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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tech Funding, Cyber Workforce and Cyber Resilience Forum

12:30 PM - 06:00 PM

Event highlights key programs available to early stage tech companies in Virginia, solutions being developed to address the workforce challenges of Virginia’s growing cyber security community, and tips for cyber resilience. Hear tips from a successful cyber security startup, and updates on new high speed broadband efforts in the Hampton Roads region to help insure future tech growth and improved cyber resilience.


  • 12:30-1PM Check-in
  • 1-1:15PM Welcome Remarks
  • 1:15-2:15PM: Tech Company Funding & Formation Resources PANEL:
    • Resources from ODU Center for Enterprise Innovation -- Support for early stage tech firms from ODU Innovation Center, Hampton Roads Procurement Assistance Center (PTAC), Veterans Business Outreach, Women's Business Center, Technology Applications Center, and Gov2Com. Presented by Marty Kaszubowski, Executive Director, ODU Center for Enterprise Innovation.
    • CIT’s SBIR/STTR Support Program – SBIR intro and how CIT helps small tech firms apply for SBIR funding. Presented by Robert Brooke, Director, Federal Funding Program, CIT
    • MACH37 Cyber Accelerator – This state effort has launched over 50 startup cyber companies since its creation. Learn how this program invests in and supports the creation of Cyber startups across Virginia, and when the next cohort will take place. Presented by Marco Rubin, CIT GAP Funds
    • CRCF Grants – The Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) provides $50K-$100K grants to small tech firms and university research projects across the Commonwealth. Learn about the next solicitation, what types of projects have recently been funded, tips to improve your chances, and more. Presented by Nancy Vorona, CIT
  • 2:15-2:45PM:  Entrepreneurial Spotlight -- Tips form a Cyber Security Entrepreneur Who is Helping to Meet the Cyber Workforce Challenge -- A special presentation from a recent graduate of the MACH37 Cyber Accelerator.  FOUR18 Intelligence will discuss tips to their early success and provide an overview of the solution they are developing that seeks to addres teh cyber security workforce challenges.  Presented by Mark Jaster, Founder, FOUR18 Intellilgence.
  • 2:45-3:00PM:  BREAK
  • 3:00-4:15PM: Cyber Workforce Develoment Initiatives Panel
    • HRCyber Initiative -- The Hampton Roads Cybersecurity Education, Workforce and Economic Development Alliance (HRCyber) is a collaborative partnership between educational institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private employers focused on developing educational pathways that provides a capable cybersecurity workforce for the region. Presented by Brian Payne, Chair, HRCyber
    • ODU Cyber -- Update on cyber security academic initiatives at ODU, including internship program expansion and service learning programs. Presented by Brian Payne, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, Old Dominion University
    • Tidewater Community College – Working with eight other public colleges and universities across Virginia to create a stat of the art platform for cyber security education. Hear an update on this effort and learn how this can help the small business community in Virginia. Presented by Robert Guess, Director, TCC Cyber Center
  • 4:15-5:00PM: Cyber Resilience Panel
    • Cyber Seciruty Risk Management -- Issues that every small tech company needs to be aware of and tips to address.  Presented by GENEGE.
    • High Speed Communications Developments -- Efforts underway in the Hampton Roads region to improve High Speed connectivitiy to help grow the economy and improve cyber reslience. Presented by Mark Klett, Klett Consulting Group.
  • 5:00-6:00PM: Networking Reception -- Tech entrepreneurs, local investors, economic development professionals, and elected officials are invited to network!



ODU Darden College of Education Building,

4301 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23529,

Suite 1106



Garage C across from the building -- parking passes will be emailed to all who register in advance.



-Virginia Based Small Tech firms & University Personnel: $20 per person

-Economic Developers:  $20 per person

-Reception Only Registration Available:  $10 per person

-All Others: (Non VIrginia companies and business service providors): $75 per person

-Keynote & Reception Sponsorship -- two available at $500 each.


QUESTIONS:  Robert Brooke, 703-689-3080

















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