Cracking the Code: Navigating the Defense Market as a Startup

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM | Captain America

The Department of Defense (DOD) has been actively seeking to engage more new industrial base partners, especially startups, but many tech companies still struggle to know where to start. Panelists including experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and government officials, will share their perspectives on the current state of the defense market, the key players and stakeholders, and the strategies and programs available for tech companies looking to break into the market. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges of working with the DOD and the strategies for successfully navigating this complex market.


  • Mr. Ben McMartin, Managing Partner, Public Spend Forum


  • Mr. Dave Rothzeid, Vice President, Shield Capital
  • Ms. Trish Martinelli, Executive Director, Defense Entrepreneur’s Forum
  • Mr. Justin Fanelli, Technical Director, Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic
  • Ms. Erringer Helbling, Vice President, Altana Technologies
  • Mr. Chris Van Metre, President & CEO, Advanced Technology International


Capital Factory

8th Floor - Captain America

Date + Time

Sunday, March 12

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

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