November 10, 2016
Corporate-Venture Investing in Aerospace & Defense
By Atlantic Council
An introduction by:
Chairman, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
Torch Hill Investment Partners, Atlantic Council
A presentation by:
Vice President of Research
National Venture Capital Association
A conversation with:
Chief Executive Officer
US Venture Investments
Executive Director and General Manager,
Lockheed Martin Ventures
Vice President, Innovation & Technology
M.A. and George Lund Fellow
On Wednesday, November 9, from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., the Atlantic Council hosted the Captains of Industry Series, a discussion about how leading companies in the aerospace sector are engaging entrepreneurs and seeding the development of new technologies to achieve growth and innovation. While the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Initiative and outreach to Silicon Valley are focusing attention on nascent companies and commercial entrants, established firms in the sector are hardly standing aside from the opportunities and imperatives of leveraging the dynamism of entrepreneurship.
Four of the biggest names in aerospace and defense—Airbus Group, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Thales Group—were represented on the panel. Each panelist addressed the role that corporate-venture investing plays in his company, the challenge of employing techniques used to incubate nascent companies in a mature-stage industry, and the impact these initiatives aim to achieve.
The Atlantic Council Captains of Industry Series is a platform for senior executives in aerospace and defense to address the public interests their companies serve and the public policies that shape these markets. By engaging the perspective of business leaders about issues at the interface of defense ministries and industries, the series is cultivating a constituency for practical solutions to these problems.
The event was live tweeted on Twitter @ACScowcroft with the hashtag #ACDefense
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