TechBUZZ Fall 2017 2017-11-07T15:51:36+00:00

The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association Presents: TechBUZZ Fall 2017

The capstone event of the year for active investors in the Mid-Atlantic Region and beyond.

Jack Morton Auditorium
The George Washington University

Thursday, October 19
1pm – 7:30pm

MAVA is proud to once again shine the spotlight on the hottest up-and-coming early stage technology companies in the Mid-Atlantic again. 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.


East Coast’s
Top Seed/Early Stage Launch Event

Launch. Pitch. Learn. Connect.
Where Business Gets Done

What’s in Store

  • Great Companies – From Seed to Series A to Growth
  • All Under One Roof Successful Founders
  • Sharing Lessons Learned and Best Practices

Access to Capital and Active Investors
from Angels to Institutional…….for Now and for Later

Key Industry Insights
AgTech, IoT, Mobility, Business Services, Data Analytics, HealthIT Plus Much More!

Who You’ll Meet

  • Company Founders and Team Members
  • Corporate Investors
  • Innovators and Tech Savvy Talent
  • Key Business Advisors and Collaborators
  • Investors – from Angel to Family Office to Institutional and Corporate

TechBUZZ sponsorships provide valuable branding in front the complete ecosystem of startups, innovators and investors across the Mid-Atlantic. Contact MAVA today to learn more!

Keynote Speakers

Konstantin Zvereff

Konstantin left his native Barcelona at 18, earning his BA before spending two years with the Peace Corps in northern Mozambique. On his return to the States, Konstantin worked as an expeditor for serving at a high-end restaurant in Northern Virginia. That is how he knew how to work in an environment where occasionally plates were thrown and knives pointed in your direction. He turned that skill into several interesting entrepreneurial endeavors. Thereafter, he spent the early part of his career in investment banking, and earned his MBA from Georgetown University. It was during grad school that Konstantin and his partner Jag were assigned to a national restaurant chain to perform an operations project. They spent several weeks there watching how restaurants did business and noticed a tremendous problem with how inefficiently managers were placing orders at the end of the day. This grad school project gave birth to BlueCart, Inc. in 2014. The rest is history…in the making.

Drew Chafetz

Drew Chafetz has combined a passion for soccer and social enterprise to become one of the foremost experts in mobilizing and empowering communities through sport. In 2006, shortly after returning from a trip to Morocco where he witnessed children playing soccer in danger, Drew co-founded love.fútbol, an international nonprofit dedicated to a safe place to play soccer for every child. As CEO, Drew has led love.fútbol in developing a methodology that engages and empowers underserved communities to create, reclaim and redefine soccer fields as platforms for sustainable social change. Working across eight countries and three continents with sponsors such as Coca-Cola, ESPN, Unilever and Under Armour, among others, love.fútbol has mobilized thousands of community volunteers to build soccer fields where at-risk youth experience the power and inspiration of sport every day.

Drew speaks Spanish and Portuguese, and regularly speaks as a panelist on sport for development, community empowerment and social enterprise. He has been a featured Ashoka “Changemaker” ͞and was named by Washington Life as one of Washington, DC’s most influential residents under 40. He played soccer at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA and then at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Economics and Business.

Presenting Companies

Software, Business Intelligence

Raleigh, NC

Security | Cyber

Ellicott City, MD


Richmond, VA

Digital Media | Music & Technology

Washington, DC


Bethesda, MD

Software | SaaS Commercial Design

Orange County, CA

Mobility | Software

Washington, DC

Healthcare Technology

Gaithersburg, MD

Software | SaaS

Washington, DC


Rockville, MD

Internet of Things (IoT)

Bethesda, MD

Data | Analytics

Washington, DC

Software | SaaS Software for Imaging

Rockville, MD


Warrenton, VA

Data | Analytics Data Storage

Ashburn, VA


Baltimore, MD

Data | Analytics

Sterling, VA


McLean, VA

Hear Investor Insights From

Jenny Abramson

Founder & Managing Partner, Rethink Impact

Jenny is the Founder & Managing Partner of Rethink Impact. She is a proven executive and entrepreneur having held a range of leadership roles across the impact tech space–in education, personal data, and media. She has been covered on CNN, in The New York Times, and in The Washington Post, interviewed on Squawk Box, featured at the Code Conference, at the United Nations, and on Capitol Hill, and was named Top 40 Under 40, a DC Power Women in Tech and a DC Tech Titan.

Before leading in the venture space, Jenny served as CEO of LiveSafe, a mobile security company focused on preventing school shootings and sexual assaults. She also held significant business roles at The Washington Post, Personal (a data tech company), and The Boston Consulting Group. In the education and social sector, Jenny oversaw the Transformation Management Office for DC Public Schools Chancellor Rhee and served as the Director of Strategy & Development at Teach for America, and sits on four boards.

Beyond her entrepreneurial and executive experience, Jenny has played leadership roles in the investment realm. Most notably, beyond her current fund, she is an Advisory Board member of the Nexus fund, a venture fund that is part of Camden Partner’s portfolio of funds. She also was selected to be the only Harvard MBA to serve on Harvard’s Investment Committee for Shareholder Responsibility.

Jenny received a BA and MA from Stanford, graduating with honors and Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA with honors and the Dean’s Award from Harvard Business School. She was also a Fulbright Scholar focusing on Human Genomics at The London School of Economics. Follow her on Twitter @abramsonjenny.

Casey Berman

Founder and 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.

Sam Cates

Director, GE Ventures

Sam invests in companies developing IoT infrastructure, big data applications, and field service productivity tools that create value from the vast industrial data being generated today. Prior to joining GE’s software investment team in 2013, Sam’s previous experience included finance and corporate development roles at GE’s power generation, aircraft engine, and corporate lending businesses. He’s also a big supporter of Special Olympics as a coach of soccer and basketball.

Ulhas Jagdale

Associate, NEA

Ulhas joined NEA in 2016 as an Associate and focuses on enterprise and consumer technology investments. Prior to joining NEA, Ulhas was a member of Morgan Stanley’s Global Technology Investment Banking group in Menlo Park, California. While at Morgan Stanley, Ulhas worked on a variety of capital markets and M&A transactions as well as corporate advisory engagements for companies across the consumer internet, enterprise software, hardware, and clean technology sectors such as Airbnb, Dell, Facebook, and Uber, among others. Ulhas’s previous work experiences also span roles in quantitative finance and software development. Ulhas graduated with honors from the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Wharton and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Science from Penn Engineering.

Peggy Styer

Managing Partner, Razor’s Edge Ventures

Peggy is Managing Partner at Razor’s Edge Ventures. Peggy focuses on investments in big data, cyber security, high performance computing, space and technology- focused government solutions businesses. Peggy presently serves on the Board of Directors of Razor’s Edge portfolio company Altamira Technologies, and also serves on the Board of Directors of Dupont Fabros Technologies (NYSE:DFT) and gLenses. She is also actively involved in managing the Fund’s investments in Ryft Systems and Spaceflight industries.

Before founding Razor’s Edge, she was CEO and Chairman of the Board of Blackbird Technologies, a company she co-founded with Steve Pann and Richard Moxley. She oversaw the record-setting sale of Blackbird to Raytheon Corporation, a $427 million deal that closed in November 2014. From 2003-2007, Peggy simultaneously served as CEO of Blackbird and RavenWing, an affiliated company, leading both companies to substantial growth and profitability before selling RavenWing to Boeing in 2008. Earlier in her career, Peggy co-founded and served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Merex, Inc. before it was sold to Infodata Systems Inc. in 1996.

Peggy earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from California State University and a MS degree in Technology Management from the University of Maryland.

Sever Totia

Partner, 3TS Capital Partners

Sever is responsible for leading 3TS Capital’s portfolio companies, new investments and overall operations in the US. He focuses on enterprise software segments including mobility, systems management, real-time infrastructure, security and on-demand applications. Sever serves on the board of 3TS investments Piano Inc. and TTI (TakeTheInterview). He also has broader responsibilities across firm operations, investment committee, fundraising and 3TS’ targeted fund Catalyst Romania. Sever is active in the US venture community as board director of Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA), Deloitte’s Technology Venture Center (TVC), Draper Venture Network (DVN) and past chairman of NVTC’s Capital Formation Committee.

Prior to 3TS, Sever was a Partner with Edison Partners, a leading growth equity firm that invests in east-coast based software and technology-enabled companies. He led fifteen financings and served on the board of eight Edison investments including Presidium (acquired by Blackboard), Notable Solutions (acquired by Nuance), Salsa Labs, VoxMobile, KDS, Ontuitive and Regent. He led Edison’s Director Network for five years which has become the largest board director development program for private companies.

Sever joined Edison from Lazard Technology Partners (LTP), a $400M venture fund. There he co-led enterprise software investments in companies including Vocus (NASDAQ: VOCS), Managed Objects (acquired by Novell), Intellitactics (acquired by Trustwave), NFR Security (acquired by Checkpoint), Cyveillance (acquired by QNetiq), BoxTone (acquired by Good Technologies), and Interwise (acquired by AT&T). Before joining Lazard in 2000, Sever held product management and operating leadership roles at Primark, an equity research software company, which expanded to over $500M and executed a successful IPO before being acquired by Thomson Financial.

Sever is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Institute.

Spotlight Companies

Airside Mobile


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Ben Franklin Technology Partners has been the leading seed stage capital provider for Southeastern Pennsylvania’s technology sectors, investing over $175 million in more than 1,750 regional technology companies, many of which have gone on to become industry leaders, for over 30 years. Ben Franklin has also launched university/industry partnerships that accelerate scientific discoveries to commercialization, and has seeded regional initiatives that strengthen our entrepreneurial community.


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 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.


Bunker Lab DC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation. Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military veterans start and grow businesses at inside Capitol Post located in Alexandria, Virginia.


The Dingman Center Angels is a Maryland based angel investment group that provides funding to early-stage companies located within the Mid-Atlantic region. Our members are entrepreneurs, CXO’s, venture capitalists and business leaders who have founded, funded and built world-class companies. Our investors come from a wide array of industry expertise and in association with the Dingman Center of Entrepreneurship, create an extensive entrepreneurial community.


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 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.


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.


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


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 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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