To be successful, you must act big, think big and talk big.

“To be successful, you must act big, think big and talk big.” — Aristotle Onassis

The seventh week of the Hybrid Data Movement (#CAHDM) kicked off with an in-depth discussion about Amergint Technologies given by Brian Zimbelman. Amerigent is a current Sponsor for this cohort and Commercial Sherpa for the #CAHDM cohort company, Archangel Lightworks. Brian explained, “It is very exciting to raise capital from outside investors. However, companies need to be incredibly thoughtful about the structure and mechanisms to choose to use to bring in capital. The most important aspect in fundraising is to align interests with shareholders, board members, employees, and customers. This means everyone is incentivized for the same outcome. I encourage companies that are considering raising capital to speak to other companies, investors, and advisors prior to launching a fundraising campaign. This will enable the company to have a clear vision of the terms they are willing to accept to ensure interests are aligned in the business for the long term.”

Afterwards, the cohort was fortunate enough to attend a fireside chat with the Honorable Sue Payton on Tuesday evening. Sue is the former Assistant Secretary for Acquisition for the United States Air Force and current owner of SCI Aerospace, Inc. Sue continued her discussion from week five about unclassified threats and answered several questions that the cohort members had for her. 

Wednesday morning began with a briefing about CMMC/NIST by Isaac James and Steve Beaty of DevilDog Cybersecurity. Isaac explained, “With increased cyber-attacks and nation state threats, it is critical that we significantly enhance our defense industry. CMMC will is critical to the success of protecting our nation from the top down through a defense-in-depth model that covers 17 domains. Without these controls in place, our country risks losing sensitive data into the wrong hands. Our future is in a connected world and the way to protect it is through CMMC.”

On Thursday morning, Lt Col Adam Wasinger, provided a detailed tour of the United States Air Force Academy. Throughout this tour, the cohort was able to visit the Planetarium, SSRC, FalcomSat, Multi-Domain Lab, and CyberWorx. Afterwards, they enjoyed a wonderful lunch outing at Colorado Mountain Brewery in Northern Colorado Springs. There were two cohort-member-lead lunch and learn discussions throughout the week. The first was about LinkedIn networking by Brandon Dennis of QuSecure. The second was about SBIR proposals by Ryan Cousins of krtkl.

A total of sixteen subject matter experts donated their time to speak with the cohort during week seven. One of these experts included Greg Sears, Executive Director and Account Executive for USAF/USSF Business Development at ManTech. Greg is also a Commercial Sherpa for the #CAHDM cohort company, TurnRock Labs. He offered an incredible overview about ManTech and their involvement in Hybrid Data Movement.

The cohort companies had the distinct honor to listen and participate in a scaling panel with Mark Stafford, Rebecca Decker, Tracy Hayes, and Bob Lohfeld. The week then wrapped up with a briefing about NSTXL from Mike Lehr, Tranisha Harris, and Jeff Hanton. They surprised the cohort at the end of their briefing by announcing that they will be giving each cohort company a free NSTXL membership for one year! Mike mentioned, “We recognize the challenges small companies experience in having their voice heard and introducing their innovations to the Government, Industry, Partners, and Investors.  We are committed to help establish those connections to more rapidly develop and field technologies for our warfighters.  Please reach out to the NSTXL team with questions or if we can be of assistance in any way.”

Thank you to each of the subject matter experts who donated their time to speak with the Hybrid Data Movement cohort and answer their questions. The Catalyst Accelerator team is looking forward to what week nine has to offer!

Author: Kate Menendez, Marketing Specialist