National Security and Innovation Conference 2023

National Security and Innovation Conference

Conference Overview

The Tuck National Security and Innovation Conference sponsored by New North Ventures is an in-person, one-day conference hosted on Saturday, October 28, 2023 by the Tuck School of Business with support from Dartmouth College. The conference focuses on the trifecta of early-stage venture capital, government innovation, and academia, specifically exploring areas relevant to national security, such as cybersecurity, energy, defense, and space. Conference participants will attend breakout sessions throughout the morning that explore a variety of topics at the intersection of national security and innovation. The afternoon sessions will include small group discussions on topics, such as government procurement, and a startup demo day. The goal of the Tuck National Security and Innovation Conference is to create a space for early-stage start-ups, venture capitalists, academics, and government officials to meet, exchange ideas, and explore the ways in which government, academia, and early-stage venture can support and strengthen the national security mission.   


Dartmouth and Tuck students, faculty, and staff: Free
Non-Tuck/Non-Dartmouth students: Free
Industry (including government and academia) / Public: $50 

Online registration is closed. Registration will be available at the conference.

Lodging and Logistics

The conference takes place in Raether Hall, at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Maps: Tuck Campus | Dartmouth Campus

Hotel Recommendations: Hanover Inn | Sixth South Street | Norwich Inn | Courtyard Marriott Lebanon

The most convenient parking is at the Emily and Errik Anderson Parking Garage (15 Thayer Dr).

  1. Take W. Wheelock Street to Thayer Drive. At the traffic light on W. Wheelock, turn on to Thayer Drive, the parking garage will be on your right.
  2. Find the elevator on the far-left wall, and push “R”. This will take you to the street level exit.
  3. Exit building and go to your left.
  4. You will see signs for the conference as you exit the building, and along the short walk to the Raether Hall at The Tuck School of Business.

Parking is also available throughout campus. View Visitor Parking Map >


Speakers and panelists will represent industry and government, including investors from funds, such as New North Ventures, Alumni Ventures, and RA Capital, and agencies and offices, such as CISA and DHS.

View Speaker Bios >

Saturday, October 28, 2023
8:00–9:00 a.m. (Raether Lobby)
8:00–9:00 a.m. (McLaughlin Atrium)
Breakfast and Welcome
9:00–9:30 a.m. (McLaughlin Atrium)
Morning Keynote Speaker

Ronald Corsetti, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army

9:45–10:30 a.m. (Various Locations)
Breakout Session 1
  • Government as an incubator: Exploring the ways in which government can drive innovation internally (Borelli)
    • Nick Reese, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Frontier Foundry; Former Director for Emerging Technology Policy at the Department of Homeland Security
    • Matt Hayden, Former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Cyber, Infrastructure, Risk, and Resilience
  • Why the public sector is emerging as an attractive end market (Georgiopoulos)
    • Nate Ashton, Executive Director at The Alliance for Commercial Technology in Government
    • Tyler Sweatt, CEO at Second Front
    • David Kovar, Founder and CEO at URSA – Unmanned & Robotics Systems Analysis 
  • Through the worm hole: How the IC/DoD have tried to scout, integrate, and deploy emerging tech over the past 25 years … and what they’re doing differently today (Frantz II)
    • Jeremy Hitchcock, Co-Founder at New North Ventures
    • Trevor Hough, Principal Owner at The ADK Group
    • Thomas Hendrix, Managing Partner at Decisive Point
    • Adam Caruso, Tech Scout at US Special Operations Command (SOCOM)
10:45–11:30 a.m. (Various Locations)
Breakout Session 2
  • Cybersecurity Tabletop Exercise (Borelli)
    • Mike Tetreault, Cybersecurity Advisor for Rhode Island, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency of the Department of Homeland Security
    • Richard F. Rossi, Cybersecurity Advisor for New Hampshire, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency of the Department of Homeland Security
    • Woody Groton, Cyber Operations Officer, New Hampshire Army National Guard
  • From the lab to market: the relationship between academia, government, and venture capital (Georgiopoulos)
    • Eugene Santos, Sydney E. Junkins 1887 Professor of Engineering, Dartmouth College
    • Major Joe Swain, United States Army Reserve
    • Karen Presley, Deputy Director of the Technology Transfer Program, National Security Agency
    • Lee Krause, Principal, Securboration and Co-Founder, Rampart AI
  • Fueling our future: Exploring innovation and challenges in energy security and resiliency (Frantz II)
    • Pete Mathias, Partner at Alumni Ventures
    • Michael Baskin, PhD, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Defense at National Renewable Energy Laboratory
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (McLaughlin Atrium)
12:45–1:30 p.m. (Georgiopoulous)
Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Mike Pyle, Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics 

2:00–2:45 p.m. (Various Locations)
Small Group Discussions
  • Go-To-Market with the Government: The ins and outs of selling to government buyers (Borelli) 
    • Kevin Liu Huang, CEO at Dextral 
    • Bill Cameron, Managing Director of CISO Security, Governance, Risk, and Compliance at 3Comply 
    • Aneel Alvares, Director, Defense Engagement at Defense Innovation Unit
  • A Path Forward: How venture capital and government can work together TODAY to further the national security mission (Frantz II) 
    • Lauren Zabierek, Senior Advisor at CISA and Fellow at New America 
    • Jeremy Hitchcock, New North Ventures
    • David Skinner, Northeast Regional Director at National Security Innovation Network
3:00–4:00 p.m. (McLaughlin Atrium)
Startup Demo Day powered by Defense Tech Jobs


New North Ventures Defense Tech The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding The Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital The Center for Business, Government & Society The Revers Center for Energy, Sustainability and Innovation

Why Dartmouth: A History of National Security and Innovation 

Dartmouth College has a storied place in the national security and innovation ecosystem. In 1956, a small group of scientists gathered at Dartmouth College for the Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial Intelligence, which led to the birth of artificial intelligence research. Since that moment almost 70 years ago, Dartmouth has established its place as a leader in the national security and innovation space. Dartmouth is home to The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, which houses the Initiative for Global Security at the Dickey Center, and the Institute for Security Technology Studies (ISTS). The Initiative for Global Security advances Dartmouth’s contributions to international security through research. ISTS is one of the leading centers for security research and development. ISTS is a member of and administers the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P), a consortium of 24 leading academic institutions, non-profits and federal laboratories that brings industry, academia and government together to articulate and focus on problems that need to be solved to help ensure the nation’s information infrastructure is safe, secure, and robust.

Dartmouth and the Tuck School of Business have produced notable alumni in the national security space, Ambassador at Large for Cyberspace and Digital Policy Nathaniel C. Fick, former Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn III, US Senator Tina Smith, and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics Mike Pyle, among many others. Dartmouth and Tuck are incredibly excited to continue growing the relationship between Dartmouth and the Tuck School of Business and the national security apparatus.

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