE Systems IP Pitch session
7:15PM – 7:30 PM Winner of the Boston IMS 2019 Startup Pavilion Competition
7:30PM – 8:00 PM Startup Success Stories
- The Role of Venture Capital - March 14th
- The Role of Startup Accelerators - June 20
- The Role of Government - September 12th
- The Role of Universities - November 14th
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
IP and the Innovation Ecosystem – Scott Asmus, BAE Systems Electronic Systems
Scott Asmus is Deputy Chief Counsel Intellectual Property at BAE Systems managing all the IP efforts for the Electronic Systems sector. Prior legal experience includes managing patent counsel at GE Global Research in Niskayauna NY and a former partner at Maine & Asmus in Nashua NH. BSEE with engineering work experience that includes Grumman Aerospace, Raytheon and Analog Devices. JD and Masters of Intellectual Property from Franklin Pierce Law Center (now known as UNH – Law).
BAE Systems’ IP Pitch Sessions – Michael McComas, BAE Systems
Mike’s career in Defense Innovation started as a proposal writer in iRobot’s Government & Industrial division, where he specialized in writing SBIR and DARPA proposals. After moving to BAE Systems in 2015, he helped develop external innovation pipelines to bring SBIR and venture-backed technologies into the product lines. As the Technology Transition component of the Tech Scouting team, he is primarily responsible for finding technologies which meet the needs of BAE Systems’ Business Areas.
BAE Systems’ IP Pitch Sessions – Matthew Linder, Sr. Principal Engineer, BAE Systems Electronic Combat Solutions (ECS) business area
BAE Systems’ IP Pitch Sessions – Dr. Mackenzie Van Camp,Principal Scientist, BAE Systems FAST Labs
Dr. Mackenzie Van Camp is a Principal Scientist at BAE Systems, focusing on photonics for defense applications. Her prior research experience includes quantum nonlinear optics, integrated photonic device fabrication, and atomic physics. She holds degrees from Boston University, MIT, and Lawrence University.
BAE Systems’ IP Pitch Sessions – John Kelly, Director of Empower Innovation program, BAE Systems Electronic Systems
BAE Systems’ IP Pitch Sessions – Gene Keselman,Executive Director, MIT Innovation Initiative (and Air Force Reserves)
Gene R. Keselman is the Executive Director of the MIT Innovation Initiative. In this role he works to develop overall strategy and to pilot new programs to meet the Initiative’s goal of enhancing innovation and entrepreneurship across MIT and around the world. Gene has held leadership positions in a range of fields and was the co-Founder of Esports One, a esports analytics and data startup originating at MIT and using advanced machine vision technologies. He’s also a Lt. Colonel Keselman in the Air Force Reserves working at the Pentagon.
BAE Systems’ IP Pitch Sessions -Jens Festervoll, Corporate Liaison, Techstars Energy Accelerator, Equinor
Jens is Equinor’s Corporate Liaison to Techstars Energy Accelerator in Partnership with Equinor. His background is in energy and business strategy for energy companies. Jens holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Essex.
BAE Systems’ IP Pitch Sessions – Warren Katz, Managing Director, Air Force Accelerator Powered by Techstars
BAE Systems’ IP Pitch Sessions – Audun Abelsnes, Managing Director, Techstars Energy
Ardun is the Managing Director of Techstars Energy in partnership with Equinor, Kongsberg and McKinsey. For several years, Audun has been part-responsible for the master-level course “New Venture Creation” (5th year) at BI Norwegian Business School. He also founded and sold one company and has been instrumental in funding and scaling up a medical diagnostic company. Audun has spent several years in PWC management consulting and holds a Master of Science in International Marketing from BI Norwegian Business School and City University in London.
BAE Systems’ IP Pitch Sessions – Antony Coufal, IIoT-Oxys Corporation
BAE Systems’ IP Pitch Sessions – Alex Harstrick, Defense Innovation Unit
Alexander is a member of the Defense Innovation Unit’s Commercial Engagement Team and Human Systems portfolio. In this role he is responsible for interfacing with investment, academic and commercial start up organizations to bring the best civilian technology to the war fighter. He covers a broad range of focus areas from enterprise IT to corporeal and human performance technologies. He holds a BA from Columbia University in the City of New York and is currently pursuing his MBA at Harvard Business School.
Dr. MacKenzie Van Camp
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.