Polaris MEP, 401 Tech Bridge leaders To Speak During “Defense Innovation” Night

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by | Jun 8, 2020

Virtual Venture Café is partnering with 401 Tech Bridge, NUWC Division Newport, and Northeast Tech Bridge for “Defense Innovation and Tech Transfer” a deep dive conversation on the defense industry and its partners in Rhode Island.

The program runs from 3:00-6:00pm on Thursday, June 11, and includes networking, panel discussions, flash talks, and more.

Two Polaris MEP “family” members will be featured on June 11th – Christian Cowan at 3:30pm and Mary Johnson at 5:00pm.

Click on the following link to register and learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-venture-cafe-defense-innovation-tech-transfer-tickets-106953831790


3:30 PM | Rhode Island Ecosystem for Defense Technology & Tech Transfer

The Defense industry is a rapidly growing sector key to Rhode Island’s economy. As the kickoff to Defense Technology & Tech Transfer night, Tuni Schartner, Executive Director of District Hall/Venture Café Providence, will moderate an in depth discussion of the strengths and opportunities in Rhode’s Island’s defense ecosystem.


  • Christian Cowan of Polaris MEP/401 Tech Bridge
  • Steve Bordonaro, of Naval X North East Tech Bridge/NUWC Division Newport
  • Whitney Tallarico of NavalX
  • Christine Smith of RI Commerce

5:00 PM | Defense Industry Small Business Flash Talks

Mary Johnson, 401 Tech Bridge Manager, RITIN textile network lead, Polaris MEP Growtn & Strategy

Small businesses and startups with military contracts will share their stories of innovation and commercialization with Mary Johnson, Manager of 401 Tech Bridge.

Featured companies include:

  • Jim Owens, Principal, of Nautilus Defense
  • Clare King, President, of Propel LLC
  • Ed Bard, President, of Response Technologies
  • Chase Hogoboom, President, of Goetz Composites

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