By Bob Kavetsky, President of Energetics Technology Center
It’s hard to believe that a little over a year ago, the idea for an incubator in Southern Maryland was only a gleam in our eye. Fast-forward to today, and we have a fully operational incubator, TechFire. The key element to getting this off the ground was hiring the right people, and I feel very fortunate to have been able to retain Keith Gordon and Theresa Ohle (see their bios on page 4) to take a pretty challenging vision and make it a reality. These two talented and capable people have worked incredibly hard to bring our idea to fruition. Today we have 7 companies in incubation, 3 companies in the application process, and 12 others in various stages of our pipeline. We have also started working with Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD), Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWC AD), Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and Army Research Laboratory (ARL) tech transfer offices to commercialize some of their more exciting intellectual property.
The second “thank you” is to the Charles County government, and the Economic Development Office, for their confidence in us by their awarding ETC grant funding for two years now. This funding has been absolutely critical to us being able to make the progress we have.
The third “thank you” is to our Entrepreneurs- in-residence, Dan Roche and John Sullivan, who provide critical early stage advice to our TechFire clients. Lastly, I want to thank the consultants on our team, specifically Ann Lansinger, Gene Lauer, and Shirley Collier for their insightful help in the very early stages of this initiative. They brought a collective expertise to our start-up that has proven to be invaluable. As we all know, any initiative is only as good as the people involved, and I am deeply thankful to all those who have had a role in helping us successfully launch TechFire. Stay tuned for more exciting news!