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Securing Our Future - Intersection of Innovation and National Security
17 Aug 2022 - A Weekly Publication by New North Ventures, formerly the Dual-Use Round Up
Monday, August 22 at 1:30 pm, we will be sitting down with one of our venture partners, Susan Kilrain, for a live recording of our podcast. Susan joined NASA as an astronaut and space shuttle pilot after a successful career as a Naval Aviator. Afterwards, Susan became a motivational speaker and joined NNV as a venture partner. As a part of NNV, she provides critical insights into the space economy and innovation in aerospace.
In this episode we will discuss
Susan’s journey to NASA
Innovation in space technology
What’s next in space exploration
We hope you can join us for the live recording on August 22nd at 1:30 pm. After the recording we will have a Q+A and answer any of your questions.
Host Jeremy Hitchcock sat down with Jake Chapman who is currently the managing director of Marque Venture Capital, formerly the Army Venture Capital Corporation (AVCC) which was a non-profit created by congress in 2002 to support the modernization efforts of the US Army. Jake started his career in venture as a lawyer, but switched over to the operations side. He has founded multiple startups and venture funds over his career. As an investor he focuses on technology companies that enhance the national security of the United States in areas such as AI, quantum, space, and many other sectors. Jake is also an accomplished writer and has been published in TechCrunch, Wired, Forbes, VentureBeat, and many others.
Elevator Pitch: Digital software platform-as-a-service intended to make satellite building and managing easy
Funding: Raised $4.2 M of seed funding on August 9th, 2022 in a deal led by Acequia Capital and Possible Ventures
Key People: CEO and founder Dmitry Dontov
Elevator Pitch: AI-powered ransomware protection platform designed to offer cloud-based backup and data security services
Funding: Raised a $16 M Series A round on August 9th, 2022 in a deal led by Blueprint Equity
Key People: CEO and Founder Mark Russell
Elevator Pitch: Underground pipe intended to be used to fire small capsules into the atmosphere and eventually suborbital space
Funding: Raised $880 K in angel funding on August 8th, 2022 from undisclosed investors
Interest in investing in national security and critical infrastructure is on the rise
More family offices are concerned with the kind of impact that their capital has on our future
EU embargo of Russian coal imports went into effect this week
Energy prices are rising throughout Europe and the poverty rate may be an issue in the future
Looking to invest in venture debt, pre-IPO companies, as well as companies that have recently IPO’d
Lenders are hoping tech firms will seek out more venture debt or a blend of debt equity to avoid raising more capital which could lower valuations