AUVSI Novus Unmanned, powered by the Investorfest Venture Acceleration Program, will bring together premier innovators and investors from the world of autonomous and unmanned technology and systems.

Time Event
8:30 AM Registration Open
9:30 – 9:45 AM Welcome + Opening Remarks
Jerry Hill
California State Senator
9:45 – 11:00 AM Opening Panel: Unmanned Systems—What’s Hot, What’s Not
  • What is the current funding situation and how it is likely to change over the next 12 months
  • Where segments are getting the attention and investments
  • What are the major issues facing startups today
Buddy Arnheim
Ralph (Buddy) I. Arnheim
Perkins Coie, Partner,
Emerging Companies & Venture
Capital Practice
Steve Goldberg
Steve Goldberg
Venrock, Operating Partner
Joe Kraus
Joe Kraus
GV, General Partner
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM Panel Two: Regulations & Policy Accelerating Innovation
  • Explore a range of topics focusing on legal, administrative and regulatory challenges governing and accelerating the growth of innovation and startups in the unmanned space
Tom McMahon
Tom McMahon
AUVSI, VP Advocacy & Public Affairs
Katherine Bell
Katherine Bell Alves, MBA
Capitol Advocacy, Lobbyist
Anna Gomez
Anna Gomez
Wiley Rein LLP, Partner
Craig Marcinkowski
Craig Marcinkowski
Gryphon Sensors, Director of Strategy
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch  

1:30 – 5:30 PM

[3:15 - 3:45 PM - Coffee Break]

Startup Presentations

  • Selected startups will present to a panel of premier investors using the proprietary format developed by Investorfest Accelerator. Each presenting company will have 15 minutes to pitch for a chance to receive funding as well as win a prize.
Moderated by:
Jon Damush
Jon Damush
Insitu, Chief Growth Officer
Jonathan Parry
Jonathan Parry
Genius NY, Director
Ascent Aerosystems
Digital Aerolus
Drone Complier
One Sky
Liquid Piston
5:30 – 6:30 PM Reception

Program is subject to change; stay tuned for developments and speaker announcements.