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 2013 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 business development to recruiting to operations. 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 of the 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, Farah brings her experience working with a wide array of entrepreneurs to drive collaboration and growth within the FedTech community. She has a professional background in non-profit leadership, startup support, advocacy, and communications. She holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University and a master’s degree specializing in Business for Social Impact from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.
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.
Gunnar is an Analyst at FedTech. He 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.
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.
Trinity graduated from the College of William and Mary with dual majors in Public Policy and Psychology and has a background in strategy and marketing. Prior to joining FedTech, she worked on a global commercial strategy team at Hilton, consulting on high priority global projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
JP is an experienced executive with over 15 years in the innovation consulting and cybersecurity industry. He is currently working on the global growth of a high tech start-up focusing on customer discovery and partnership management. JP has served as a mentor of the FedTech program since 2015. He received his B.S. in Physics from Korea University and passed the doctoral qualifying examination in science policy at Georgia Institute of Technology.