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Wharton Aerospace Ventures

The Wharton Aerospace community invites you to attend their fifth annual conference focuses on innovation, new ventures and emerging businesses in our market sector.

Wharton Aerospace Ventures
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wharton Aerospace is an association of senior executives and invited guests with shared commitments to the commercial aerospace & defense industries. We conduct by-invitation-only annual conferences on the Wharton campus in Philadelphia and the Wharton campus in San Francisco to foster closer ties between the Wharton School, our Wharton Aerospace participants and the industrial base.

Wharton Aerospace Ventures especially focuses on innovation, new ventures and emerging businesses in our market sector.
Our fifth West Coast event will take place at Wharton’s San Francisco campus at the foot of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco – 2 Harrison Street.

Keynote Speakers

Mr. Karl Ulrich (left), Dean of Wharton San Francisco and Vice Dean of Wharton Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Mr Mark Moore
(lright), formerly NASA Langley, now Uber's Director of Aviation who is responsible for defining their employment of autonomous air taxis

We will have three panels that address the broad swath of innovation and investment in the industry:
  1. Venturing. There is an upswing of corporate venturing in industry at large - Chris Moran, Lockheed Martin Ventures, Maryanna Saenko, Airbus Ventures, Jim Cross, Franklin Templeton, Tom Gillespie, In Q Tel, Sunil Nagaraj. Who in A&D is active and why? How can one employ corporate venture arms to one's strategic advantage?
  2. Innovation Outposts. Pete Newell of BMNT Partners will lead a dialogue and discussion comprised of innovation outposts - DIUX, NGA, NSA, DHS and Jet Blue/Samsung.
  3. Shifting Gov't and Private Business Models. Josh Hartman of Renaissance Strategic Advisors will lead us in discussing how US Government buying behavior shifts may be driving the necessity to innovate along the business model, vice technology, dimension. Panelists include Bill Greenwalt, Senate Armed Services Committee, John G Edwards, CIA CIO, Teresa Carlson, Vice President Public Sector, Amazon Web Services, and others to be confirmed.
Luncheon Presentation: Hacking 4 Defense (H4D), Hacking 4 X (H4X) - an exciting new program based on lean startup practices engaging the next generation to help solve national security and DARPA hard problems.

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Date:  Thursday, May 18, 2017
Time:  8:30am - 5:00pm 
Location: Wharton | San Francisco, 2 Harrison Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105
Cost: $150.00/person
 Event Organizers: Ellen Chang, Ellen.Chang.WG98@wharton.upenn.edu, and Michael Langman, Michael.Langman.WG98@wharton.upenn.edu

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