The Real Deal @USC powered by MD5

The Real Deal @USC partnered with MD5 and presented dual-use (civilian and defense) ventures at our showcase in Los Angeles on Nov 30, 2017.  General (ret.) David Petraeus, the USC Judge Widney Professor, spoke about dual-use opportunities to investors and Defense Department leaders.

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Looking for entrepreneurs with dual-use technologies and solutions!  You are eligible if your company can serve both commercial and defense/security markets, regardless of whether you are actively pursuing such a strategy currently.

We will introduce the most innovative projects to investors, military leaders, and other critical enablers.  Apply whether you need money, an advocate to serve as your bureaucracy “sherpa”, or talent to join your team.

The Real Deal @USC powered by MD5 Starts LA will host an evening of pitches by promising dual-use startups.  Selected companies will demonstrate the ability to simultaneously address problems of national security and exploit scalable commercial opportunities.

Apply for a presentation slot by 11:59 pm on Sunday, Oct 29, 2017.

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Nov 13 – 17, 2017