June 16, 2016
1:00 – 7:30pm

Columbus Center
Inner Harbor, Baltimore
701 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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MAVA shines the spotlight on the hottest up-and-coming early stage technology companies in the Mid-Atlantic again in 2016. A diverse and experienced cross-section of Early Stage Investors, VCs, and experienced CEOs will provide valuable feedback in response to the TechBUZZ presentations. Whether on stage or in the audience, the insight of our investor panels is always informative and thought-provoking.

TechBUZZ is the area’s premier event where early-stage entrepreneurs and active investors come together to see the best and brightest, to connect with one another, and to celebrate the strength of the startup scene in our region. The program will be fast-paced & interactive and the networking top rate. Whether on the stage or in the audience, innovative Company Builders and active Investors won’t want to miss this action-packed afternoon.

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MAVA Welcomes Our Keynote Speaker

Opening Keynote
Randy Brouckman
CEO, EdgeConneX

RANDY BROUCKMAN has over 25 years experience in telecommunications and software. Prior to working at EdgeConneX, Randy served as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Telecommunications Development Fund (TDF) as well as CEO of Wade Capital Group, a company sponsored by a large private equity firm focused on consolidation and growth in the telecommunications marketplace. Randy has served as CTO, COO and CEO at several successful public and private enterprises, including BSG Clearing Solutions, Telispark, Wireless World Solutions and Iridium, where he led a successful reorganization of the company. Randy also worked with Nextel to start its Nextel Ventures division. Randy started his career with Bellcore, progressing through a number of management roles culminating in his position as Executive Director of Network Operations Systems.

Randy has an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Award Winner.

Introducing Our Closing Panel

James Curran
Chief Executive Officer, STAQ

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JAMES CURRAN has 15 years of digital media experience spanning from all ends of the landscape, holding positions in product, inventory, business development and sales from SaaS to Agency business. He led various products at Advertising.com during its explosive growth stage and acquisition by AOL in 2004 for $485 million. After Advertising.com, James spent four years at Lotame Solutions, leading the product development and the start of its SaaS based, Data Management Platform, currently their flagship business.

Always having the entrepreneurial bug, James has built successful media and software businesses throughout his career. With passion for technology set on overdrive, James never tires of the wild west nature of the technology industry.

Anne Balduzzi
Chief Executive Officer, SameGrain

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As an early pioneer of the Internet, ANNE BALDUZZI has over 25 years of online expertise. Her background includes marketing and product development roles at Apple, AOL (when it was a small start-up), and Viewtron, the first consumer online service in North America. After working in Silicon Valley and launching Apple’s first online service, she returned to the East Coast and founded Accelerate Partners, where she mentored and advised a wide range of early stage and established technology companies and spoke on technology trends. Anne is currently the Founder of SameGrain, an award winning “privacy first” social discovery start-up located in Baltimore’s ETC (Emerging Technology Centers) incubator.

James Foster
Chief Executive Officer, ZeroFox

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JAMES C. FOSTER is the Founder and CEO of ZeroFOX. Foster is an industry veteran and a world-renowned thought leader on cyber security. He’s published over a dozen books, holds patents, has spoken on Capitol Hill about the increase in international cyber threats, and is a recognized keynote speaker. In 2006, Foster founded the cyber security firm, Ciphent. Ciphent grew to almost 100 employees with 1000 customers by 2010 when it was acquired by Accuvant. With a three year growth rate of 8900+%, Ciphent was recognized as the #16th Fastest Growing Private Company in the US and #1 in Maryland by Inc. Magazine. As Chairman of the Advisory Board and SVP while at Accuvant, Foster led the successful acquisition of V3rity while the company achieved 50% year-over-year growth in 2011 with revenues in excess of $325M. Additionally, Foster has had the privilege of working with several other high growth cyber security organizations such as Booz Allen and Hamilton and Computer Sciences Corporation, and executing on exit strategies for Foundstone (acquired by McAfee for $86M), Guardent (acquired by Verisign $135M), and Information Security Magazine (acquired by Tech Target Media for an unpublicized amount). Foster started his career as a civilian in the United States Navy in Annapolis, Maryland. In 2005, Foster became a Fellow from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and received his Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering from Capitol College.

Investor Panelists

ARJUN AGGARWAL 
Associate
NEA

Arjun joined NEA in 2015 as an Associate and is focused on investments in the technology sector. Prior to joining NEA, Arjun was a member of the Technology Investment Banking team at Morgan Stanley in Menlo Park. While at Morgan Stanley, Arjun worked on a variety of transactions across the software, semiconductor, consumer internet, and hardware sectors with companies such as Fitbit, Airbnb, Plantronics, Wilocity, Altera, and Broadcom, among others. Arjun graduated Tau Beta Pi from Stanford University, where he earned a B.S. in Management Science & Engineering and a Minor in Computer Science in addition to serving as a President of his senior class.

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CASEY BERMAN 
Founder & Managing Director
Camber Creek

Casey Berman is the Founder and Managing Director of Camber Creek and President of Operations at Berman Enterprises.  Casey is responsible for the general management and investment decisions for Camber Creek.  He serves on the Boards of Optii Solutions, SalesWarp and the Advisory Board of ClearEdge 3D and Latch.  Over the last 7 years Casey has focused on real estate related technology, leading investments in Vedero (acquired by Murata) and Latista (acquired by Textura).  As President of Operations at Berman Enterprises, Casey is responsible for the ongoing management of the company’s real estate portfolio and team.  Casey graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Economics.

Camber Creek is the corporate venture arm of Berman Enterprises, a real estate development firm that owns and manages over 9 million square feet of office, retail, and multifamily properties. Camber Creek leverages 60 years of real estate experience and entrepreneurial spirit to help passionate people with great ideas develop valuable products and solutions. In addition to financial investment, they utilize their expertise, access to industry partners, and collaborative spirit to contribute to the success of our companies.

Gil Beyda

GIL BEYDA
Founder & Managing Partner
Genacast Ventures

Gil Beyda is the Founder & Managing Partner of Genacast Ventures, a seed fund formed in partnership with Comcast Ventures to invest in technology start-ups. Gil has invested in Invite Media (acquired by Google), Demdex (acquired by Adobe), DoubleVerify, Packlate, Divide (acquired by Google), Mortar Data (acquired by DataDog), LeadiD, YieldMo, Rocketrip, ZeroFox, RevMetrix, Overlap and STAQ. Gil is a seasoned entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. Gil l aunched his first company Mind Games in 1982 to develop games for the original Apple II. Gil then started a software consulting firm with Fortune 100 clients in the U.S., Asia and Europe. In 1995, Gil helped pioneer In ternet advertising by founding Real Media, the first online ad network and ad server company. After Real Media was acquired in 2001, Gil pioneered the next wave of online advertising as CTO of TACODA, the first behavioral targeting, ad network. Following AOL ’s acquisition of TACODA in 2007, Gil founded Genacast Ventures.

OLLEN DOUGLASS 
Chief Financial Officer 
The Motley Fool

Ollen Douglass is the Chief Financial Officer for The Motley Fool. Ollen joined The Fool in 2001 as the Director of Budgeting & Financial Planning, was promoted to CFO in 2004. During his tenure, Ollen has played a key role in shaping the strategic direction of the company and implementing the structure and processes necessary to successfully grow the company. He has been involved in over $100 million of financing transactions, from senior debt to mezzanine to venture capital, supporting minority investments, joint ventures and management buyouts. Ollen has also advised several startups and leads a corporate venture group inside The Motley Fool.Prior to joining The Fool, Ollen worked for several banks, and began his professional career as an auditor with KPMG Peat Marwick in Baltimore, MD.

He received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Baltimore.

Mark Levine

MARK LEVINE
Managing Director
Core Capital Partners

Mark Levine joined Core Capital in 2000 from GCI Venture Partners, an early stage technology venture capital fund that he founded and that was an early investor in webMethods, one of the most successful software IPOs in NASDAQ history.

Prior to Core, Mark served as an officer, responsible for corporate development and strategy, of GEO-CENTERS, a technology firm with more than $200 million in revenue when it was acquired by SAIC. Previously, Mark was Subcommittee Staff Director for the Small Business Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mark serves on the Board of Trustees of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA), the Board of Advisors of both The George Washington University School of Business and the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland, and the Advisory Board of Marshfield Associates.

Mark received his M.B.A. from The George Washington University.

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JIM PASTORIZA
Managing Partner
TDF Ventures

Jim joined TDF early in 2004 and is the Managing Partner at the Fund. He has more than two decades in the Communications and Technology sector initially in operating positions and the last 17 in venture capital. Before joining TDF Ventures, Jim was a Partner at J.P. Morgan Communications Partners at their Telecom, Media and Technology Fund in San Francisco, CA. Before JPMorgan, he was a Partner at AT&T Ventures. Jim has led investments in over 15 exits via acquisition or public offerings. Prior to venture capital, Jim held operational positions at AT&T and Lucent Technologies. At AT&T, Jim was the Product Manager for AT&T’s largest P&L, Consumer Long Distance Service.

He also served as the Executive Assistant to AT&T’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development. Previously, Jim was a Lucent Technologies Account Executive ranking in the top 1% of national sales. He received a BSEE from Columbia University and is a member of their Engineering Advisory Board.

Jim earned a Master of Science in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Community Sponsors

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Partners

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1776 is a global incubator and seed fund helping startups transform industries that impact millions of lives every day—education, energy & sustainability, health, transportation and cities. 1776 is building a global community to provide the intellectual, social and financial capital these startups need to succeed.

betamore

Betamore is an award-winning campus for technology and entrepreneurship with a two-fold mission. First, we aim to stimulate the establishment and growth of technology-based startup companies through business collaboration and incubation. Second, and arguably most important, we offer a career-focused education led by current industry experts to a growing public community of learners.

bethesda green

Bethesda Green brings business, government and community together through programs and services to promote a sustainable society and has a business incubator that is developing the next generation of energy and environmental products and services.

fishbowl labs

Fishbowl Labs is a vibrant community of startups working out of the AOL campus in Dulles, Virginia. Our community provides free office space and support for talented entrepreneurs to help overcome the challenges inherent in starting a company. We also collaborate with some amazing folks across AOL.

hotDesks is the Eastern Shore’s connection to the Maryland startup and entrepreneur ecosystem. An initiative of the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center serving the eight counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, hotDesks offers a network of coworking spaces, entrepreneur and innovation training, and access to capital for high-growth, scalable startup and growth businesses.

liftoff health

LiftOff Health is the first Virtual Health Business Incubator in the Washington D.C. area. We leverage our unique local resources and provide health focused education, mentorship, resources, documents, and services to help entrepreneurs and business around the world to succeed.

Loudoun County Department of Economic Development is here to help build your business. Dedicated to recruiting new business, growing our existing industries and improving our county’s business climate, we’re ready and waiting to provide a wide range of services for your company, whether you’re a start-up or well-established player.

mach 37

Mach37 is America’s premier market-centric cybersecurity accelerator designed to facilitate the creation of the next generation of cybersecurity product companies. MACH37™’s unique program design places heavy emphasis on the validation of product ideas and the development of relationships that produce an initial customer base and investment capital.

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Maryland Business Incubation Association was founded in 2002 to advance business incubation in Maryland. Representing 22 incubators, MBIA supports nearly 550 companies across the state in both urban and rural areas.

new dominion angels

New Dominion Angels is an investor group formed to capitalize early-stage companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. We are not a managed fund. We are a group of like-minded members who make individual decisions whether to invest in companies that present to the group.

potential energy

Potential Energy DC is building a unique ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors and policy experts in the Washington, DC metro area to solve energy challenges.

refraction

Refraction is a 23,000 square foot non-profit coworking space run by Canvas for technology startups, non-profit organizations, and artists located in Reston, VA.

Startup Grind DC is an event series and websites designed to help educate, inspire, and connect local entrepreneurs. Each month we welcome an amazing speaker who shares their story with our community and tells us what worked, what didn’t, and what they’ll do differently next time. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from the best, network with other members of the startup community, and improve your chances of entrepreneurial success.

techbreakfast

TechBreakfast is a monthly breakfast in Baltimore, Columbia, DC, and Northern Virginia where entrepreneurs, techies, developers, designers, business people, and interested people see showcases on cool new technology in a demo format and interact with each other.

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TiE DC has a mission to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.

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Learn More TechBUZZ

MAVA shines the spotlight on the hottest up-and-coming early stage technology companies in the Mid-Atlantic again in 2016. A diverse and experienced cross-section of Early Stage Investors, VCs, and experienced CEOs will provide valuable feedback in response to the TechBUZZ presentations. Whether on stage or in the audience, the insight of our investor panels is always informative and thought-provoking.

TechBUZZ is the area’s premier event where early-stage entrepreneurs and active investors come together to see the best and brightest, to connect with one another, and to celebrate the strength of the startup scene in our region. The program will be fast-paced & interactive and the networking top rate. Whether on the stage or in the audience, innovative Company Builders and active Investors won’t want to miss this action-packed afternoon.

Learn More TechBUZZ

Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote
Sid Banerjee
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Clarabridge

SID BANERJEE is a well-known expert in customer experience, business intelligence, and text analytics. A Clarabridge co-founder, he provides Clarabridge with vision and direction for achieving customer success while also managing executive relationships with key current and prospective customers.

A highly-regarded figure in the Washington, DC technology scene, Sid has been recognized as a Washington Business Journal Most Admired CEO, a Greater Washington Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and a CIT Gap 50 Entrepreneur Award winner.

Prior to Clarabridge, he co-founded Claraview, a leading BI strategy and technology consultancy firm. Under Sid’s leadership, Claraview grew into a thriving services firm with over 130 employees without any outside funding. Claraview was acquired by Teradata, a leading data warehousing and business intelligence company, in March 2008.

Over his career, Sid has amassed over 25 years of leadership experience. A founding employee at MicroStrategy, he held Vice President-level positions in both product marketing and worldwide services. During his tenure leading MicroStrategy’s worldwide services division, he grew the organization to a 500+ person organization supporting enterprise deployments of BI solutions. Before joining MicroStrategy, Sid held management positions at Ernst & Young and Sprint International. Sid has a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Follow Sid on Twitter: @sidbanerjee

Closing Keynote
Susan Tynan
Founder and CEO, Framebridge

SUSAN TYNAN is the founder and CEO of Framebridge, a DC-based start-up revolutionizing custom picture framing. Using the Framebridge website or app, customers can easily select a frame style, mail or upload art and photos, and receive the finished products, beautifully framed, directly to their door, at less than half retail prices. Framebridge has raised $11M in funding from Revolution Ventures, NEA, and Tim O’Shaughnessy.

Prior to Framebridge, Susan held senior product, ops, and business development roles in several consumer technology start-ups. At LivingSocial, Susan launched and managed three business lines, including the home services business (which featured many framing deals). Other start-up experience includes Taxi Magic, Revolution Health, and Promontory Interfinancial. Susan worked for the White House as a management advisor on technology and customer service issues. She began her career at Accenture. Susan earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA with Distinction from the University of Virginia.

Follow Susan on Twitter: @susanrtynan

Investor Panelists

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JOHN CZUPAK
CEO
ThreatQuotient

John Czupak serves as President and CEO of ThreatQuotient, where he drives the company’s global expansion and manages financial growth. Mr. Czupak has played a critical role in multiple companies that resulted in successful liquidity events. Prior to ThreatQuotient, he served as General Manager for Cisco Systems’ Advanced Malware Protection (“FireAMP”) product line following its $2.7 billion acquisition of Sourcefire, Inc.

Mr. Czupak served in a number of additional roles during his 12-year career at Sourcefire, including Senior Vice President, Corporate and Business Development, General Manager FireAMP and Senior Vice President, International & Business Development. Before Sourcefire, Mr. Czupak was the SVP of Worldwide Sales for Mountain Wave, Inc., which was acquired by Symantec Corporation in July of 2002. Prior to Mountain Wave, Mr. Czupak was the Vice President of Worldwide Channels for Riverbed Technologies, a leader in mobile and wireless computing.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Czupak was an original member of the management team and Vice President of Asia Pacific and Latin America for AXENT Technologies. Mr. Czupak serves as an Advisor and Board member to a number of technology companies, including Sonatype, PFP CyberSecurity and Cybrary.

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JUSTIN LABEL
Principal Investor
Inner Loop Capital

Justin Label is Inner Loop’s principal investor.  Justin has fifteen years’ experience working with private companies as a venture capital investor and advisor.  He spent ten years at Bessemer Venture Partners in Silicon Valley, where he was involved with most of BVP’s Cyber Security investments between 2001 and 2011.  From 2011 to 2014 Justin was an independent advisor to private companies in Cloud and Enterprise Software, primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area.

At Bessemer, Justin served on the board of Tripwire, Inc., a $100m-revenue Cyber Security company originally based on the successful Tripwire open source code.  He sourced Bessemer’s investments in Postini, the leading service-based email security company (acquired by Google); Cyota, the innovative financial security and anti-phishing service (acquired by RSA/EMC); and Elemental Security, the unsuccessful but brilliant and ambitious vision of Cyber Security guru Dan Farmer (COPS, SATAN).  Justin also served as a board observer or diligence lead for Cyber Security companies Finjan, Counterpane, Qualys, Sarvega, Nominum, LifeLock and Site Advisor.

Justin moved to Baltimore in 2014.  The D.C. – Baltimore Cyber Corridor contains a terrific ecosystem of Cyber Security companies and has a great track record of building large companies (SourceFire, SafeNet, Mandiant, Tenable, etc.)  Justin founded Inner Loop in 2015 to make personal investments in and work directly with the next generation of Cyber Security companies in the Cyber Corridor.

Justin currently serves on the board of Redbooth, a Bay Area Cloud-based enterprise collaboration and communications company.  He lives in Baltimore, MD (at the northern end of the Cyber Corridor) with his wife and three children.

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EVAN MACQUEEN
Vice President
Core Capital Partners

Evan MacQueen joined Core Capital Partners in 2011 and focuses on investments in the analytics, cloud, cybersecurity, and technology infrastructure spaces. Previously, Evan was an Associate at BIA Digital Partners, a mezzanine investment firm providing growth and buyout investment capital to the media, telecommunications, and technology-enabled business services sectors. Evan is an active member of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association and a frequent speaker and panelist on venture capital and entrepreneurship. He also heads VC in DC, a networking group for DC-area venture capital and growth equity investors. Evan holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Washington and Lee University.

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JENNIFER O’DANIEL
Investment Director
CIT Gap Funds

Jennifer O’Daniel joined CIT GAP Funds in 2003, and is responsible for sourcing, diligencing and closing of seed and early stage investments. As part of the investment team, O’Daniel has been part of transactions in over 100 seed and early-stage companies via CIT GAP Funds which has been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine’s Annual VC100 list since 2006. O’Daniel is also the founder and managing director of VT Investor Network (VTIN) which is 75+ member angel group that invests in Hokie-led companies. She currently sits on the board of directors for the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council and VT’s APEX Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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JONATHAN PERL
General Partner
Boulder Ventures

Jonathan Perl joined Boulder Ventures in 2002 and has over 18 years of venture capital experience focused exclusively on early-stage information technology companies. Mr. Perl currently sits on the boards of Zenoss, Intellinote, SurfwatchLabs, Terrago Technologies, eMinor, and FlyByMedia. In addition, he is a board observer at Clarabridge and MediaMath.

Mr. Perl also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association.

Representative recent past investments include iLumin Software Services, Inc (sold to Computer Associates), ERA Corporation (sold to SRA International), Metron Aviation, Inc. (sold to Airbus), and RedCloud Security, Inc. (sold to Avigilon).

Prior to Boulder Ventures, Mr. Perl joined Intersouth Partners in 1997 as a member of the third class of Kaufman Fellows and in 1999 became a Partner. He was responsible for the sourcing, due diligence, structuring and negotiation of more than a dozen early stage investments, including several highly successful companies. He led Intersouth’s investments in InvoiceLink Corporation (sold to BCE Emergis) and Extensibility, Inc. (sold to TIBCO Software).

Mr. Perl is a part board member of the North Carolina Council for Entrepreneurial Development and served on the executive committee of the Board of Trustees and was Treasurer of National Child Research Center, a preschool in Washington, DC, from 2008-2012.

Mr. Perl holds an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College (1997) and a BA (magna cum laude) in classical history from Tufts University (1988).

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THOMAS WOTEKI, PhD
Senior Vice President
MAXIMUS

Tom Woteki serves as a Sr. Vice President of MAXIMUS, a publicly traded corporation operating internationally providing business process outsourcing and comprehensive IT services and solutions to government at all levels. Reporting to the president, Tom provides strategic leadership entities in the area of predictive analytics and the development of advanced solutions in support of customers’ mission critical needs. He also plays a leadership role in identifying new and emerging technologies and developing partnerships and alliances with selected companies and organizations.

Background & Education

Tom has over 30 years’ experience in large-scale systems engineering and integration and software development in both the public and private sectors. Tom joined MAXIMUS upon its acquisition of Acentia, a systems integrator focused on the Federal government, for whom he was CTO. Prior to Acentia he gained experience with commercial product development from his time at Cisco, where he started Cisco’s Healthcare Solutions business and led a global consulting practice. Before Cisco he was CIO and Sr. Vice President at the American Red Cross where he gained experience with medical device product development and associated regulatory issues. Prior to that Tom was a senior executive at Northrop Grumman leading development of the Defense Travel System; led development of clinical data systems for Merck Research Labs; was the chief architect who led the development of the SEC’s EDGAR system while at BDM International; launched his own company; and worked in the Department of Energy developing national statistical surveys. Early in his career Tom held faculty appointments at Princeton University and the University of Texas at San Antonio in statistics and mathematics. Tom earned a PhD in statistics from Va. Tech in 1972 as well as a BS and MS in mathematics from Tech.

Tom is an active participant in the professional community including the Northern Virginian Technology Council, the Professional Services Council and ACT-IAC, among others.

Tom is an accomplished gourmet cook, an avid wine collector, enjoys hiking in our National Parks and plays the 5-string banjo and guitar. Tom and his wife Cathie are long-time residents of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Congratulations to the Presenting Startups

Read the Press Release: 16 Startups to Take the Stage


Thank You To Our TechBUZZ Partners

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1776 is a global incubator and seed fund helping startups transform industries that impact millions of lives every day—education, energy & sustainability, health, transportation and cities. 1776 is building a global community to provide the intellectual, social and financial capital these startups need to succeed.

Baltimore Angels is an angel investor group based in Baltimore, MD. Founded in 2009, its mission is to invest profitably in the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem and advance early stage innovators to the next stage of capital formation. Its vision is to be the most trusted resource for angel capital investment and entrepreneurial mentorship in the Greater Baltimore region.

betamore

Betamore is an award-winning campus for technology and entrepreneurship with a two-fold mission. First, we aim to stimulate the establishment and growth of technology-based startup companies through business collaboration and incubation. Second, and arguably most important, we offer a career-focused education led by current industry experts to a growing public community of learners.

bethesda green

Bethesda Green brings business, government and community together through programs and services to promote a sustainable society and has a business incubator that is developing the next generation of energy and environmental products and services.

etc

ETC is a community of entrepreneurs and startups growing together in the City of Baltimore. The ETC offers three unique programs: ETC’s Incubation Program– offering business support services to tech startups, AccelerateBaltimore– a startup accelerator launching soon, & Beehive Baltimore– Baltimore’s coworking community.

fairfax county

Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. The award-winning FCEDA offers site location and business development assistance, and connections with county and state government agencies, to help companies locate and expand in Fairfax County. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains marketing offices in six important global business centers: Bangalore, Munich, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv.

fishbowl labs

Fishbowl Labs is a vibrant community of startups working out of the AOL campus in Dulles, Virginia. Our community provides free office space and support for talented entrepreneurs to help overcome the challenges inherent in starting a company. We also collaborate with some amazing folks across AOL.

hotDesks is the Eastern Shore’s connection to the Maryland startup and entrepreneur ecosystem. An initiative of the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center serving the eight counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, hotDesks offers a network of coworking spaces, entrepreneur and innovation training, and access to capital for high-growth, scalable startup and growth businesses.

liftoff health

LiftOff Health is the first Virtual Health Business Incubator in the Washington D.C. area. We leverage our unique local resources and provide health focused education, mentorship, resources, documents, and services to help entrepreneurs and business around the world to succeed.

At the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, we’re here to help build your business. Dedicated to recruiting new business, growing our existing industries and improving our county’s business climate, we’re ready and waiting to provide a wide range of services for your company, whether you’re a start-up or well-established player.

mach 37

Mach37 is America’s premier market-centric cybersecurity accelerator designed to facilitate the creation of the next generation of cybersecurity product companies. MACH37™’s unique program design places heavy emphasis on the validation of product ideas and the development of relationships that produce an initial customer base and investment capital.

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Maryland Business Incubation Association was founded in 2002 to advance business incubation in Maryland. Representing 22 incubators, MBIA supports nearly 550 companies across the state in both urban and rural areas.

new dominion angels

New Dominion Angels is an investor group formed to capitalize early-stage companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. We are not a managed fund. We are a group of like-minded members who make individual decisions whether to invest in companies that present to the group.

nextgen angels

NextGen Angels is an investing club of more than 60 Washington, DC-area angels who are 40 or younger. Members all agree to actively support portfolio companies, defined as startups with ten or more members investing, whether or not that member personally invested in the company.

potential energy

Potential Energy DC is building a unique ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors and policy experts in the Washington, DC metro area to solve energy challenges.

refraction

Refraction is a 11,000 square foot non-profit coworking space run by Canvas for technology startups, non-profit organizations, and artists located in Reston, VA.

Startup Grind DC eis an event series and websites designed to help educate, inspire, and connect local entrepreneurs. Each month we welcome an amazing speaker who shares their story with our community and tells us what worked, what didn’t, and what they’ll do differently next time. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from the best, network with other members of the startup community, and improve your chances of entrepreneurial success.

techbreakfast

TechBreakfast is a monthly breakfast in Baltimore, Columbia, DC, and Northern Virginia where entrepreneurs, techies, developers, designers, business people, and interested people see showcases on cool new technology in a demo format and interact with each other.

dc

TiE DC has a mission to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.

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Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote
Linda Abraham
Co-Founder, comScore

Closing Keynote
John Carney
CEO, Carney Labs and MARi

Linda Abraham is a founding member of comScore’s executive team who helped guide the company’s growth since its inception in 1999 to its current position as a global leader in digital measurement and analytics. comScore went public in 2007 (NASDAQ:SCOR) and today has a global footprint of 32 offices across 23 countries, Now an advisor to comScore, Ms. Abraham is an angel investor, and a board member/advisor to a number of startups and private companies.  She is on the advisory boards for both the Data Science Institute as well as the Center for Business Analytics at the University of Virginia and is an active member of the World Economic Forum, including being a member of their Technology Pioneer Selection Committee. She is a frequent industry speaker, appearing in media outlets such as CNBC, The CBS Evening News and NPR. @linda_abraham

John Carney started climbing mountains 12 years ago on Mt. Rainier in Washington State.  From there he began a journey called the Adventure Grand Slam – climbing the highest mountain on each continent and skiing or sledding to the North and South Pole.  He has now been to the top of 6 of the 7 summits and to one of the Poles.  Learn more about John’s adventures on his blog Anything is Possible.

Just as the mountains recharge John, his business pursuits fuel his passion.  He and his wife co-founded Carney Inc in 1994 with a fundamental belief in the power of emerging technologies to accelerate training, knowledge transfer, and human performance improvement. In 2011, John folded 12 years of R&D into to a product venture that aims to revolutionize career management through its MARi platform. This platform utilizes big data analytics, machine learning, and advanced algorithms to track and support the knowledge, skills, and abilities of an individual over their entire life.

Prior to launching Carney Inc, John was the Director of Information Technology for the Independent Insurance Agents of America, and proudly served for five years in the Army National Guard as an enlisted helicopter mechanic and infantry officer.  @JohnSCarney

Presenting Startups

Investor Panelists

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ED BARRIENTOS
Angel Investor, CEO of Brazen

Ed Barrientos is a well-known serial entrepreneur and angel investor in the Washington DC region. He is currently the CEO of Brazen, a high-growth, VC-backed startup in the enterprise software space. He sits on the Board of Advisors of the George Washington University School of Business and is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland. Ed is a national faculty member at the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps and sits on numerous Boards including the Board of Directors of Founder Corps, where he is also a charter member.

From 1996 to 2005, he was President and CEO of Arc Second Inc., a high growth market leader in the field of laser based, high-precision GPS. Ed led Arc Second to a successful exit (acquired by Metris NV of Belgium) at the end of 2005. He sat on the Board of Directors of Metris NV, and worked as an active Board member through the Company’s IPO (2006) and its acquisition by Nikon (Japan) in 2009.

 From 1993 to 1996, Ed served as Managing Director of Max Schlatterer GmbH & Co KG, a leading German manufacturer of products for the food, drug and machine tool industry with headquarters outside of Munich, Germany. From 1991 to 1993, he was an international marketing consultant for Management Partner GmbH, a boutique management consulting firm based in Stuttgart, Germany. He started his professional career with IBM in 1986, serving in a number of technical and marketing related positions. Ed holds a B.S. in Management from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MBA from the George Washington University.

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GIL BEYDA
Founder and Managing Partner
Genacast Ventures

Gil Beyda is the Founder & Managing Partner of Genacast Ventures, a seed fund formed in partnership with Comcast Ventures to invest in technology start-ups. Gil has invested in Invite Media (acquired by Google), Demdex (acquired by Adobe), DoubleVerify, Packlate, Divide (acquired by Google), Mortar Data (acquired by DataDog), LeadiD, YieldMo, Rocketrip, ZeroFox, RevMetrix, Overlap and STAQ.

Gil is a seasoned entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. Gil launched his first company Mind Games in 1982 to develop games for the original Apple II. Gil then started a software consulting firm with Fortune 100 clients in the U.S., Asia and Europe. In 1995, Gil helped pioneer Internet advertising by founding Real Media, the first online ad network and ad server company. After Real Media was acquired in 2001, Gil pioneered the next wave of online advertising as CTO of TACODA, the first behavioral targeting, ad network. Following AOL’s acquisition of TACODA in 2007, Gil founded Genacast Ventures.

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Nate Lentz

NATE LENTZ
Managing Partner
Osage Venture Partners

Nate joined Osage Venture Partners in 2008 and as Managing Partner oversees investment and portfolio management activities. He serves on the Board of Directors of BA-InsightCanvas, InstaMed, FieldView, PeopleLinx, Pneuron, RackWare, and Sidecar. He is also a board observer of ExecOnline, Identropy, ResiModel and SevOne, and formerly was on the board of Carnegie Speech and Medallion Analytics.  He is a member of the Technology Investment Advisory Board for Ben Franklin Southeast Pennsylvania.  Nate is a frequent speaker and panelist at venture events and is actively involved with numerous venture focused organizations including PACT, NJTC, MAVA, GCV, and Early Stage East.

Prior to joining Osage, Nate was President and CEO of Verticalnet, Inc., a publicly traded SaaS solutions provider, which was sold in January, 2008 to Italy-based BravoSolution. He served as the Malvern, PA- based Verticalnet’s CEO for over five years and was attributed with leading the transformation of Verticalnet from an online operator of web portals to a proven software solution provider, while navigating the company through a financial turnaround. Prior to Verticalnet, Nate was a Partner at Mercer Management Consulting and led both the San Francisco and the Hong Kong offices. During his time at Mercer, he worked closely with multinational companies and high growth emerging businesses both in the U.S. and in over fifteen countries across Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Nate began his career at Chemical Bank in New York providing lending and structured finance services to mid-size companies. He is a graduate of Brown University and of the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he graduated with honors.

Nate resides in Philadelphia, PA, with his wife Suzanne and his two sons and daughter.

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JAKE TARR
Managing Director
Kinetic Ventures

Jake joined Kinetic Ventures in 1987. His investment activities focus on transaction-based and SaaS solutions, emerging mobile concepts, and power/clean technologies. He is a director of APX Holdings, LeaseTerm Solutions, AnyPresence, and 9Lenses. Earlier investments include SmartSynch (acquired by Itron; NASDAQ: ITRI), Clear Standards (acquired by SAP AG; NYSE: SAP), Peace Software (acquired by First Data Corp.), Innova (NASDAQ IPO, acquired by DMC), Xenergy (acquired by Energy East), and Liberty Technologies (NASDAQ IPO). Earlier in his career, Jake worked as a currency trader with the Bank of New York. He received his BA degree from Roanoke College and his MBA from Harvard Business School. 

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JIM HUNT
Founding Member
Blue Venture Investors

James (Jim) Hunt is a seasoned technology and investment professional with a principle focus on companies with technologies that can have a positive impact on operational efficiencies, particularly in the public sector markets. Hunt began his career in Washington in the mid 70’s as a U.S. Government scientist. After eight years with the government, Hunt founded “BDS, Incorporated” where he served as CEO for ten years. In 1991, BDS was merged with BTG, Incorporated and Hunt assisted in the integration of the two companies. In 1992, BTG was taken public in a successful offering.

Subsequent to his tenure at BDS/BTG, Hunt went to Price Waterhouse where he created the firm’s system integration practice. After two years as PW, Hunt was recruited away with 17 PW colleagues and founded “Ernst & Young Technologies” (EYT), where he was CEO for eight years. EYT was subsequently sold to Cap Gemini and Hunt served as President of Cap Gemini Technologies for two years.

After leaving Cap Gemini Technologies, with two colleagues, Hunt founded “The MITA Group” – a Washington-based consultancy focused on public affairs and business strategy. MITA Group executives subsequently merged with other executives from a similar consultancy and formed “nextFEDERAL, Incorporated” where Hunt serves as Managing Partner.

Mr. Hunt began his angel investing activities in the mid 1990’s with five investments in area companies. After several successful exits, Hunt expanded his portfolio in early 2000’s to include roughly thirty five companies. Hunt’s investments are in the area of cyber, data center management, social media, mobile applications, sensors and sensor management.

Jim serves on the boards of Sensics, Interfolio, Information Security Corporation, videoNEXT, NextFED, Avizia, DeepMile Networks, and SpotterRF. As an active member in four angel groups and a consultant to two venture funds, Hunt spends a significant amount of his time scouting for world-class, game changing technology companies. Hunt is also an Adjunct Professor at the McDonough School at Georgetown and teaches cornerstone courses in business planning and entrepreneurship. As a board member of the not-for-profit Angel Resource Institute, Hunt has also created and taught courses to international angels and entrepreneurs and has successfully launched four overseas ventures in the past ten years, with particular emphasis on technology incubation in developing countries. Hunt is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Rochester Institute of Technology and sits on the Notre Dame Engineering College Advisory Council. Additionally, Hunt is a past chairman of the Computing Industry Technology Association.

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MOURAD YESAYAN
Principal
Paladin Capital Group

Mourad Yesayan is a Principal at Paladin Capital Group, focused on the firm’s technology and renewable energy investments. Prior to joining Paladin in 2009, Mourad was Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis at Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (Nasdaq: PEIX), a leading marketer and producer of renewable fuels.  At Pacific Ethanol, Mourad was part of the founding management team, leading the company’s financial planning and risk management functions while revenue grew from $80 to $700 million.  He also played a key role in structuring over $500 million of equity and debt growth capital.  Mourad received his MBA and BS degrees from California State University, Fresno.

Sponsors

Booster Sponsor

venable

Community Partners

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1776 is a global incubator and seed fund helping startups transform industries that impact millions of lives every day—education, energy & sustainability, health, transportation and cities. 1776 is building a global community to provide the intellectual, social and financial capital these startups need to succeed.

betamore

Betamore is an award-winning campus for technology and entrepreneurship with a two-fold mission. First, we aim to stimulate the establishment and growth of technology-based startup companies through business collaboration and incubation. Second, and arguably most important, we offer a career-focused education led by current industry experts to a growing public community of learners.

bethesda green

Bethesda Green brings business, government and community together through programs and services to promote a sustainable society and has a business incubator that is developing the next generation of energy and environmental products and services.

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ETC is a community of entrepreneurs and startups growing together in the City of Baltimore. The ETC offers three unique programs: ETC’s Incubation Program– offering business support services to tech startups, AccelerateBaltimore– a startup accelerator launching soon, & Beehive Baltimore– Baltimore’s coworking community.

fishbowl labs

Fishbowl Labs is a vibrant community of startups working out of the AOL campus in Dulles, Virginia. Our community provides free office space and support for talented entrepreneurs to help overcome the challenges inherent in starting a company.  We also collaborate with some amazing folks across AOL.

hotDesks is the Eastern Shore’s connection to the Maryland startup and entrepreneur ecosystem.  An initiative of the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center serving the eight counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, hotDesks offers a network of coworking spaces, entrepreneur and innovation training, and access to capital for high-growth, scalable startup and growth businesses.

liftoff health

LiftOff Health is the first Virtual Health Business Incubator in the Washington D.C. area. We leverage our unique local resources and provide health focused education, mentorship, resources, documents, and services to help entrepreneurs and business around the world to succeed.

mach 37

Mach37 is America’s premier market-centric cybersecurity accelerator designed to facilitate the creation of the next generation of cybersecurity product companies. MACH37™’s unique program design places heavy emphasis on the validation of product ideas and the development of relationships that produce an initial customer base and investment capital.

potential energy

Potential Energy DC is building a unique ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors and policy experts in the Washington, DC metro area to solve energy challenges.

refraction

Refraction is a 11,000 square foot non-profit coworking space run by Canvas for technology startups, non-profit organizations, and artists located in Reston, VA.

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baltimore angels

Baltimore Angels is an angel investor group based in Baltimore, MD. Founded in 2009, its mission is to invest profitably in the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem and advance early stage innovators to the next stage of capital formation. Its vision is to be the most trusted resource for angel capital investment and entrepreneurial mentorship in the Greater Baltimore region.

fairfax county

Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. The award-winning FCEDA offers site location and business development assistance, and connections with county and state government agencies, to help companies locate and expand in Fairfax County. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains marketing offices in six important global business centers: Bangalore, Munich, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv.

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Maryland Business Incubation Association was founded in 2002 to advance business incubation in Maryland. Representing 22 incubators, MBIA supports nearly 550 companies across the state in both urban and rural areas.

new dominion angels

New Dominion Angels is an investor group formed to capitalize early-stage companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. We are not a managed fund. We are a group of like-minded members who make individual decisions whether to invest in companies that present to the group.

nextgen angels

NextGen Angels is an investing club of more than 60 Washington, DC-area angels who are 40 or younger. Members all agree to actively support portfolio companies, defined as startups with ten or more members investing, whether or not that member personally invested in the company.

Startup Grind Baltimore and Startup Grind DC are event series and websites designed to help educate, inspire, and connect local entrepreneurs. Each month we welcome an amazing speaker who shares their story with our community and tells us what worked, what didn’t, and what they’ll do differently next time. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from the best, network with other members of the startup community, and improve your chances of entrepreneurial success.

techbreakfast

TechBreakfast is a monthly breakfast in Baltimore, Columbia, DC, and Northern Virginia where entrepreneurs, techies, developers, designers, business people, and interested people see showcases on cool new technology in a demo format and interact with each other.

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TiE DC has a mission to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.

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Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote

Josef Pfeiffer

Product & Business Development, Gravity.com

Joe Pfeiffer leads the business development team for Gravity after opening up their New York office in 2012.  Prior to Gravity, he ran product for the Wall Street Journal website and started 2 companies on the side – a public radio show and a web development agency for fashion startups.  He lives in New York but spent 104 days traveling last year.  He loves data and writing his bio in the 3rd person.  www.gravity.com
@Gravity

@jpfeiffer

Closing Keynote

Rich Harris

Chief Executive Officer, AddThis

Rich Harris has served in various leadership positions as an operator, entrepreneur and investor. He has built many successful growth companies and produced exits representing more than $1B in aggregate enterprise value in software, communications and healthcare. Success stories include Cronos Integrated Microsystems, a communications infrastructure company (acquired by JDS Uniphase, NASDAQ: JDSU); MDLinx, a digital media company (acquired by a division of Sony, NYSE: SNE); and DCL Medical Laboratories, an anatomic pathology laboratory (acquired by LabCorp, NYSE: LH). Rich has played a key role in more than 100 financings, mergers and/or acquisitions.

Rich currently serves as a board member or advisor to several technology companies and investment firms. He has an MBA and JD from the University of Maryland, and a BA in Economics from Denison University.

Follow @Richard_RHarris  @AddThis

Presenting Startups

Investor Panelists

JOHN BACKUS
Founder and Managing Partner
New Atlantic Ventures

DREW DRAKE
Vice President, Strategic Investments and Partnerships
SAP National Security Services

DAN HENDERSON
Investment Director
CIT GAP Funds

PASCAL LUCK
Managing Director
Core Capital Partners

ALEX OPPENHEIMER
Venture Capital Associate
NEA

ROBERT ROSENBAUM
President and Executive Director
TEDCO

Sponsors

Booster Sponsor

venable

Accelerator Sponsors

cit gap funds

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Community Partners

betamore

bethesda green

etc

fishbowl labs

liftoff health

mach 37

potential energy

refraction

Promotional Partners

baltimore angels

cofounders lab

fairfax county

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new dominion angels

nextgen angels

startup grind balt

startup grind dc

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Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote

Amy Wilkinson

Author, The Creator’s Code

Amy Wilkinson is a strategic adviser, entrepreneur, and lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. A sought-after speaker, she frequently addresses audiences on entrepreneurial leadership, and advises start-ups and large corporations on innovation and business strategy. She has held leadership roles with McKinsey & Company and J.P. Morgan, and founded a small, foreign-based export company. Wilkinson has served as a White House fellow and special assistant to the United States Trade Representative and as a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Closing Keynote

Josh Stella

Founder & CEO, Luminal

Josh Stella is the Founder & CEO of Luminal. He’s been programming since his teen years in the 1980s, when he learned to write code to automate animation tasks on his Amiga and realized that programming was more interesting than animation to him. Josh fondly recalls SunOS, NeXT Step programming, and not-so-fondly recalls SGML and Windows 3.1. Prior to Luminal, Josh most recently was a Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services. He has served as a CTO for a prior startup and in numerous other technical and leadership roles over the last 25 years. When not working, Josh is likely playing a guitar, riding a bicycle, or cooking. Josh holds a Master’s Certificate in Astronomy from James Cook University.

Presenting Startups

Investor Panelists

MAGID ABRAHAM
Co-Founder and Chairman
comScore

GREG CANGIALOSI
CEO
MissionTix

BRIAN CARNEY
General Partner
Harbert Venture Partners

DEMIAN COSTA
Partners
Plank Industries

TOM DANN
Managing Director of Equity Funds
Maryland Venture Fund

ROBB DOUB
General Partner
New Markets Venture Partners

BUD ROSENTHAL
CEO, Membership & Paid Services Group
AOL

TOM WEITHMAN
Managing Partner and Vice President
CIT Gap Funds

Community Partners

betamore

bethesda green

etc

fishbowl labs

liftoff health

mach 37

potential energy

refraction

Promotional Partners

baltimore angels

cofounders lab

fairfax county

MBIA Logo

new dominion angels

nextgen angels

startup grind balt

startup grind dc

techbreakfast

dc