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.
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 deep tech 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.
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.
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.
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.
Thom leverages experiential coaching and learning to empower scientists, inventors and researchers to be more entrepreneurial and commercialize services. As a strategist, innovator, and design researcher with 20 years experience with companies in different stages of growth, Thom has successfully lead dozens of new product development, launch and improvement efforts. Thom received his MBA from Northeastern University and completed Stanford’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship program.
Lindsey oversees company-wide operational components such as accounting, budget optimization, strategic planning, policy design, and implementation of technology solutions. Prior to FedTech, Lindsey was heavily involved in NSF I-Corps and SBIR/STTR Boot Camp activities, supporting 2,000+ teams with customer discovery activities, all culminating in over a decade of program management experience. She received her M.Ed and BA in Psychology from James Madison University.
Rob has over 20 years of marketing and digital strategy experience. He is a co-founder and former CEO of Web.com – acquired by Interland, Inc. (NASDAQ: INLD) in 2006. Rob also led Strategy for Airwave Wireless (an idealab! company), served as Global Head of Digital Strategy Consulting for Amadeus, was a Principal Consultant in Digital Transformation for BT Americas, and headed sales and marketing for T.A. Monroe Digital Agency.
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.
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.
Douglas leads the Technical and Business Assistance (TABA) team. He's served in a number of leadership roles, due to his entrepreneurial spirit. Douglas studied at the University of San Francisco, earning a B.S. in Information Systems Management.
James works to develop and advance policy initiatives that democratize access to technology and unlock the benefits of that technology to enrich the lives of every person on the planet. He served more than a decade as Chief of Staff to Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly and has spent his career working at the intersection of government and technology. He holds a BA in Politics from New York University.
Anya works on the Corporate Venture and Startup Studios programs, leveraging 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.
Jack leads FedTech's office in Austin, Texas. He previously led a defense innovation consulting firm focused on guiding new technologies through government contracting and federal grant opportunities. Before his time as a civilian, he served in the US Navy in the Expeditionary Warfare community. Jack received his BS and MBA from Norwich University and a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from The University of Texas at Austin.
Crystal is a human-centered thinker with 15 years of experience in higher education launching and designing new academic programs/curriculums. During her time at the Maryland Institute College of Art, she launched the MPS User Experience Design program and lead/supervised the dual degree MA/MBA Design Leadership program focused on design thinking and the human-centered design approach. She transitioned out of higher ed to get more involved in mission-based work with organizations.
Aesha works on FedTech’s Startup Studio program. Aesha brings multi-sector finance and operational expertise from her years in government, private sector, startups and social impact organizations. Aesha sits on the Virginia Council on Women, an advisory board to the governor. She holds a Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, MBA from DeSales University, and BS in Finance and Economics from Drexel University.
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.
Greta brings her passion for entrepreneurship to the Homeland Security Startup Studio. She leverages her startup expertise cultivated from working for startups in the technology, medical device and healthcare spaces. Prior to joining FedTech, she also worked in consulting and market research. Greta holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina and a BA from the University of Michigan.
Maria is on the Accelerator team helping to lead FedTech’s efforts within the U.S. Army Applied SBIR program where she brings her technical insight and scientific strategies. Maria received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Massachussets, Boston.
Prior to joining FedTech, Thomas received his PhD in Physics - Materials Science from the Australian National University and then worked as a research scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Geophysical Laboratory. As part of the technology sourcing team, he coordinates with inventors and technology transfer partners on IP portfolio analysis and technology sourcing for FedTech’s Startup Studio programs.
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.
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.
Hannah is part of the Growth Team where she helps develop the FedTech brand and recruit for the Startup Studios program. With her content and marketing strategy, she positions FedTech as a thought leader in the deep tech space. Prior to FedTech, she helped grow companies at a marketing agency where she worked with tech startups to develop their brands. Hannah has BAs in journalism and French from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Alex works on the Corporate Ventures team, where he 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.
Stephanie supports FedTech’s Defense Innovation Acceleration (DIA) program. As part of her role, she is committed to developing entrepreneurial communities, crafting educational curriculums, and ensuring entrepreneurs are equipped with resources to help them succeed. Prior to joining FedTech, Stephanie worked in finance and research. She graduated with a double-major in Finance and Management from the University of Houston & a Masters in Liberal Arts from Harvard University
Robert brings his passion for government and innovation to the Startup Studio team as an Analyst for the Homeland Security Startup Studio. He graduated with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government and a minor in Entrepreneurship from American University. While earning his degree he developed business models and conducted customer discovery interviews using the Lean Start-Up Model, participating in American University’s I-CORPS cohort.
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.
Christian supports a range of projects for the U.S. Army and Bureau of Reclamation. Christian graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia. Prior to FedTech, Christian conducted research for a biomaterials startup, led diversity initiatives, and started a successful nonprofit.
Devin focuses on supporting the Accelerators and Internal Innovation teams. Prior to FedTech, he was a participant in the Startup Studios Program where he worked with NIST to commercialize technology from their labs. Devin attended Texas Christian University where he founded two companies and graduated with a B.S. in Economics. Devin is currently seeking an MS in Applied Economics from the University of Maryland and sits on the Lighting and Economics committee.
As a member of the Human Resources team, Zac spends his day serving as a resource to employees, ensuring they have all of the tools they need to be successful. Zac holds a B.S. in Healthcare Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and he is currently pursuing a M.S. in Human Resources Management from Troy University.
Joel primarily supports the startup studio programs. He brings with him a background in the early stage ecosystems with experience working in startups, incubators, and early stage funds. Joel graduated from Arizona State University where he received his B.S. in Technological Entrepreneurship & Management and M.S. in Innovation & Venture Development.
Andrew graduated from the George Washington University School of Business with majors in Finance and Statistics. While in college Andrew helped build a FinTech startup and was a leader on campus and in the business school. On the Internal Innovation team, Andrew aims to help clients innovate and ideate within different research areas.
Naureen A. Azeez supports technology scouting and due diligence for corporate clients. Naureen graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A., double majoring in Neuroscience and Medicine, Health & Society. Previously, she worked on assessing the commercial potential of early-stage technologies in healthcare and aerospace sectors.
Felipe supports FedTech’s Accelerators team. Prior to joining the FedTech, he worked at a management consulting firm where he helped manage numerous evaluations of USAID projects. Felipe graduated from American University where he majored in international studies and partook in political and government-related internship experiences.
Geoff spent 28 years as a Foreign Service Office at the US Department of State working on critical foreign policy and national security challenges, serving as a US diplomat in Europe and the Middle East. He moved to the private sector in 2018 to advise technology companies how to do business with the federal government. Geoff has mentored startups with FedTech since 2018 and supports the Accelerators team on several xTech accelerator programs.
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.