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Homeland Security Startup Studio 22 
Launch Event

We’re kicking off recruiting for the Homeland Security Startup Studio 2022 cohort and demystifying the Federal Innovation Ecosystem.

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021

 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET

About Homeland Security Startup Studio 22

The Startup Studio program pairs teams of entrepreneurs with scientists and technologists to commercialize lab technologies, and solve real-world problems.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) partnered with FedTech to run HSSS22 to help teams of entrepreneurs realize the commercial potential of these inventions. The technological areas represented range from Cybersecurity to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

The Homeland Security Startup Studio 2022 Launch Event is an opportunity to learn more about our upcoming cohort and the Federal innovation ecosystem. Our event includes a panel of experts, entrepreneurs from the HSSS21 cohort, and a live Q&A with DHS and FedTech to discuss the program.


2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET


Welcome Remarks by FedTech


Welcome Remarks by The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T)

Leadership Panel: Demystifying the Federal Innovation Ecosystem


  • Carol Politi, President and CEO of TRX Systems

  • Patrick Kilbride, Senior VP of the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC), U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

Networking Sessions

Closing Remarks 

Team Panel: Homeland Security Startup Studio 2021 Cohort Discussion


  • Team Axle

  • Team Dynasec 



Carol Politi,
President and CEO of TRX Systems

Carol Politi is president and CEO at TRX Systems, delivering assured position, navigation, and timing in contested environments and where GPS is naturally unreliable (including indoors, underground, in dense urban areas). TRX NEON GPS-denied location solutions enhance situational awareness and safety for military, public safety, and security personnel. 


Ms. Politi is a 20-year technology industry veteran with extensive experience in successfully bringing new technologies to market. Prior to TRX, Ms. Politi was the Senior Vice President for product management and business development at Kajeet®, a cell phone service hosting one of the first GPS-based mobile location products. She co-founded and served as vice president of marketing and product management for Megisto Systems, delivering software infrastructure for mobile operators, and served as vice president of product management at Ericsson, leading IP infrastructure solutions for mobile data networks.


Ms. Politi has a MSEE from Johns Hopkins University, a BSEE and MBA from the University of Maryland, and holds multiple patents for innovations related to administrative control of mobile communications devices and collaborative creation of indoor maps. 


Patrick Kilbride,
Senior Vice President of the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC), U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

Patrick Kilbride is senior vice president of the Global Innovation Policy Center

(GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. There he oversees the center’s domestic,

multilateral, and international programs and leads GIPC’s policy work to promote

intellectual property-driven innovation and creativity.


Previously, Kilbride was executive director of Americas Strategic Policy Initiatives

and executive vice president of the Association of American Chambers of

Commerce in Latin America and the Caribbean (AACCLA) in the Chamber’s

International Division.


Kilbride served in the Executive Office of the President during the George W.

Bush administration as deputy assistant U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for

intergovernmental affairs & public liaison. At USTR, he worked with state and local

officials, business organizations, and non-governmental organizations to advance the

president’s trade policy agenda.


Earlier in his career, Kilbride held various private sector roles advocating on behalf of

business for rule of law and market openings through free trade agreements.

He is a graduate of The George Washington University and resides with his family in

Alexandria, Virginia.

Alumni Panelists from the Homeland Security Startup '21 Cohort


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Cyber attacks are increasing by the day, in spite of existing technologies to protect IT infrastructure. Infrastructure is static and vulnerable to hackers, with repeated attempts to breach security. By randomly rotating user access requests between servers, Dynasec’s technology adopts the 'moving target defense' mechanism to make infrastructure access dynamic, thereby forcing hackers to repeat attempts to breach the security.




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Axle Technologies
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Axle is building an API that allows organizations to securely monitor and upgrade commercial, industrial, and military vehicles. The competitive advantage of Axle is that it is OEM agnostic, does not require extra hardware, and is a universal, secure API. Axle allows users to improve vehicle uptime, upgrade vehicle capabilities, and secure critical vehicle functions. It does this by letting users connect to almost any vehicle enabling access to aftermarket hardware.


Software, Automotive, Transportation


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