The Defense Industrial Bases of the US and allied countries are playing catch up after decades of neglect to other national priorities and industry-wide over-consolidation. In response, governments have come to understand the importance of synchronizing capital, innovation and national security. The new aim(1) is to incentivizing innovation through competition – akin to the successful commercial tech VC/PE industries – and thus driving the private sector to offer the defense industries its best technical solutions at a best-value cost and price.
On the seed investing level, Defense Tech Investing has the benefit of several US federal agency award programs. As technologies are proven and move towards commercialization, they may receive additional public funding and become of interest to private investors. This eco-system of public capital, private investors and high-growth defense tech companies is set to grow, with Defense Tech Investing becoming a larger part of the alternative investing industry.
This investor event showcases Defense Tech focused funds and companies to investors. The underlying tech includes next-era defense applications, including: UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems), UWAS (Underwater Autonomous Systems), Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV), Drone and Counter-drone systems, Sensors and Surveillance, Renewable Energy solutions, Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing, Composites, Medtech solutions, Augmented Reality, Robotics, Space tech, A.I. and Data Analytics, among others.
This event is live, in-person, with panel discussions and private meetings. The event concludes with a networking reception. Participants are given access to a dedicated online Catalyst Event Portal, with easy access to the agenda, meetings schedule and participants list with profile data. The event is small and exclusive, with only around 30 participants in a controlled environment.
The introductions are arranged prior the events, in an investor driven fashion based on the merits of each manager and the requests made by the investors. There are no service providers, only managers and investors.
Investors are pre-screened and pre-qualified prior the events, by completing a COIN questionnaire. Investors constitute predominantly single and multi-family offices, investor intermediaries, and end-investors, located in the US but also internationally.
This event production builds on Catalyst’s history and successful track record in putting together industry-recognized and effective capital raising events.
1. DoD Report, February 2022. State of Competition within the Defense Industrial Base.
Special Event Considerations: This is scheduled to be an in-person event. However, please see our event terms at registration for possible changes.
This event does not have any guarantee of minimum # of meetings and no money-back guarantee.
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