The FedTech team works tirelessly to unleash the potential of breakthrough technologies. Each member of the team brings their own unique experience to the table, ensuring that the ventures we work with in our programs are paired with the best minds in the game. Our team consists of seasoned entrepreneurs; early-stage startup investors, advisors and mentors; former U.S. government leaders in the rapid innovation space; former CXOs; and all-stars. Learn more about us by clicking here.
Ben founded FedTech in 2015 and has led the firm through its growth from a small regional venture to an international company that catalyzes interaction between the venture world and R&D community. He is passionate about democratizing access to hardtech and empowering entrepreneurs. Ben has taught on technology commercialization at his alma mater, the University of Maryland and previously held positions at NBC Sports and Bloomberg News. He holds a BA in History from Princeton University.
As managing partner, Jake leads many aspects of running the organization from operations to business development. He also serves as a Venture Partner at NextGen Venture Partners. He started his career as a US Army Officer, earning a Bronze Star Medal. Afterwards, he joined Goldman Sachs, gaining exposure to finance, technology and investments. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BBA in Computer Info. Sys. from Hofstra University.
John is an engineer and technologist with over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience. He loves identifying partners, researching new ideas, and driving deep on strategy with entrepreneurs. He has founded and led two companies and managed economic development programs for the State Department in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is pursuing an executive MBA at NYU, and holds a MS from Columbia and a BS from George Washington University.
As Director at FedTech, Will leads the xTech Accelerator and strives to empower technical innovators across DoD, DoE, NASA, MITRE, and other organizations to be strong entrepreneurs. He started his career at General Motors after receiving his BS from MIT and a Master of Engineering from UCal Berkeley.
Prior to FedTech, Robyn founded and led the startAD entrepreneurship program at NYU Abu Dhabi from its inception in 2015. She designed a unique corporate sprint accelerator program with partners including GE, Oracle, Etihad and ADNOC that has served over 100 global startups, which have raised more than $50M. Before moving to the UAE, she was a former trial attorney in New York. Ms. Brazzil holds a BSBA and BA in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill and J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.
Vic is the Head of Growth at FedTech and is focused on data-driven expansion strategies across the organization’s portfolio. With over 15 years of global experience in brand building, demand generation, and digital strategy, he has helped accelerate business success for technology companies that include Microsoft, Intel, Ingram Micro, and CloudBlue. Vic holds an MBA from the University of La Verne, and is a graduate of the Performance Leadership Program from Cornell University.
As a senior associate at FedTech, Ian coordinates and supports FedTech’s programs and operations. He has robust experience working with universities and federal laboratories. Before joining FedTech, he was a scientific research specialist at NIST. He received his PhD from UCal, Berkeley. He received his BS from Korea University.
At FedTech, Kaycie brings her background as a teacher with Teach For America, and experience working at TFA national headquarters directing teacher acquisition and university partnerships. Most recently, Kaycie worked at an AI/Machine Learning startup, where she developed a keen interest in cutting edge technologies and the startup life. Kaycie attended the University of Virginia for her undergraduate degree in Political Philosophy, Policy and Law, and her Masters' in Public Policy.
Mike leads the Defense Innovation Accelerator to empower entrepreneurs by facilitating the co-development of startups around breakthrough technologies. Prior to FedTech, Mike led the Sports Tech and Esports focused Global Accelerator at Stadia Ventures and was on the boards of The BALSA Foundation and the Esports Trade Association. He holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, BA from the University of Iowa, and graduated from the Defense Language Institute's Korean Program.
As an associate at FedTech, Ish coordinates and supports FedTech’s programs and operations co-developing startups around breakthrough technologies. Before joining FedTech, Ish served as the COO for a global EduTech startup. He graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in Engineering with a specialization in Engineering Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania.
As an associate at FedTech working on the Corporate Venture and Startup Studios programs, Anya leverages her technical expertise and experience supporting startups with prototyping and business strategy. In addition to completing a Fulbright research fellowship in Germany, Anya earned a Physics BS and a German BA from Creighton University, as well as her PhD in Bioengineering from MIT.
Devin develops and executes events for FedTech's Accelerator Programs, driving stakeholder value across clients, startups, and entrepreneurs. He earned his MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a BS in Psychology from Iowa State University. His experience ranges from cutaneous biology research, venture capital, to start-up development. Well-versed in clinical medicine with a focus on the translation of emerging scientific knowledge into viable products.
Lindsey develops and executes events for FedTech's Accelerator and Startup Studio programs, driving stakeholder value across content, partnerships, and experiences. She graduated from Temple University, where she double majored in Broadcasting-Telecommunications-Mass Media and History. Before joining the FedTech team, Lindsey directed operations for an industry-leading events and entertainment company, while also creating live video productions as a crew member for professional sport teams.
Ben brings his background in teambuilding and market research to conduct research and design programs in support of FedTech’s Accelerator programs. Prior to joining FedTech, he worked in customer support and growth marketing at a B2B marketing platform and as an experiential education facilitator. Ben graduated from Princeton university in 2016 with a B.A. in Sociology and minors in Computer Science and Technology and Society.
As a Senior Analyst at FedTech, Lior works primarily on defense programs for the Accelerators team. Prior to joining FedTech, she supported external affairs and government relations for a small defense contractor. She has also managed international defense events and conferences for a security-focused nonprofit. Lior graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, CT with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Religion.
Gunnar works to facilitate the acceleration of military technologies in coordination with xTechSearch. Gunnar graduated from Franklin and Marshall in 2018 with a B.A. in Biology. After college he worked as an analyst at a biotechnology accelerator/incubator where he interviewed and performed diligence on medical device and pharmaceutical companies.
At FedTech, Sachit supports the Startup Studio programs, evaluating potential technologies from the perspective of building startups. Sachit earned a J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Purdue University. Prior to joining FedTech, Sachit supported technology commercialization as a government contractor for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and drafted patent applications for IBM.
Andrew brings his passion for organizational innovation, human-centered design, entrepreneurship, and designing novel experiences such as accelerators and pitch events to FedTech. Most recently, Andrew worked as a Senior Associate on Chemonics International's Scaled Impact through Innovation and Investment Team. He holds an MSC from the London School of Economics and a BA from McGill University.
Jaclyn provides support for the NASA Startup Studio and assists with FedTech’s Internal Innovation programs. Jaclyn graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in German in June 2020. During her time as an undergraduate she carried out several software engineering internships in Germany and developed an eagerness to connect people to tech.
Nima's main focus is accelerating private businesses in the DoD via the xTech Accelerator in partnership with xTechSearch. Nima earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he concurrently founded and led his first high-growth start-up. Prior to FedTech, he worked as a management consultant focusing on technology adoption and digital strategy.
Bryan primarily focuses on supporting the accelerator portfolio in conjunction with xTechSearch. He also assists in scouting deep tech small businesses with potential DoD use cases. Bryan graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2018 with a B.S in Advertising. After graduation, he helped facilitate the funding of startups with dual-use technologies through DoD entities like the US Air Force and US Army.
Prior to joining FedTech, Manbir worked as a scientist and business development associate at Microbiologics, conducting large-scale studies and advancing business development capabilities. Previously, he was a venture analyst intern at BioHealth Innovation Inc., helping facilitate the growth of biotech start-ups in the DMV region through SBIR funding. He graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2018 with a BA in Biology and received his MS in Biotechnology from Georgetown University in 2020.
As an analyst in the Corporate Ventures team, Alex supports the firm's engagements with the venture and innovation arms of the corporate world. Prior to FedTech, he worked at Starburst, an aerospace-focused VC firm, to help portfolio startups in space and aviation raise their seed and Series A funding rounds. Alex graduated with a BA in Philosophy and minors in political science and physics from New York University, where he interned with a global poverty-reduction NGO.
Duff primarily supports the Internal Innovation team. Prior to FedTech, Duff graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2018 with joint degrees in Economics and Business in the Liberal Arts. After graduation, he worked full-time on his travel-tech startup, OffWeGo. There, he refined his skills in B2B business and partnership development, design thinking, user-centered design, and product management.
As Head of Community, Lirui is focused on FedTech delivering unique value to its various community members. Lirui started her career in consulting at McKinsey & Co. She then joined Expedia and worked abroad in Europe and Canada. Afterwards, she served as Chief of Staff to the CEO for a nonprofit healthcare system. Most recently, Lirui ran a multi-site primary care Medicare business. She teaches MBA students part-time at The Wharton School, and has a BA from Harvard and MBA from Wharton.
Amanda is responsible for marketing, communication, and entrepreneur recruiting. In addition to her role with FedTech, Amanda leads strategic partnerships, communications and technology transfer efforts coming out of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. She earned her BA from Florida International University and her Masters of Professional Studies in Management from The George Washington University.
Lindsey oversees program operations and logistics for the Startup Studios. She also focuses on community building and outreach through her efforts to highlight the FedTech mentor network. Outside of FedTech, Lindsey serves as the Program Manager for DC I-Corps as well as the NSF SBIR/STTR Phase 1 Boot Camp. She received her M.Ed in College Student Personnel Administration as well as her BA in Psychology from James Madison University.
As a Venture Fellow at FedTech, Katie primarily supports the Accelerators team building strong partnerships, developing and executing events, and exploring opportunities for stakeholder engagement. Her experiences prior to FedTech include The White House, Department of Agriculture, and an ag-tech startup, as well as a fellowship at her university’s innovation studio. Katie attended the University of Arkansas and received a B.S. in agricultural business management and communications.
Michael has had the benefit of being part of numerous business journeys throughout his nearly 30 years as an entrepreneur. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was a co-founder and VP of Sales of AIB Software, a software tools company, a co-founder and CEO of LocalEyes, a search engine technology company, and a co-founder and CEO of Cryptonite, a cyber security company. He is now the managing partner of NexLevelBCS.
Dr. Michael Paley served in many roles in Aptima, Inc: CEO; President; EVP; SVP, Business Development; and VP, Government Programs. He currently serves as Director of Aptima, Inc. He is a Human Factors Psychologist and a member of the APA. He received a PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the University of Connecticut and a BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester.
Dr. Ali Andalibi is the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Science at George Mason University and a member of the faculty of the Department of Biology. Dr. Andalibi received his PhD from the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at UCLA and later joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine in UCLA.
Andy is an experienced sales, business development and product management executive with a focus on creating new high tech businesses. A co-founder of Group Logic, he helped grow the company’s base of customers to more than 10,000 globally on the way to its strategic acquisition by Acronis in 2012. Andy earned a BSE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University.
Dr. Frank was the Managing Director of DuPont Ventures where he worked closely with the DuPont businesses to capture new and strategic opportunities in IoT, ML, biotech, food and beverages, electronics, and more. Dr. Frank holds a Master's and PhD from Purdue University in Bioinorganic Chemistry. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from John Carroll University.
Paula is an innovative and resourceful professional with a broad skillset and network developed over 30 years of leadership in academia and innovation ecosystems, both in the U.S. and abroad. As Director of Business Development at the MIT Media Lab, she connected corporates with researchers advancing technology. Paula received her BA from Brown University and her Master in City Planning from MIT.
Jim is a seasoned technology and investment professional with a focus on companies that can have a positive impact on the national security sector. As the Managing Partner of Lavrock Ventures and Founding Member of Blu Venture Investors, he spends a significant amount of his time scouting for world-class, game-changing technology. He has taught entrepreneurship and early stage investing at Georgetown University (since 2001) and Notre Dame.