Capital Factory’s Texas Fund, in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, the UT Dallas Seed Fund, UT Southwestern Medical Center, LaunchBio, BioLabs at Pegasus Park, and Capital Factory Innovation Council members McKesson and BCBSTX C1 Innovation Lab, is excited to announce its first $50,000 digital health and biotech investment challenge.

  • Digital Health
  • Medical devices/diagnostics
  • Therapeutics
  • A fast track into the Capital Factory portfolio which will include curated introductions and featured visibility for your startup to…

The Department of Defense is working hard to modernize itself. They know they need to quickly incorporate new technologies and new ideas. But change is hard — and it’s a process.


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▶️ Click to play the full Digital Engineering & MBSE Startup Showcase from Fed Supernova

Digital Engineering is the key to rapidly transforming the production and development of technology. Check out how five emerging startups are helping build US infrastructure into the future.

What you’ll find out

  • How can we make robotics and automation accessible to anyone anywhere in the world?
  • How can we connect hardware and software together in one platform for the industrial and advanced manufacturing space?
  • How can we cut down wireless infrastructure production from an 8 month to a 2-month process?

Key takeaways

  • “Robotics is going to be one of the biggest breakout industries of the 21st century, and I believe it’s one of the industries that has the most untapped potential.” — Gary Kurek, Cougar Systems
  • “The United States…


▶️ Click to play the full Startup Showcase: Quantum Computing panel

Quantum Computing is the new wave of the future! Check out how four emerging startups are reshaping the way that we see and interact with data and how they are solving existential threats to national security.

What you’ll find out

  • How can you condense huge amounts of data to allow users to access it in less than two seconds?
  • Can we close the gap from quantum computers to practical applications?
  • How can we create an unhackable secure line of communication?
  • How can Quantum Computing protect our country from non-kinetic warfare?

Key takeaways

  • “Quantum networking is the next big space race.” — Jim Ricotta, Aliro Quantum Technologies
  • “We analyze the user’s motion of their eyes, their body, the mouse, any input device across any sensor that can sense that interactive motion. And…

▶️ Click to play the full Startup Showcase: Space panel

Space tweets, CO2, and spaghetti, oh my! Hear success stories and see product demos from four cutting-edge aerospace startups as they compete to win $120,000 in cloud credits from Microsoft for Startups.

What you’ll find out

  • Who sent the first tweet from space?
  • Which startup can turn CO2 into glucose and how?
  • What do meatballs, spaghetti, and trajectories have in common?
  • Who will walk away with $120,000 of cloud credits from Microsoft for Startups?

Key takeaways

  • “A lot of the lessons that we learned from the early days in pursuing space applications was to design systems that are very efficient, that don’t have a large footprint, that don’t need a lot of maintenance… that’s what sustainability is about.” — Moji Karimi, Cemvita Factory
  • “UltraNav is a low size…

▶️ Click to play the full Leveraging Digital Engineering to Support Integration of Complex Systems and Future Capabilities panel

Jason Rathje, Managing Partner, Co-Founder at AFVentures, AFWERX, Jeffery Smith, Sr. Director of Strategy & Innovation at Aerospace & Defense at Dassault Systèmes, and James White from InnoVet discuss how digital engineering can create the right ecosystem and culture that allows access to innovative new capabilities across the entire tech stack.

What you’ll find out

  • Why is it imperative to shift towards building a digital infrastructure that supports more innovation?
  • What are the biggest challenges that the DoD faces when maintaining dominance in national security?
  • How do we have to transform culture in order to reach digital transformation?

Key takeaways

  • “It’s critical to get acceleration into our defense capability development, not just in the US but with international partners as well. And digital engineering is a way to accelerate significantly. The longer we can stay in the virtual…

▶️ Click to play the full National Security Concerns with Emerging Technologies panel

Listen in on this panel with Bob Sorensen (Chief Analyst for Quantum Computing, Hyperion Research), Chris Lirakis (Manager Advanced Quantum Devices, IBM), Steve Reinhardt (VP of Product Development, Quantum Computing Inc.), and Mike Dietz (President, NDIA Lone Star Chapter) as they discuss the future of the quantum computing industry in a global context.

What you’ll find out

  • How can we create the correct ecosystem that will nurture the development and deployment of emergent technologies?
  • Who are the most significant drivers of technology development today?
  • How do we develop a workforce that can tackle the complexities of quantum computing?

Key takeaways

  • “The world’s leading powers are racing to develop and deploy emerging technologies such as quantum computing that could shape everything from the economic and military balance among states to the future of work.” — Mike Dietz, NDIA Lone Star Chapter
  • “We need to be thinking about…

▶️ Click to play the full Translation of Technologies into Space panel

Listen in on this panel with Chirag Parikh, Senior Director, Azure Space at Microsoft, Mark Matossian, co-founder at Solstar. Jason Ballard, co-founder and CEO at ICON, Jordan Noone, co-Founder and CTO at Embedded Ventures, and Lt Gen John Shaw, Deputy at U.S. Space Command as they discuss how we can translate the technology we have on Earth into space.

What you’ll find out

  • What challenges do the U.S. Space Force and U.S. Space Command face?
  • How is Embedded Ventures changing the VC community around deep tech?
  • How is ICON translating the technology they have on earth into building structures on the moon?

Key takeaways

  • “We want to be that example for the venture capital community… to get those companies off the ground, get them working with the DoD, get them prioritizing national security solutions and use our team here to de-risk those companies to the point that the rest of the venture ecosystem…


▶️ Click to play the full Removing Barriers to Entry for Practical Applications of Digital Engineering and Startup Collaboration panel

Chris Benson, System and Mission Engineer at MITRE, Elisa Tiepel, cofounder of Essentium, MAJ Daniel “Fink” Finkenstadt, professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, MAJ Jason Zuniga, Army Operations Research Systems Analyst at Army Futures Command, discuss removing the barriers to entry for digital engineering and startup collaboration.

What you’ll find out

  • How can the government start working with some of the smaller, non-traditional companies working on the model-based system engineering (MBSE) and digital engineering front?
  • You see very different understandings about digital engineering throughout organizations. What are the different perspectives on digital engineering from thought leaders in the industry?
  • What is the single biggest barrier to entry for practical applications?

Key takeaways

  • “We’re looking at ways in which we can take gamification AR and different types of alternative means to engineer a process…

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