Mission: Innovation Summit

 

The Mission: Innovation Summit will provide support and guidance to military-affiliated entrepreneurs who are just starting out, launching a product, or looking for federal grant opportunities. Mission: Innovation will feature military-affiliated entrepreneurs to share their stories, workshops and resources for getting started and growing your business, and sessions about grant submissions and working with the military as a business owner.


Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars
Capital Factory
UTD Military and Veteran Center

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us

Dresden Goldberg


Director Programs & Operations

Campus Director - Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars

REGISTRATION


The Mission: Innovation Summit will provide support and guidance to military-affiliated entrepreneurs who are just starting out, launching a product, or looking for federal grant opportunities. Mission: Innovation will feature military-affiliated entrepreneurs to share their stories, workshops and resources for getting started and growing your business, and sessions about grant submissions and working with the military as a business owner.

AGENDA


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

1:00 pm – 1:05 pm

Welcome

Lisa Adams, Director, Military and Veteran Center, UT Dallas (Air Force)

1:05 pm – 1:25 pm

Opening Remarks

Major General Rich C. Staats, Commanding General, 75th Innovation Command (Army Reserve)

1:25 pm – 1:30 pm

Blackstone Veteran Initiatives

Jason Santamaria, Managing Director, Portfolio Operations, Blackstone (Marine Corps)

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Keynote

David Goldfein, Senior Advisor, Blackstone Group; General (retired) 21st Chief of Staff, USAF

2:00 pm – 3:40 pm

Breakout Sessions

Getting Started

  • 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm : Veteran Founders’ Stories
  • 2:50 pm – 3:40 pm : Getting Started with Bunker Labs

Veteran Founders’ Stories

Moderated by Helena Krusec, Sr. Corporate Venture Associate, Capital Factory

  • Brandon Friedman, Founder & CEO, Rakkasan Tea (Army)
  • Jason Hendricks, Founder, Forgot or Knot (Army)
  • Leslie Wegner, Owner, North Texas Voice and Speech (Army)

Getting Started with Bunker Labs

  • Amy Bernard, Senior Program Manager, Veteran Economic Opportunity, George W. Bush Institute & Bunker Labs Community Ambassador (Marine Corps)
  • Doug Bauer, CEO and Founder of Serac Technology, LLC (Marine Corps)

Launching Your Business

  • 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm : Customer Acquisition
  • 2:50 pm – 3:40 pm : Raise Capital

Customer Acquisition

  • Dave Cass, Director of Business Development, Techstars (Navy)

Raise Capital

  • Jorge Manresa, Vice President, Federal & Defense Ventures, Capital Factory (Air Force)
  • Dr. Casey Perley, Director of Insights & Analysis, Army Applications Lab
  • Michael Piller, Contracting Officer, AFWERX
  • David Grover, Lead Innovation Outreach Officer, NGA
  • Launtz Rodgers, Innovation and Technology Consultant, NGA
  • Chase Eiserman, AFWERX
  • Helena Krusec, Sr. Corporate Venture Associate, Capital Factory

Working With The Government

  • 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm : Innovating with DOD
  • 2:50 pm – 3:40 pm : Government Innovation

Innovating with DOD

Moderated by Pete Poorman, Director of Corporate Relations, Engineering & Computer Science, UT Dallas

  • Art Trevethan, Army Applications Lab
  • Benjamin Van Buskirk, NavalX (Navy)
  • Alex Goldberg, Joint Technology Acquisition Innovation Officer, Defense Innovation Unit (Air Force)

Government Innovation

Moderated by Kevin Patel, Founder & CEO, HERMTAC

  • Allison Amrhein, Director of Operations, VHA Innovators Network
  • Danielle Krakora, VHA Senior Innovation Fellow and EIR (Army)
  • Dr. Dallas Blaney, Executive Director, Challenge America (Navy)

3:40 pm – 4:00 pm

Closing Keynote

Anita C. Roberts, Managing Partner, Silicon Hills Capital (Army)


Lisa Adams

Lisa Adams

Allison Amrhein

Allison Amrhein

Doug Bauer

Doug Bauer

Amy Bernard

Amy Bernard

Dallas Blaney

Dallas Blaney

Benjamin Van Buskirk

Benjamin Van Buskirk

Dave Cass

Dave Cass

Alex Goldberg

Alex Goldberg

David Goldfein

David Goldfein

Brandon Friedman

Brandon Friedman

David Grover

David Grover

Jason Hendricks

Jason Hendricks

Danielle Krakora

Danielle Krakora

Helena Krusec

Helena Krusec

Jorge Manresa

Jorge Manresa

Kevin Patel

Kevin Patel

Dr. Casey Perley

Dr. Casey Perley

Michael Piller

Michael Piller

Pete Poorman

Pete Poorman

Anita C. Roberts

Anita C. Roberts

Launtz Rodgers

Launtz Rodgers

MG Staats

Major General(MG) Rich Staats

Jason Santamaria

Jason Santamaria

Art Trevethan

Art Trevethan

Leslie Wegner

Leslie Wegner

Thank you to the planning committee for bringing the Mission: Innovation Summit to UT Dallas this spring


Lisa Adams

Lisa Adams

Dresden Goldberg

Dresden Goldberg

Jason Hendricks

Jason Hendricks

Gerrit Jenniskens

Gerrit Jenniskens

Kevin Patel

Kevin Patel

Pete Poorman

Pete Poorman