Ballston Innovation Initiative Announces Featured Speakers for “Bi2 Bootcamp: Doing Business with the Federal Government”

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Innovative One Day Educational Program to help entrepreneurs prepare to do business with the Federal Government – helping new entrepreneurs and small businesses understand the “rules of the road” to successfully partner with national security agencies

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The Bi2 Bootcamp should be useful to attendees whether they are currently unemployed due to Sequestration, starting to do business with the Federal government or just thinking about entering this marketplace.

The Ballston Innovation Initiative (“Bi2”) announces the lead speakers for its upcoming Bi2 Bootcamp: Doing Business with the Federal Government, to be held May 11th, 2013 on the main campus of Marymount University. The one day educational event brings together recognized experts in business establishment, Federal contracting rules, business valuation and business development, to provide attendees with practical and actionable advice and content. The Bi2 Bootcamp is intended to assist individuals who are seeking to create their first business selling to the Federal Government, as well as help existing businesses prepare to enter into the government business sector. The announced speakers for the Bi2 Bootcamp include:

  •     The Honorable Tom Davis – former Virginia Congressman and Chairman of the House Government Reform Committee – currently the Director of Federal Government Affairs for Deloitte & Touche LLP.
  •     Richard Rector, Chair of the Government Contract practice group of DLA Piper.
  •     Rob Franklin, President, National Security Solutions, MorganFranklin.
  •     Bob Kipps, founder of KippsDeSanto & Co.
  •     Ted Segal, Chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of the Washington Office of Stradley Ronon.

The program will be facilitated by Dr. Edward Bersoff, a well-recognized leader of the Washington, DC national security business community, and the founder of BTG, Inc., as well as a member of the Board of Directors of ICF International. “I am very pleased with the speakers we have gotten to participate in this important educational program. They are recognized leaders in their fields and very committed to the development of our region, particularly national security related businesses and entrepreneurship. The Bi2 Bootcamp should be useful to attendees whether they are currently unemployed due to Sequestration, starting to do business with the Federal Government or just thinking about entering this marketplace.”

“We are very excited about the Bi2 Bootcamp,” said Jonathan Aberman, Director of the Ballston Innovation Initiative. “This program is another example of the opportunities we have to experiment with ways to foster a more vibrant entrepreneurial community around national security. We are very happy with the content and information that will be provided by our speakers to attendees, and think this event will be very valuable to all that attend.”

To sign up for the Bi2 Bootcamp visit: For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release, contact Jonathan Aberman or visit or

About Ballston Innovation Initiative
Bi2 is a three-month community effort to highlight the opportunities available for non-traditional sources to contribute to national security, and provide alternative means for technology creation and accelerate entrepreneurial activity in the Greater Washington Region. Many of the industries that have driven US economic growth since 1945 have been derived from national security research and commercialization, including GPS, internet, semiconductor, voice recognition and enablement, data analysis and advanced biomechanics. For more information, or to ask how to get involved, please visit

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