Venture Café Cambridge
1 Broadway,5th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
March 14, 2019
5:00 – 8:30 PM
Defense Innovation at Startup Speed:
The Role of Venture Capital
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 – 5:10 PM Welcome and Introductions
5:10 PM – 5:30 PM Presentation: A New “Disruptive” Business Model Innovation
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Presentation: Leveraging External Technologies Across the Enterprise
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Panel: Success Stories in Defense Innovation: Venture Capitalist & Startup Panel
6:45 PM – 7:15 PM Presentation: IP and the Innovation Ecosystem
7:15 PM – 8:00 PM Pitch Event
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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