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Accelerating Innovation to Market Through the VC Lens

  • Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center (map)

Panel will describe how the VCs and serial entrepreneurs are helping to bring innovation to market. Audience will hear from local investors and entrepreneurs on what they are seeing as investable businesses, gaps in the market, and opportunities the startup world and government should pay attention to.


Brian MacCarthy

Managing Director/Principal DC Innovation Center and strategic Innovation Hubs (iHubs), Booz Allen Hamilton

Brian MacCarthy leads Booz Allen Hamilton’s DC Innovation Center (DCIC) and strategic Innovation Hubs (iHubs) in San Francisco, Austin, Seattle, Central Maryland and Boston. The DCIC is the firm’s premier innovation facility located in Washington, DC and has hosted over 35,000... Read More →


Chris Eng

Senior Associate, Sands Capital Ventures

Chris is a Senior Associate at Sands Capital Ventures, where he supports the team’s efforts on investments in the artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and IT infrastructure sectors. Prior to Sands Capital Ventures, Chris worked as a Business Operations Manager at Merlon Intelligence... Read More →

Maurice Boissiere

Chief Customer Officer, DataTribe

Maurice helps founders build their venture faster. With over 20-year s of product leadership experience at early-stage ventures, he is the Chief Customer Officer at DataTribe, a cybersecurity start-up studio, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland where he teaches... Read More →

Kristina Francis

Principal, DC Inclusive Innovation Fund

Kristina Francis is a Principal with the DC Inclusive Innovation Fund, a private growth fund that invests in pre-seed, seed, and pre-Series A stage companies majority-owned and/or controlled by underrepresented entrepreneurs. With over 20 years in systems and product development... Read More →

Marla Blow

Founder & CEO, FS Card

Marla Blow is the Founder and CEO of FS Card, a startup credit card company (sold to strategic acquirer in December 2018), and serves as a Partner with Fenway Summer. In February 2018, Ms. Blow joined the Board of Directors of, the world's largest online marketplace for finding... Read More →

Later Event: September 9
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