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Deep-Tech Based Startups – Finding the Spark

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Marie Spittell
Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, Economic Development Associate

Work on various efforts related to business attraction, business retention and expansion, and special projects in the City of Alexandria, VA.

Mark Mondry
LAUNCH Center for New Ventures at Virginia Tech, Director

Mark founded or helped to build several startups and spinouts, including building a young medical device startup to a successful IPO. He has served as an advisor or investor for numerous startups and has served in engineering, legal, and executive business roles in large multinational companies in the healthcare, medical device and electronics industries. Mark also worked as a patent attorney in silicon valley and Washington DC advising companies on intellectual property, technology development and the commercialization of new technologies. He initially joined Virginia Tech as a professor in entrepreneurship and now heads Virginia Tech’s LAUNCH Center for New Ventures, an organization directed to creating spinouts from university deep-tech research.


Are you an aspiring entrepreneur that is confident that you can build the next great start-up, but you just need the core innovative technology to get you started? Enter the world of deep-tech. Large research universities, like Virginia Tech, create new early stage technologies from their research. These technologies provide a powerful catalyst for startups opportunities. Often called “deep tech,” these technologies emerging from research offer enterprising entrepreneurs a potent spark of inspiration for creating new ventures. In this session. Mark Mondry, Director of LAUNCH Center for New Ventures at Virginia Tech, illuminates the possibilities in leveraging deep tech to build great startups and explains how the unique attributes of the DC region offer significant advantages over other startup ecosystems.