If you've nearly perfected an innovation or business process that would revolutionize technology procurement or you've thought about starting your own business, this is your chance to get advice from experts. Participating in the Innovation Shark Tank is a great way to hear from experienced entreprenuers and other business professionals as well as to gain visibility through the ongoing webcast on TV Worldwide.
AFCEA International is sponsoring three Innovation Shark Tank events where companies can pitch their capabilities to a panel of government and nongovernment technology experts. Topics can range from artificial intelligence to digital transformation to cybersecurity to any great idea.
Each AFCEA International event features five companies that each have five minutes to pitch their ideas. One winner from each event will compete at the AFCEA Small Business Innovation Summit on July 26, 2018.
Participants have five minutes to pitch their ideas or companies to the Cyber Shark Tank judges.
Judges will spend five minutes providing valuable feedback.
No handouts or slides during presentation are allowed.
Pitch should include:
Business idea and company status, such as idea stage, early start-up or years in business.
Focus on the who, what, where, when and why of the idea or company.
Judges feedback will include:
Technology: Do you clearly differentiate yourselves?
Marketplace: Is it crowded or greenfield?
Funding opportunities and options: Do you need money to grow?
Judges will select a winner from each Shark Tank session. At the summit, the winners of each session will compete in the same format. The winner will present his or her idea on stage prior to luncheon keynote speaker Bill James, acting principal deputy assistant secretary, Office of Information and Technology, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, for more than 400 summit attendees.
Sarah Djamshidi, Managing Partner, SpeedShift Ventures May 18 and July 11
Sarah Djamshidi has more than 18 years of experience providing fiscal, strategic, operations and M&A leadership to the board members, business owners and executives of over 200 companies. She has focused onon growth, merger and acquisitions, and business succession plans and has worked with government contractors and hyper growth companies from various sectors, including cybersecurity, biotech, chemical, nanotechnology, supply chain and logistics, SaaS, IT services and solutions, data analytics, and visualization. Djamshidi is a frequent speaker at conferences and judge of numerous innovation challenges. Read more...
Cmdr. Maria C. Horton, USN (Ret.), CISSP-ISSMP, Cloud Essentials, IAM Chief Executive Officer at EmeSec May 18, June 7, July 11
Cmdr. Maria C. Horton, USN (Ret.), is a recognized cybersecurity and compliance expert with hands on experience. She has presented information at conferences about cloud, FedRAMP, CUI, IoT and cybersecurity. She serves as a mentor to other small business start-ups providing real world feedback, encouragement and industry advice. Horton has published articles with Bloomberg News, SC magazine and the Huffington Post. In 2017, she joined Government Matters TV as a regular guest commentator addressing cyber, CUI and the due diligence implications for SMBs. Her company is one of 43 FedRAMP Third Party Assessment Organizations and holds four ISO certifications. EmeSec was awarded a Silver Stevie Award and a Gold Golden Bridge award for its #SimplifyCUIservices capability in 2017. While serving in the U.S. Navy, Horton was the CIO of the National Naval Medical Center, now known as the Walter Reed Military Complex. Read more...
Jennifer O'Daniel, Mach37, CIT GAP Funds May 18
Jennifer O’Daniel joined CIT GAP Funds in 2003, where she leads seed and early stage investments in tech companies, concentrating on cybersecurity and enterprise software. As part of the investment team, she has led or been part of more than 100 investments. O’Daniel also leads investments for MACH37, a cybersecurity accelerator. She is the co-founder and managing director of VT Investor Network (VTIN), a 75-member angel group that invests in Virginia Tech-led startups. O’Daniel holds Bachelor of Science in information technology and a Bachelor of Science in management degrees from Virginia Tech.
David Kriegman, CEO of Z2B, LLC May 18
David Kreigman is CEO of Z2B, LLC, a small consulting firm that helps companies achieve their strategic growth goals. He also is the author of Zero to a Billion: 61 Rules Entrepreneurs Need to Know to Grow a Government Contracting Business. Prior to opening his own consulting firm, he was division senior vice president and general manager, Strategic Solutions Group Inc. for Jacobs Technology. In addition, Kreigman has been the president, command information, federal, and chief operating officer for SRA International Inc.
Glenn Hernandez, CISO, OpEdge Solutions LLC Former U.S. Coast Guard CISO
June 7 and July 11
Glenn Hernandez is passionate about creating strategic partnerships to revolutionize organizational transformation with resilient technology and meet mission objectives. Hernandez is a senior consultant with OpEdge Solutions. He served more than 26 years in the U.S. Coast Guard and retired in July 2017. From 2013-2017, he was the Coast Guard’s Chief Information Security Officer. Hernandez co-authored the Coast Guard’s Cyber Strategy and led the Coast Guard’s first cyber crisis response based on the National Incident Management System framework. Read more..
Dan Wooley, Founder and Managing Partner, Ponderosa Management Group June 7 and July 11
Dan Wooley is the founder and managing partner of the Ponderosa Management Group and former general partner and co-founder of MACH37, one of the nation’s leading cybersecurity accelerators. During the four years Wooley and his partners Rick Gordon and Bob Stratton led MACH37, they successfully identified and funded more than 40 next-generation cybersecurity companies. MACH37 generated more than $19 million in follow-on investment for early-stage companies that resulted in several “A rounds” and successful exits. Read more...
Bill Jones, Senior Vice President of DSA's Integrated Soutions Group June 7
Bill Jones, senior vice president of DSA's Integrated Solutions Group, manages a diverse portfolio of programs valued over $35 million in support of Air Force, DISA and combatant command programs. As a strategic thinker and leader, Jones works with DSA customers in building innovative solutions that improve performance in all critical mission areas of the information technology spectrum. He joined DSA in 1995 as a lead specialist engineer and has held key positions, including program manager, program director, senior director, and vice president and general manager. Read more...