About The CATAPULT Forum and Expo

A two-day marketplace where regional technology capabilities, emerging solutions, and regional capacity are showcased to Naval leaders within the NRE, Fleet, and Force along with pre-events to help condition and pre-qualify companies and their innovations. Naval, industry, and regional leaders will quickly begin the execution of discovered opportunities together.

This event is a collaborative effort of
CATAPULTUS
Office of Naval Research
Defense Leadership Forum
Virginia Beach Economic Development Authority
Dept. of the Navy SBIR/STTR Program

WHERE

Sandler Center, Virginia Beach, VA

WHEN

JUNE 5-6 2018


The New Era of Government Contracting

Meet One-on-One with Naval Decision Makers for your solution!

CATAPULT is a first of its kind event. Department of The Navy is making serious efforts to minimize the time it takes to bring a solution from discovery to deployment. This begins with open communication to the providers, like you. At the CATAPULT event you will be able to speak directly with subject matter experts from the Department of the Navy.


Learn. Get Connected. Catapult your offering over obstacles.

Learn from Naval leadership

The “Expo” component provides an exhibit space for up to 150 exhibitors: (a) regional small tech firms, larger firms offering sustainment capabilities, and universities’ innovation centers; and (b) the office of Naval research and other Naval organizations. Expo exhibitors will align closely with one or more of the science/technology priorities established in the new “Naval R&D Framework”.


Very Limited Seating and EXPO Space available!

This is the first event of its kind and space is very limited. Please take advantage of the early-bird discounts available on all tickets and exhibitor spaces.

Forum and Expo Agenda

Partial List of Conference Agenda. The agenda is regularly updated as we add new speakers and events.
  • JUNE 5 2018 (Proposed- Subject to Changes)


  • 07:00 - 08:00
    Where
    Lobby

  • 08:00 - 08:15
    Join the color guard in honoring our flags.
    DON ONR
    General
    Where
    Sandler Theatre

  • 08:10 - 08:55
    KEYNOTE - The next Decase in Hampton Roads: New Naval Initiatives, New Regional Oportunities
    Business
    DON ONR
    General
    Where
    Sandler Theatre

  • 09:00 - 09:50
    Moderator, Ray White Virginia Beach Economic Development Authority Panelists: Warren Harris, Virginia Beach EDA Chuck Rigney, Norfolk EDA Florence Kingston, Newport News EDA
    Business
    Government Contracting
    Where
    Sandler Theatre

  • 09:55 - 10:40
    Panel II – Regional Technology Resource Overview Academia Moderated by Karen Jackson (Virginia Secretary of Technology) Hear from regional academia on the resources available to you through the university.
    Business
    Regional Resources from Universities
    Where
    Sandler Theatre

  • 10:30 - 10:50
    Business
    Where
    Exhibit Hall/ Lobby

  • 10:55 - 11:50
    Moderated by Jeff Palumbo What is the venture capital community seeking with commercialization and investing in government contracting companies? How does commercialization opportunities meet with the strategy of investing in a company and their customer relationship with the government? Here from regional Venture Capital experts and entrepreneur community leadership.
    Business
    Where
    Sandler Theatre

  • 13:00 - 13:55
    Panel III – Naval Research Enterprise (DON NRE) - What Should You Know About the Office of Naval Research - What Do We Need and look for? - Where Are Our Opportunity On-ramps?
    DON ONR
    Government Contracting
    Where
    Sandler Theatre

  • 14:00 - 14:55
    What Can Hampton Roads Bring to the Fight? Hear from regional resources on what they have for you and how they are here to help you be successful!
    Business
    Growth
    Where
    Sandler Theatre

  • 15:10 - 16:20
    - What New Practices Are Emerging? - What Should Entrepreneurs Expect? - How are we simplifying engagement with us? - What should businesses and Universities expect?
    Business
    Government Contracting
    Where
    Sandler Theatre

  • 16:20 - 17:00
    Hear from experts on Government contracting vehicles and how to use them effectively.
    Business
    Government Contracting
    Where
    Sandler Theatre

  • 17:00 - 17:10
    Hear closing remarks from a few key individuals on the days activities.
    Business
    Where
    Sandler Theatre

  • JUNE 6 2018 (Proposed- Subject to Changes)


  • 08:30 - 08:55
    DON ONR
    General
    Where
    Sandler Theatre

  • 10:15 - 11:10
    ....Matching opportunity with scale capability... a dialogue to model new collaborative approaches
    Business
    DON ONR
    Government Contracting
    Where
    Sandler Theatre

  • 11:15 - 11:45
    DON ONR
    Where
    Sandler Theatre

  • 11:20 - 12:15
    What’s New in Naval Acquisition? Are the Old Obstacles for Business Being Resolved? • ASN (RDA) James Geurts, introduced by Ms. Emily Harman, DON OSBP
    DON ONR
    Government Contracting
    Growth

  • 12:00 - 1:00
    US Rep. Rob Wittman US Rep. Scott Taylor State Sen. Frank Wagner
    Business
    Government Contracting
    Where
    Open Campus

  • 15:00 - 15:30
    Here from CATAPULT Honorary Chairman Vice Admiral David Architzel (ret) and Bob Smith DON SBIR/STTR Director on the findings of the event and the next steps for attendees to get engaged. Learn about upcoming DON, ONR, Regional and CATAPULT events and opportunities.
    Business
    DON ONR
    Where
    Sandler Theatre

Speakers from NAVY, Government and Business

Hear from world class speakers. Meet with and learn directly from Naval Leadership. Learn. Connect. Only at CATAPULT 2018.

Location

Sandler Center 201 Market St, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

In the heart of the vibrant Virginia Beach City Center. Just a few miles from the beach. Located in the center of the worlds principal Naval installation.

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The First event of it's kind. CATAPULT 2018