Summit Series: Public Funding Options During & WDC Innovation Summit Series: Public Funding Options During & After the Pandemic 

Replay of the popular Wharton DC Innovation Summit session on current & future funding options. Wharton Club Members, guests, public invited 

"This is not the last time this will happen." - Ed Albrigo, President and CEO, the Center of Innovative Technology (CIT)


  • Some startups and early stage businesses can get needed funds from angels, VCs, crowdfunding, or sources discussed in the “Future of Private Funding” session. Yet, many entrepreneurs need to consider options such as self-funding, friends and family, government programs (e.g., SBIRs, contracts), bank loans, and federal, state and local tax and similar incentives.


  • This session leverages inside views of an evolving Small Business Administration, the changing federal contracting process, and VC expectations to help businesses understand their public funding options, sources and costs of capital among these options, and what they need to know about applying. 
  • The session also contains insights on enhancing business models to be more enticing to funders in the Covid era, particularly as more disruptions may be inevitable.


11:45 am-12 Noon -- Networking on Zoom Meetings

12 Noon-12:50 pm Presentation, including shared screen for slides

12:50 pm - 1:00 pm: Further networking on Zoom
Meet the Speakers Panel:

Ed Albrigo, President and CEO, the Center of Innovative Technology (CIT)

  • Under Ed’s leadership, the company has expanded its venture investing and innovation and business acceleration activities into new areas such as smart infrastructure, cybersecurity and autonomous systems. He also led the company’s founding of the Virginia Founders Fund, a venture fund for Virginia populations, e.g., women, minorities and veterans. Read full profile…

John Davis, CEO, SBIR Resource Center

  • His firm is led by John Davis, General Manager, who has more than 30 years of progressive experience as a Technician, Research Engineer, Department Manager, Program Manager, Director of Engineering, Business Area Director (marketing) and Division Manger in government R&D contracting. Read full profile…

Natalia Olson-Urtecho, Co-Founder, Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer at The Disruptive Factory

  • Natalia Olson-Urtecho is a serial entrepreneur and recognized expert in finance, government, smart cities, commercialization of technologies. Prior to cofounding The Disruptive Factory, she was appointed by President Obama as the SBA Regional Administrator managing yearly 35 billion dollars in government contracts and 8 billion in loans for SMEs. Read full profile…

Charles “Tee” Rowe, President & CEO, America’s SBDC

  • C. E. “Tee” Rowe is the President and CEO of America’s SBDC, the association representing Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), a nationwide network of over 1,000 centers providing free, confidential counseling and low cost training to small business owners. He joined America’s SBDC in August of 2009. Read full profile…

REGISTER for THIS EVENT or the Wharton DC Innovation Summit SERIES

Two options for registration:

  • The entire Innovation Summit Series - 11 programs
    • Free for President's Club & Lifetime Members
    • 49/person for all Members of Wharton Club of DC & Strategic Partner Current Members & Guests/Nonprofit Employee/Student/Small Business (less than 3 FTE)
    • 99/person for all others for access to all 11 programs
  • By the individual session
    • Free for President's Club & Lifetime Members
    • 19/person for all Members of Wharton Club of DC & Strategic Partner Current Members & Guests
    • 29/person for all others


11:45AM - 1:00PM Wed 24 Jun 2020 ( Timezone: Eastern )

Virtual Event Instructions:

You will receive the URL for this Webinar either in your confirming email or the day before the program.

Look Who's Coming:

Ronald Dirienzizizi
  Results First Corp
Alan Schlaifer, Chairman
  Wharton DC Innovation Summit
Jim Grapek
Ed Redfern Jr
  Redfern Social Ventures, Inc.
Zachary Ness
... a total of 5 guests.
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