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 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.
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.
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.
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.
As Head of Operations, 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.
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.
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.
James is the Head of Policy at FedTech, working 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.
As a Sr. 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.
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 Chief of Staff for the FedTech Accelerator team, Lindsey facilitates operations and strategy. She leads numerous programs, interacts with key stakeholders, and manages resources. She graduated from Temple University, where she double majored in Broadcasting-Telecommunications-Mass Media and History. Before joining FedTech, Lindsey directed operations for an industry-leading events and entertainment company, while also directing live video productions for professional sport teams.
As an Associate at FedTech, Greta brings her passion for entrepreneurship to the Homeland Security Startup Studio. Greta 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.
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.
At FedTech, Prad is a Senior Analyst focused on DeepTech Acceleration for HBCU’s. Prior, he led tech initiatives for impact for the UN, MIT Media Lab, Harvard Kennedy School, Firefly Aerospace, and SpaceX. He also applies tech towards justice with Harvard and helps support tech social entrepreneurs globally at MIT Solve. Pradeepan completed his Bachelor’s in Neurobiology at UT Austin, his Master’s in Business Management at Harvard, and a post grad tenure at Oxford in Int’l Human Rights Law.
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.
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.
Kestra brings a background in intercultural competence, cross-cultural relationships and premier project planning and management to design programs in support of FedTech’s Accelerator team. Prior to FedTech, she worked at Georgia Institute of Technology developing and marketing a novel graduate program, while simultaneously earning a Master of Science in Global Media and Cultures. Kestra earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and German from East Carolina University.
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.
Stephanie Bobak is an analyst supporting 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.
As an Analyst 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.
As an Analyst in the Accelerators portfolio, 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.
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.
Don has 30+ years of experience with innovation in science and technology. As former Director of the Strategic Technology Office at DARPA, he created and led initiatives that transitioned science and technology programs to operational customers. Don is currently the Director of Innovation and Partnerships at the University of Maryland. He received a BS and MS From Clarkson University and a MS from Johns Hopkins University. He is a veteran of the US Army.
Trang serves as the Executive Director of the Venture Lab at the Wharton School of Business. She has led global, matrixed teams of 50+ to help Federal agencies, international development organizations, and nonprofits invest in tech ventures, bring new products to market, and drive large-scale business transformations. She received her BA from Swarthmore College and an MBA from the Wharton School.