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SBIR/STTR Success Stories

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Devvie, 1st Floor & Virtual

Helena Krusec
Capital Factory, Senior Venture Partnerships Manager

Helena drives business development collisions between Capital Factory portfolio companies and prime defense contractors and the government. There she identifies and creates opportunities for strategic investment and deal flow, collaborative innovation research and development projects, go-to-market strategies between startups and Fortune 500 corporations, and advises on dual use prospects for Capital Factory Ventures and Fund. Before joining Capital Factory she worked at the intersection of venture capital, national security, and cybersecurity in the consulting space where she led projects around state and local government Homeland Security and Emergency Management groups, the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Cyber Security Division, CyberSkills Management Support Initiative, cyber warrior training with OASD for Readiness and Force Training Directorate, and was a regular at Black Hat/DEFCON's packet hacking and voting villianges.


David Zakariaie
Senseye, CEO and Founder

David is the CEO and Founder of Senseye. In 2012, Google selected him as one of 100 Google Glass Pioneers. He is also the recipient of an Office of Naval Research Award for research in DNA Computing. When not in the lab, he is an Instructor Pilot & Check Airman in the Civil Air Patrol.


John Chapman
Link to Learn, President

John Chapman is an entrepreneur, business leader, and veteran. John uses unique perspectives gained from his experience in USMC Force Reconnaissance, SAIC, and Google to accelerate his companies.

Understanding real-world pain points, John leverages private sector innovation, agility, and speed to advance Warfighter readiness.

Over the last three years, John has written several successful Phase II SBIRs and STTRs with multiple Phase III wins under his belt.

Jeff Brooks
Robotic Services Inc, Chief Operating Officer

Jeff Brooks is founder and COO of Robotic Services Inc (RSI), a GEOINT software solutions company that helps non-technical users leverage advanced remote sensing, AI/ML, and UAS technologies for mission-critical situational awareness. Robotic Services is an AFWERX/STRATFI awardee for its ongoing work supporting environmental management missions. Before starting RSI, Jeff worked as a policy advisor to Texas Governor Rick Perry.


Startups and entrepreneurs play an ever-increasing role in innovation and job creation — and in keeping the U.S. competitive amid globalization. That’s why the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was created in 1982 and why the government awards billions in non-dilutive funding through SBIR each year.

The funding is out there, but only if you know how to access it. In 2020, Capital Factory introduced a no-cost SBIR Accelerator to help companies crack the code and maximize their success when applying for SBIR topics. Come meet a few of the companies that found success in this program last year to learn more about their projects and their experiences with Capital Factory's SBIR Accelerator.


Attendees (78)

Wayne Polatkan
Wayne Polatkan
Tuloy, Chief Executive Officer
Jacob Fridakis
Jacob Fridakis
University of Texas at Austin, Student
Judy Ayala
Judy Ayala
Nueducation Inc - lT Services, CEO
Mike Grubbs
Mike Grubbs
BTRY, Co-Founder & CEO
Derek Denton
Derek Denton
MDM Wound Ventures Inc, Co-Founder & CEO
Trent Edwards
Trent Edwards
MGMWERX, Director
Lynne O Hamilton
Lynne O Hamilton
Lawelawe Defense, Inc., President
Cullen Jones (He/Him)
Cullen Jones (He/Him)
Microsoft, Sr Startup Lead: National Security Group
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Steve Amos
HealthCode, CEO/Founder
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Todd Kirby
Fluor, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Ken Droddy
Ken Droddy
Tagup, Director of Business Development
Karen (KK) Krause-Bencal
Karen (KK) Krause-Bencal
Activate, VP, Defense Innovation
Liya Smolina
Liya Smolina
AWS, Air Force Account Manager
Matthew Schuler
Matthew Schuler
Saint Industries Inc, Chief Strategy Officer - PCADS HALO
Judson Crane
Judson Crane
Defense Innovation Board, Research Director (People & Process)
Christopher Pavel
Christopher Pavel
Western Air Defense Sector, BCC Spark Cell, Senior Enlisted Leader
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Randy Groves
Exabyte.io, Business Development Public Sector
Nelson Salas
Nelson Salas
Grug Group / JetX, Founder
Jim Wilson
Jim Wilson
A3I, Inc., CEO & VP-Business Development
Jeff Ribel
Jeff Ribel
Dark Wolf Solutions, LLC, Director, Strategic Accounts
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