Sean Singleton of Oglethorpe capital moderates a panel with Jeff Cardenas of Apptronik, Gareth Block of Third Insight, and Joe Sullivan of Aerial Applications.

Dual-Use Case Startup Success Stories with Sean Singleton

Join Sean Singleton from Oglethorpe Capital as he explores the Capital Factory success stories with founders and companies that connected to over $63 million from DoD innovation programs in the last year.

What you’ll find out:

  • Introductions for the panelists (04:00)
  • What does it mean to be a recipient of a federal government grant? (08:05)
  • What was it like from a DARPA standpoint for Jeff Cardenas with Apptronik to take Apptronik from an idea to a full company? (11:49)
  • How to stand out as a company when brought in by the federal government (16:35)
  • The possibilities for taking a private sector company into the public sector. (21:51)
  • How to leverage SBIR into growing a larger enterprise (27:00)
  • How to handle intellectual property when working with the government (40:00)
  • How to work with VCs to help build out your company. (42:40)

Key quotes:

  • “Capital Factory, interestingly enough, is the only place where I’ve ever seen the folks of the National Geospace Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, FBI, and a few other federal agencies actually play well together. Kudos to Josh and the team for the great work!” — Sean Singleton, Oglethorpe Capital (11:38)
  • “Capital Factory and the Center of Gravity that these department of defense players have brought to the table, there is so much of a critical mass now that I even moved the company [Third Insight] from Houston to Austin.” — Gareth Block, Third Insight (18:07)
  • “Building relationships with other complementary small businesses, some of the folks which are in the Fed Supernova today, and understanding how we can each complement each other and we can bring to bear something that is bigger than the sum of its parts.” Gareth Block, Third Insight (29:12)

Who you’ll hear from:

About Fed Supernova

Fed Supernova, presented by Deloitte, is a virtual conference highlighting defense innovation in Texas. This first-of-its-kind interactive experience will draw national attention and connect leading entrepreneurs, investors, thought leaders, corporations, and decision makers from around the world.

About Capital Factory

Capital Factory is the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas, the number one startup state in the U.S. Hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs, programmers and designers gather day and night, in-person and online for meetups, classes and coworking. With boots on the ground in Austin, Dallas and Houston, we meet the best entrepreneurs in Texas and introduce them to their first investors, employees, mentors and customers. According to Pitchbook, Capital Factory has been the most active investor in Texas since 2013.



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Capital Factory

The center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas. We meet the best startups in Texas and introduce them to potential investors, employees and customers.