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FedTech Frontier Venture Summit

A culmination of FedTech's Startup Studio program featuring finalist pitches, our keynote speaker, and a vote for the best startup pitch

Thursday, April 22, 2021

 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT

About FedTech Frontier Venture Summit

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


FedTech partnered with the Department of Energy (DoE), the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to run a Startup Studio program to help teams realize the commercial potential of these inventions. The technological areas represented range from counterfeit chip detection to biomedical devices.

The FedTech Frontier Venture Summit is an opportunity for these startup teams to pitch in front of a panel of experts, and for the rest of the community to come together to learn, network, and celebrate.




3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT


Welcome Remarks by FedTech

Remarks by Paul Kewene-Hite

6-min Pre-Recorded Team Pitches

3-min Q&A with Investor Panel and Audience

Audience Voting


Closing Remarks 

Keynote Speaker

Paul Kewene-Hite, Keynote at FedTech Frontier Venture Summit
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Paul Kewene-Hite

Award-Winning Author | Co-Founder of Mātanga Hāpai | Martial Arts Enthusiast

Paul is a graduate of Harvard University, a career professional entrepreneur, an Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD, and co-founder, with his wife Natasha, of the business consulting practice Mātanga Hāpai in New Zealand.



At INSEAD, he won the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching multiple times. He has taught in the MBA, EMBA, and Executive Education programs. Before joining INSEAD, Paul held roles in companies ranging from technical support to CEO. In addition to various roles in small companies, his big company experience was as a Technology Evangelist at Apple, and Director of New Business Development and Strategic Planning at NEC.



He is the author of Survive & Thrive: Entrepreneurship Frameworks That Work, which offers easy to follow guides to create entrepreneurial initiatives.

The Teams

Chipylitics  - Startup from FedTech Startup Studio

Data-Driven Quality Assurance for Semiconductors

Low-grade, counterfeit semiconductors pose an estimated $200 billion risk per year to the global electronics supply chain. Existing chip-level quality assurance techniques are expensive and limited to a subset of sampled components. Chiplytics™ implements a novel, patented electrical testing procedure called Power Spectrum Analysis (PSA) to ensure that all chips beyond a sample set are authentic and defect-free.



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Smart Manufacturing
FedTech Fall Startup Studio 2020
CooSorbent  - Startup from FedTech Startup Studio

Fueling Raw Innovation

COOSorbent is a modular biogas upgrading solution. Our technology upgrades biogas to 99% purity and higher, making it ready to be injected directly into existing natural gas pipelines. Our patented chemical sorbent technology does all this while with <1% loss of methane during the upgrading process. Once upgraded, renewable natural gas qualifies for California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, raising the value of the gas from $3/MMBTU to $75/MMBTU.



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Energy, Agriculture, Transportation
FedTech Fall Startup Studio 2020
DCT  - Startup from FedTech Startup Studio

Smart Home As a Service

We offer a smart home platform that controls your smart home device management responsibilities and functions using the algorithm foresee™ developed by the Department of Energy’s NREL to provide predictable energy savings. Our revenue model will include a one-time setup fee with recurring revenues from an annual subscription with potential revenue streams from add-on services.



FedTech Program

Douglas Commonwealth Technologies
Smart Home
FedTech Fall Startup Studio 2020
Nella Solutions  - Startup from FedTech Startup Studio

Eliminating Legionnaires’ Disease at the Source


Nella Solutions eradicates legionella and other waterborne diseases at the source - in hot water heaters. Our solution kills bacteria in water heaters at elevated temperatures and releases sanitized water for safe use to all parties. Nella Solutions purifies water, free of deadly bacteria, where it matters most.



FedTech Program

Nella Solutions
FedTech Fall Startup Studio 2020
Chipper - Startup from FedTech Startup Studio

Human Metabolism at Microscale

Chipper’s technology is a novel multi-organ microphysiological system (also known as a body-on-a-chip) engineered to detect acute toxicity of small molecule drugs and other compounds. This system is a microfluidic cell culture device that contains chambers to house several organ-specific tissues, sourced from human primary or stem cells. These chambers are connected via microfluidic channels to enable the recirculation of cell medium to replicate both known and unknown metabolic pathways.



FedTech Program

Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical
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Meredith Cass Panelist at FedTech Frontier Venture Summit

Meridith (Unger) Cass

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Before founding Nix, Meridith helped launch six life science startups with several venture capital and creation firms. Meridith is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Nix.

Rick Stockburger Panelist at FedTech

Rick Stockburger 

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Rick Stockburger is a decorated combat veteran and the President and CEO of BRITE. As a founder himself, he has had the opportunity to lead many individuals and help many companies innovate and grow. 

Jai Malik Panelist at FedTech

Jai Malik

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Jai Malik is the founder and General Partner at Countdown Capital, as well as the founder & chairman of Mission Control. Jai is passionate about building startup ecosystems in the Midwest and all types of analytic philosophy.

Alexander Harstick Panelist at FedTech

Alexander Harstick

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Alexander is the Managing Partner at J2 Ventures, a part-time reservist, and Principal in the DIU's National Security Innovation Capital. He is  energized by meeting and helping founders leading companies that have the potential to disrupt large enterprises for the better.

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