Invest NY: Future of Aerospace and Defense, presented by NYSTAR and Upstate Capital is an event to highlight the defense and aerospace industry and innovation in Upstate New York. This event brings together members from established aerospace and defense companies, investors and dealmakers together with entrepreneurs and startups.
Startup pitches for new technology, services and companies
Conversations with business owners and CEOs building aerospace and defense businesses
Discussions with industry experts and investors in aerospace and defense
Agenda & Speakers
Invitation only: CEO Roundtable with Jeremy Shure, Grasshopper Bank
Chief Revenue Officer, Grasshopper Bank
Jeremy Shure is Global Head of Early State Practice at Grasshopper Bank, where he helps to define and executive Grasshopper Bank’s mission to deliver tailored banking for founders and funds by empowering innovation through exceptional service and technological advances in banking. Prior to joining Grasshopper Bank, he was a Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank and led its Early Stage Practice for the East Coast.LinkedIn
Future of Aerospace and Defense Showcase
Hosted Networking (in-person facility tours)
Keynote Speaker – Tim Sakulich
Executive Director, Air Force Research Laboratory
Timothy Sakulich, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Executive Director, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is the Principal Assistant to the Commander and the Senior Civilian Executive responsible for managing the Air Force’s $3 billion science and technology program along with an additional $3 billion of externally funded research and development. He serves a government workforce of approximately 6,500 people in the laboratory’s nine component technology directorates, 711th Human Performance Wing, and AFWERX.
Mr. Sakulich began his Air Force career in 1984 as a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. Upon commissioning, he was awarded a scholarship to attend graduate school at North Carolina State University where he received a Master of Science degree in applied mathematics. He has held diverse technical and leadership positions, including those in operations research, logistics, international security cooperation, science and technology and programs and resources. During the course of his active-duty career, Mr.Sakulich served in assignments at base level, an air logistics center, research laboratory, two major command headquarters, a combatant command headquarters, a defense agency and the Joint Staff.
Building AX Enterprize with MC Chruscicki and Pat Baskinger of AX Enterprize, moderated by Noa Simons of Upstate Capital
Noa Conger Simons
President & CEO
Noa Conger Simons is an entrepreneur, an investor, and a community builder. She has been the Executive Director of Upstate Capital since 2016, and started the Capital Foundation in 2018. After graduating from Brandeis University, she worked through a private family office as a venture capital investor and executive leader for both nonprofit and for-profit startups through 2015. She has led turnaround management projects, as well as teams doing fundamental research, and web platform development. She sourced investment opportunities, conducted due diligence, structured agreements with founders, and managed portfolio investments. She co-founded the Hudson Valley Startup Fund in 2015 and led day-to-day management through 2019. She leads the NYBPC, New York’s intercollegiate business plan competition for emerging entrepreneurs where the focus is on education, equity and inclusion, and launching new ventures. She serves on boards, investment and advisory committees across New York, and independently, as a mentor, advisor and consultant to select startups and small businesses.LinkedIn
Middle Market PE-Backed Growth Stories in Aerospace & Defense with Greg Wales of Ventoux Industrial Holdings, Mike Faulkner of Weco Manufacturing Group and David Kocen of Bluehenge Capital Partners.
Ventoux Industrial Holdings
Greg is a Managing Partner at Ventoux Industrial Holdings where he utilizes his skills in sourcing acquisitions and guiding corporate restructurings of distressed businesses. Greg has extensive experience in manufacturing, with a specific focus on metal forming and precision machining.LinkedIn
Weco Manufacturing Group
Mike has over 30 years experience in providing engineered solutions to meet the challenges of an industrial customer base. For the last 12 years, he’s led industrial manufacturing businesses of varying sizes and is currently serving as the CEO of the Weco Manufacturing Group.LinkedIn
Ari David Kocen
Bluehenge Capital Partners
David Kocen is Managing Member at Bluehenge Capital Partners, a $180 million fund. He invests in unitranche/ mezzanine loans and minority equity investments from $3MM to $25MM in size. Previously, David managed the New York investment office of Stonehenge Capital Company for 14 years, overseeing all fund and portfolio matters for the firm in the Northeast US.LinkedIn
CEO Conversation: The AIS Story with Charles Green and Dan Kalil, moderated by Heather Hage of Griffiss Institute
Assured Information Security
Dan Kalil is the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and Co-Founder of AIS. As CCO, Kalil leads AIS’s commercial strategy with a focus on growth, diversity, profitability and reinvestment into the company’s advancement of next-generation cybersecurity research and development.LinkedIn
Assured Information Security
Charles Green is the Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Assured Information Security (AIS). Green has more than 20 years of experience in offensive and defensive information operations, as well as Department of Defense (DoD) information assurance (IA) research and development.LinkedIn
VC Perspectives in Aerospace & Defense with Jonathan Greene of NY Ventures, Daniel Hanks of Lavrock Ventures and Thomas Hendrix of Decisive Point
Senior Investment Director, NY Ventures
Jonathan Greene is Senior Investment Director at NY Ventures, investing in innovative startup companies across New York State. He in an investor and Board Observer in GiveGab (acquired 2021), Ursa Space Systems, Ekostinger, Mosaic Microsystems, and Post Process.LinkedIn
General Partner, Lavrock Ventures
Daniel is a Founding General Partner of Lavrock Ventures and has served as an investor, founder, advisor, and operator with a wide variety of early-stage companies.LinkedIn
Founding Partner @ Decisive Point
Thomas leads venture strategy, business operations, and finance for Decisive Point. Previously, he has held roles in venture capital and at early-stage startups. Thomas began his career in the private sector at Blackstone after serving in the U.S. Army for nearly 10-years as an Infantry and Special Forces Officer. Thomas earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and holds a BS in American Legal Systems from the United States Military at West Point.
Networking (in-person cocktail reception) – Innovare’s Summer Soiree
Who Will Be There?
Aerospace + Defense will be attended by startup entrepreneurs and innovators, experienced executives, active investors and industry professionals in military, engineering and technician industries
In-person tickets: $150 and $100 for Upstate Capital members.
Online ticket: $75 and free for Upstate Capital members.
Not yet an Upstate Capital member? Become a member and get a free pass to Invest NY: Future of Aerospace & Defense.
MEET THE STARTUPS: Join us at Invest NY: Future of Aerospace and Defense to meet startups innovating in Upstate New York. Hear quick pitches for new technology, services and companies.
VeriTX is a trusted fast flexible marketplace for digital assets utilizing a platform-based business model to enable aerospace and medical digital supply chains. The enabling technologies are 3D Printing and Blockchain Provenance. By fusing technologies, VeriTX will enable production to move beyond the traditional four walls of a factory to a distribution network.Learn More
Circle Optics, Inc. is a Delaware Benefit Corporation founded in 2017, and headquartered in Rochester, NY. Circle has developed a parallax-free 360° x 300° video camera, Hydra Alpha, which was used as a proof of concept to obtain patents awarded in the United States and overseas. Circle is currently developing a second-generation system with improved specifications.Learn More
Qunnect is a spin-off venture from the Quantum Information Technology group at Stony Brook University that focuses on engineering novel quantum devices enabling future information networks and quantum computing using photons to communicate and atoms to store and process quantum information.Learn More
ChemCubed is a collaborative effort of seasoned technical and marketing professionals in the Printing Industry of over 20 years to form a company for strategic materials in the growing additive manufacturing and 3D printing Industry. The objective of the collaboration is to apply single unit customization principles made possible by digital 3-D rendering to broad-spectrum commercial markets, following established “early adopter” paths to market.Learn More
Our mission is to make 3D metal AM printers smarter because build integrity is essential to accelerate growth across Defense, Aerospace, Medical, Transportation & Energy applications. We deliver integrated monitoring of key build parameters in real-time to enable adaptive process control via actionable data in a compact digital record.Learn More
BotFactory is an NYC-based company that aims to unshackle innovation from technology, beginning with the way we think, design, and prototype circuits.
Building electronic devices has always been a compromise between cost, flexibility, and time. BotFactory was born to provide all three at any time, in any place, and to anyone. We help companies innovate and get to market faster by selling and supporting instant, customizable, and scalable Electronics Prototyping Desktop Solutions.
IronYun’s video intelligence platform, Vaidio™, provides AI-enabled video search and analytics for security, health, safety and operations.
The Vaidio Platform orchestrates multiple 4th generation AI video analytics engines to provide higher accuracy and lower total costs across the industry’s broadest array of video analytics.
Vaidio solutions are deployed with over ten thousand cameras worldwide in perimeter security, intrusion detection, access control, LPR and FR applications.
Vaidio’s Social Health Analytics for public health screening, temperature detection, face mask detection, distancing detection, people counting and occupancy detection are currently in pilot in a number of transit, manufacturing and airport facilities worldwide.
ResilienX is solving the problem of health and integrity monitoring, fault management, and graceful degradation in a complex system of systems. As IoT-like ecosystems become more safety and business-critical, solutions are needed to maintain uptime and availability in the face of the adverse and off-nominal conditions these systems face in the real world. ResilienX is providing this solution.
KOI is a technology developer specialized in developing advanced electro-optical products by leveraging on our outstanding liquid crystal and optics expertise. Established on a credential track-of-record in technological innovations, KOI is the leading provider for technical solutions to electro-optical devices and systems, including tunable filters, switchable mirrors, laser protection devices, as well as multispectral imaging and IR scene projection instruments. KOI offers a diverse range of products to the U.S. defense and industries in photonics, display, imaging and glazing industries
P1ston is a SaaS startup serving the industrial manufacturing sector. We are building a platform that will shift the status quo of customer-supplier workflows away from email, phone calls, and clunky online portals to a simple integrated experience that delivers speed, visibility, and responsiveness.
Manufacturers in industries such as electric power, oil & gas, defense, and aerospace depend on an inbound supply of custom parts and assemblies. These make-to-order OEMs have spent billions on ERP systems, but take away spreadsheets, and their supply chains break.
Purpose-built for MTO supply chains, P1ston digitally transforms the back and forth workflows between customers and suppliers. We eliminate menial tasks and compress cycle times, reducing costs across the supply chain and benefiting both customers and suppliers.
We develop a platform that automatically searches, indexes, and retrieves content from video archives and live streams. On top of the search and machine-learning core, we have built the most advanced video monitoring, alert, and summary report system on the market today, helping clients understand the contents of their videos and find the information they care about quickly. Our clients include some of the world’s leading media companies, including NBC and the AP, multiple government agencies, and think tanks.
United Aircraft Technologies, Inc.
A Sikorsky Innovations Award-Winning company that believes in the power of innovation and how it can keep humanity moving forward to further frontiers. Therefore, it continuously develops new technology that facilitates aircraft maintenance, improves aerospace safety, monitors wiring integrity, and increases fuel economy.Learn More
Vermeer is an augmented reality drone piloting tool. The software was built from the ground up to remove the friction from camera flight. The iOS mobile app enables anyone to fly a drone, regardless of their skill level or technical expertise. An end user physically moves their phone camera through a miniature AR model of their location to create a path for the drone to execute in the real world.
The app was built by the same people who founded and operated the world’s leading aerial cinematography company. Now, the same team is democratizing aerial film by distilling their years of piloting experience into a software application.
Innosek is a contract manufacturing, product development, and R&D company specializing in additive manufacturing services, technology, and products.Learn More
Vistex Composites is a manufacturing innovation company that has developed disruptive technology for the manufacture of advanced thermoset and thermoplastic composite products. Our patented Pressure Focusing Layer (PFL)™ process, which reduces energy consumption and CapEx/OpEx by at least an order of magnitude, provides our customers with improved throughput and performance at a competitive price. The PFL™ process reduces manufacturing waste while providing equivalent strength, dimensional tolerances and aesthetics when compared to the same autoclave cured products. Vistex utilizes digital modeling and proprietary optimization algorithms to drive the design of the patented fabrication process, and manufacture complex components without the need for extensive heat, vacuum, autoclaves, etc. In an industry that traditionally relies on brute force, Vistex provides an elegant, energy-efficient solution.Learn More
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