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Wednesday - Main Agenda



Capability Accelerator Rally Point - Private Equity and Venture Capital Support to Defense Start Ups: Vignettes and Lessons Learned

10 May 2023
Tampa Convention Center - Ground Floor - Capabilities Accelerator Rally Point
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The Capability Accelerator Rally Point will offer a panel discussing the use of Private Equity (PE) and Venture Capital (VC) support to companies specializing in national defense technology. A distinguished panel of investors will discuss their experiences and perspectives from investing in the defense industry. Additionally, company leaders will provide their experiences working with PE and VC firms while operating in the defense sector.

1300-1420: Software Panel

  • Moderator:

    • Thom Kenney – Google Technical Director, Office of the CTO:

  • VCs:

    • Jeremy Hitchcock – Co-founder, New North Ventures

    • Brian Mongeau – Principle, First In Ventures

  • Companies (CEOs/Founders):

    • Prashant Bhuyan – Founder and CEO, Accrete AI (AI analytics)

    • Nini Hamrick – Co-founder and President, Vannevar Labs (Natural Language Processing/AI analytics)

    • Ryan Tseng – Co-founder and CEO, Shield AI (AI pilot/Unmanned Autonomous Systems)

1420-1430:  BREAK

1430-1600: Hardware Panel

  • Moderator:

    • CMSgt (ret) Greg Smith – Senior Solutions Architect, TIGRE Global Solutions Inc (Consulting)(Fmr SOCOM Command Senior Enlisted Leader)  

  • VCs:

    • Tommy Hendrix – Managing Partner, Decisive Point

    • Coley Lewis – Vice President/Growth Partnerships, In-Q-Tel

  • Companies (CEOs/Founders):

    • Dexter Ang – Executive Chairman, Pison (wearables/human performance)

    • Jake Bullock – Founder and CEO, Ravn (Edge data analytics)

    • Dan Magy – Co-founder, Firestorm Labs (Modular Unmanned Autonomous Systems)

    • Brian Streem – Founder and CEO, Vermeer (Alt-PNT and AR UAS Mission Planning/C2)


  • We are extremely excited USSOCOM selected GSOF to co-sponsor its newly envisioned “SOF Week” in 2023. SOF Week will be a national convention for U.S. SOF and include a more diverse slate of programs, to include professional development sessions, operator-driven discussions, and family-focused conversations. In 2020, GSOF was designated as a National Military Association by the U.S. Department of Defense, and we look forward to working with USSOCOM to make “SOF Week” an impactful event.
    Stuart Bradin
    President and CEO, GSOF


Co-sponsorship of this event does not imply endorsement of GSOF, its services, or products by the United States Government, the Department of Defense, or U.S. Special Operations Command.