TechBUZZ2018-10-03T21:24:31+00:00

CHEERS TO YOU

TechBUZZ FALL 2018

MAVA convened more than 300+ entrepreneurs, corporate industry, and investors and researchers at its recurring, flagship TechBUZZ program focused on innovation and entrepreneurship on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at The Hotel at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. The last of three editions hosted this year; TechBUZZ Fall 2018 incorporated a packed and ground-breaking VIP morning session focused on market-leading applications and the advanced technologies shaping the future of commercial enterprises.

To date, 21 sessions of TechBUZZ have featured 400 companies on stage. Post presentation, these companies have gone on to raise more than $850M in disclosed, seed stage funding. Learn more about the purpose and history of TechBUZZ.

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2019 Applications

16 PRESENTING COMPANIES

6 MOMENTUM STAGE COMPANIES & 10 EARLY MARKET ENTRANTS REPRESENTING 5 EAST COAST STATES + THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

The East Coast has emerged as a hotbed for tech and tech-enabled companies addressing key business and consumer problems. MAVA’s new TechBUZZ program lineup now permanently includes ten early market entrants – many presenting their business for the first time in front of the professional business community – and six more advanced “T/B Momentum” companies with proven customer traction.

Companies selected to present on the TechBUZZ stage represented a diverse range of industry sectors for which the mid-Atlantic region is known, including data/analytics, cloud, cybersecurity, healthIT, fintech, software/SaaS, and more.

INVESTOR INSIGHTS

ACTIVE INVESTORS BRINGING REAL-TIME PERSPECTIVES

Since launching in 2011, representatives from more than 100+ angel, institutional, and corporate venture funds have participated in the TechBUZZ program. From selection to coaching to briefing sessions to offering industry insights on stage TechBUZZ is an in-depth program that spans the entire year.

The 20th Edition featured real-time feedback and insights from some of the East Coast’s leading investors, including:

Joe Lipscomb, Partner, Arborview Capital
Jillian Manus, Managing Partner, Structure Capital
Jim Pastoriza, Managing Partner, TDF Ventures*

(Featured left to right)
*MAVA Investor Member

INSPIRING STORIES

FROM CORPORATE LEADERS

Jennifer Kaelin, Chief Financial Officer of Raleigh, North Carolina-based Pendo, who delivered Luncheon Keynote remarks on the heels of the company’s recent close of a $50M Series D funding round led by Sapphire Ventures, which will be used to drive market and geographic expansion into Europe and Asia. Kaelin joined Pendo after serving as the CFO of SciQuest, which grew from $9M to $110M in revenue during her tenure. With $106M of cumulative venture funding, Pendo is one of the most promising companies in the North Carolina software industry and one to watch, having increased revenues by 400% in 2017 alone, and now with operations in four countries.

Kevin Boyce, newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer of Arlington, Virginia-based Higher Logic, who delivered the Opening Keynote remarks focused on the organization’s significant growth and success across the past 10 years. Higher Logic’s leadership position in the market enabled it to partner with JMI Equity, in 2016 and successfully acquire four companies in 2017.

Sonatype’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development Bill Karpovich delivered the Closing Keynote remarks focused on relying upon experience, data, and conviction to weather through a challenged business strategy to build a high-growth business in what appeared to be an undesirable market segment. A record year for Sonatype, the company recently closed an $80M private equity funding round led by TPG in early September, following an 81% increase in year-over-year sales in 1H 2018 and a 117% increase in year-over-year pipeline ACV/deals.

ENGINEERING OUR FUTURE

Presented by MAVA and the University of Maryland, an exclusive pre-program session focused on key industry trends and areas of mutual interest to leaders of industry, investment professionals, academia and companies for innovation and technology roundtable discussions.

Steered by leaders in their respective fields, discussion topics included: Transformative Technologies: AR/VR, Deriving the Full Potential from IoT, The Future is Cloud: Architecting for Scale, The New Age of Content Delivery, Privacy and Physical & Digital Security, Harnessing the Power of Data: Machine Learning and AI, The Changing Landscape for UX/UI, The Future of Fintech, Powering the Future: Clean Energy, and Efficiencies in Health Delivery.

This event featured the first time the University of Maryland partnered with an external organization to undertake a campus-wide entrepreneurship program.

Leading these discussions were representatives from:

ON THE LEADING EDGE: QUANTUM COMPUTING

VIP Morning Session Kick-Off Panel

The Panel Featured
AARON SISTO, Ph.D. In-Q-Tel*
VIC PUTZ, D.PHIL Senior Quantum Engineer, QC Ware
CHRISTOPHER MONROE, Ph.D. Distinguished University Professor & Bice Seci-Zorn Professor, University of Marlyand; Co-founder & CEO, IonQ

(left to right)

*MAVA Member

MOMENTUM PRESENTERS

EARLY FINANCING SECURED    REVENUE & CUSTOMER TRACTION

Demonstrated market traction with >$2M in ARR, have secured early financing round/s are growing at least 50% yearly growth and seeking institutional or corporate capital to facilitate this growth.

CYBRARY    Cyber Security/EdTech

Cybrary is creating the ability to bring all the best cyber security learning elements and content together, from the people who are doing it, the people who have done it, the people who have learned from it and the companies that are innovating on it, and deliver that for free to anyone who needs or wants to learn from it.

KNOWLEDGE TO PRACTICE    EDTECH

Knowledge to Practice’s healthcare education solutions help transform patient care, enable continuity of care, and mitigate risks across hospitals and healthcare systems.

M3D    3D Printing

M3D is a printer innovation and manufacturing company that makes cutting edge technologies more affordable and easy to use.

PHONE2ACTION    Mobile / CRM

Phone2Action is the nation’s leading digital advocacy platform for public policy campaigns, powering movements that change the world.

VEMO EDUCATION    EDTECH

Vemo Education is a mission-driven educational technology company focused on expanding educational access for all Americans. We partner directly with colleges, universities, and other educational providers to design, implement, and maintain income share agreement (ISA) programs to help increase educational opportunity and reduce financial barriers to economic mobility.

3CLogic    Software/SaaS

3CLogic provides leading speech-enabled solutions for Global 2000 clients to improve CX, operational efficiencies and reporting using AI and advanced analytics.   The platform tightly integrates with leading CRMs, including ServiceNow, Salesforce, and SugarCRM.

TechBUZZ PRESENTERS

SEED & EARLY TO MARKET STAGE    CUSTOMER VALIDATION

Companies that have recently entered the marketplace and have achieved customer validation or early traction.

BOUNCE IMAGING    Robotics/Virtual Reality

Bounce Imaging makes advanced 360-degree/VR imaging systems for first-responders. Their throwable 360-degree and K-9 cameras provide unprecedented situational awareness, allowing many users to look in different directions on their smartphone, tablet, or VR headset.

CARYRX    HealthTech

CaryRx is a tech infused pharmacy of the future. Via their mobile app, they deliver prescriptions on-demand to Washington DC and 2-day service for Maryland and Virginia, for the same copay as traditional pharmacies.

FLOREO    EdTech/HealthTech

Floreo leverages the power of virtual reality to develop a platform that delivers immersive, fun, and affordable lessons for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Their learning tool’s ever-growing content is based on established social and communication techniques intended to help individuals with ASD build real world skills.

GEL-E    HealthTech

gel-e is a clinical-stage medical device company developing versatile hemostatic products for surgical, medical, and consumer applications. With an initial focus on external wounds, gel-e combines the use of safe, inert ingredients with proprietary chemistry that can be designed for use across a broad spectrum of clinical applications, including vascular closure and during surgery.

INTELLEI    Software/SaaS

Intellei’s mission is to make communication between individuals and organizations as easy as texting between friends. Intellei’s SaaS platform enables organizations to use AI-powered chatbots engage 1:1 with its audience via SMS, Facebook Messenger, and other mobile messaging networks. Ready with pre-built skills, Intellei chatbots can be used for every part of a customer lifecycle, from marketing to onboarding to customer support. Using Intellei, an organization can carry on personalized conversations with each of its prospects and customers, without adding any staff.

MALARTU    Fintech/Data Analysis

Malartu is an automated reporting and business intelligence platform for accountants, advisors, and investors to generate insights from client and portfolio data. Malartu’s unique approach enables their customers to provide insightful, timely, and actionable advice to their clients and portfolios.

MILEMARKER    EdTech

MileMarker is the leader in on-the-job, real-time, mobile assessment software for apprentice training. Initially targeting the medical market, MileMarker saves critical faculty time, reduces costs, shortens the feedback loop, meets regulatory requirements and increases efficiency.

PET CONNECT    Software/SaaS

Pet Connect is a sales & marketing platform for pet businesses and a pet-friendly, mobile community for pet owners. They help pet owners connect to all the resources they need through a mobile experience, while helping businesses showcase their brands and sell their services within the community.

SORCERO    Software/SaaS

Sorcero is a workforce knowledge and learning solution that helps employees find better answers by bridging the gap between learning and productivity with all the simplicity of asking a question—directly in your workflow.

UNTETHERED LABS    Security/Cyber

Untethered Labs prevents unauthorized access to computers. Their product GateKeeper, is a combination of wireless hardware, and software tools for automatically locking computer systems and providing secure access on demand. Our active proximity based locking of computer is unique in the market since we do not rely on timeout policies or require the users to do perform any actions to lock computers. Easily scalable from 5 to 5000 computers, our enterprise platform makes it easy for organizations to comply with policies like HIPAA and CJIS.

AGENDA

September 20, 2018

10:00 | PRE-MAIN EVENT VIP REGISTRATION

Registration, Networking

10:30 | VIP-MORNING SESSION

From Theory to Reality: On the Leading Edge with Quantum Computing

Aaron Sisto, Ph.D., Technology Architect, In-Q-Tel*

Christopher Monroe, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, University of Maryland and Co-Founder & CEO, IonQ

Vic Putz, D.Phil, Senior Quantum Engineer, QC Ware

*MAVA Member

Technology Use Case Breakout Roundtable Discussions

12:00 | VIP LUNCHEON REMARKS

Opening Remarks: Darryll Pines, Ph.D., Dean and Nariman Farvardin Professor of Aerospace Engineering, A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland

Luncheon Keynote: Jennifer Kaelin, CFO, Pendo

1:00 | MAIN PROGRAM REGISTRATION

Registration, Networking & Demo Tables

2:00 | KEYNOTE

Kevin Boyce, CEO, Higher Logic*

*MAVA Member

2:30 | PRESENTATIONS

TechBUZZ Company Presentations and Investor Feedback Panel

Joseph Lipscomb, Arborview Capital
Jillian Manus, Structure VC
Jim Pastoriza, TDF Ventures*

*MAVA Member

3:00 | BREAK

Demo Tables Open & Refreshments

3:30 | PRESENTATIONS

T/B Momentum Companies

4:00 | CLOSING ADDRESS

20 Years of Startups: 4 Lessons that I Learned the Hard Way

Bill Karpovich, SVP, Strategy & Corporate Development, Sonatype*

*MAVA Member

4:30 | NETWORKING

Reception

THE EAST COAST’S PREMIER PLATFORM FOR NEXT-GENERATION TECH COMPANIES

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Exclusive VIP pre-program and luncheon for professional investors, tech and tech-enabled companies, invited University of Maryland faculty and graduate students, and corporate sponsors

  • Early- and Momentum-stage companies sharing their business story on stage

  • Funded CEOs and industry luminaries sharing lessons learned, best practices, and insights on what it takes to build successful growth enterprises

  • Strategic customers and investors – for now and for later

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TechBUZZ Fall 2018 was hosted in conjunction with the

A. James Clark School of Engineering

Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship

Division of Research

Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech)

UM Ventures

The University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship university and one of the nation’s preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 40,000 students, 10,000 faculty and staff, and 352,000 alumni all dedicated to the pursuit of Fearless Ideas.

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