“The Air Force is looking to quickly incorporate and deliver new technologies and capabilities that small businesses have developed to the warfighter. For this to happen successfully, small businesses must be able to develop and market their capabilities to the Air Force and commercial market,” said Jeff Mellot, Small Business Programs director, Air Force Materiel Command. “The purpose of the collider was to provide small businesses the understanding of how to develop a strategic business plan and what private investors expect to hear when receiving a “pitch” for their investment. Ultimately this will allow firms to effectively pitch both their technical capabilities and business plan.”
More than 200 small business leaders attended the virtual event, with speakers including Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., AFMC commander; Roger Edwards, vice president, Accelerant Venture Capital Fund, Dayton Development Center; business consultants from the Queen City Angels; Vance VanDrake, intellectual property attorney at Ulmer & Berne; and others.