Public Funding Options During & After the Pandemic

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Some startups and early stage businesses can get needed funds from angels, VCs, crowdfunding, or sources discussed in the “Future of Private Funding” session. Yet, many entrepreneurs need to consider options such as self-funding, friends and family, government programs (e.g., SBIRs, contracts), bank loans, and federal, state and local tax and similar incentives. This panel will explore these alternatives to fuel your company. Special consideration will be made for a post Covid-19 world.


Ed Albrigo
President and CEO, the Center of Innovative Technology (CIT)
Under Ed’s leadership, the company has expanded its venture investing and innovation and business acceleration activities into new areas such as smart infrastructure, cybersecurity and autonomous systems. He also led the company’s founding of the Virginia Founders Fund, a venture fund for Virginia populations, e.g., women, minorities and veterans. Read full profile…

John Davis
CEO, SBIR Resource Center
His firm is lead by John Davis, General Manager, who has more than 30 years of progressive experience as a Technician, Research Engineer, Department Manager, Program Manager, Director of Engineering, Business Area Director (marketing) and Division Manger in government R&D contracting. Read full profile…

Natalia Olson-Urtecho
Co-Founder, Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer at The Disruptive Factory
Natalia Olson-Urtecho is a serial entrepreneur and recognized expert in finance, government, smart cities, commercialization of technologies. Prior to cofounding The Disruptive Factory, she was appointed by President Obama as the SBA Regional Administrator managing yearly 35 billion dollars in government contracts and 8 billion in loans for SMEs. Read full profile…

Charles “Tee” Rowe
President & CEO, America’s SBDC
C. E. “Tee” Rowe is the President and CEO of America’s SBDC, the association representing Small Business Development Centers, a nationwide network of over 1,000 centers providing free, confidential counseling and low cost training to small business owners. He joined America’s SBDC in August of 2009. Read full profile…