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Agile RF Systems LLC

Agile RF Systems LLC “ARS” is a small woman-owned limited liability corporation founded fall 2014 and located in Berthoud, CO. We specialize in sophisticated antenna systems for radar and communications. We have secured a number of small business contracts with Air Force Research Labs and NASA for the development of innovations in electronically steered antennas for radar and satellite communications. We also have a number of subcontracts with industry partners for development of emerging satellite sensor networks funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and AFRL.

ARS has four strategic areas where products are actively under development. These are Radar, Satellite Communications (SATCOM), Millimeter Wave (MMW) Antennas, and Space Deployable Antenna Systems.

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Kim Kelly, Founder & COO

Ms. Kelly is a founder and Chief Operating Officer of Agile RF Systems LLC, in Berthoud. CO in 2014, an Aerospace and Defense company. Ms. Kelly received a Bachelor of Business Administration, from the University of Texas at Arlington. Before starting Agile RF Systems, Ms. Kelly worked for Dunn & Bradstreet, Qwest Communications and Sprint Corporation in all facets of business administration

Space Lab Technologies, LLC

Space Lab Technologies, LLC (Space Lab®) is a Colorado based small disadvantaged business (SDB) that provides advanced technology development, research, and engineering support services for human spaceflight. Space Lab® engineers enable sustainable human space exploration by creating the tools and resources needed for people to live and work in space, now and into the future.

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Christine Escobar, Vice President

Christine co-founded Space Lab® in 2016, with the mission of advancing human space exploration through research and technology development. She is a space habitat systems engineer with expertise in space agriculture, ecology, bioastronautics, information systems, and robust design for quality engineering. Christine is passionate about sustainable, Earth independent solutions for human space exploration. As Space Lab’s Vice President, she leads business administration and development, and quality assurance, with over 10 years of experience managing engineering teams in the space industry. She manages several R&D projects, including µG-LilyPond™ – a floating plant production system for microgravity, MarsOasis® – a hydroponic Martian greenhouse, and PHILM™ – regenerative CO2 control for plant habitats. She conducts space botany research and is currently investigating duckweed (family Lemnaceae) for use as a nutritious space crop. Christine conducts PhD research in the robust design of controlled ecological life support systems at the University of Colorado at Boulder and is founder and co-organizer of the Space Ecology Workshop (www.spaceecologyworkshop.com).

National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) – Rocky Mountain Chapter

NDIA is a 501(c)3 corporate and individual membership association that engages thoughtful and innovative leaders to promote the best policies, practices, products, and technology to build a more responsive and collaborative community in support of defense and national security.

The Rocky Mountain Chapter is an independent chapter of NDIA, following all policies and initiatives. NDIA is the national leader in promoting the highest level of business ethics in the defense and national security community. Our member companies have the highest calling to leadership in demonstrating ethical standards that are the benchmarks for the industry.

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SpaceWERX

SpaceWERX is the innovation arm of the U.S. Space Force and a part of AFWERX, powered by the Air Force Research Laboratory.

We blend the best of commercial innovation with the needs of the men and women of the U.S. Space Force who depend on space technology to do their jobs.

Headquartered at the Los Angeles AFWERX hub, SpaceWERX inspires and empowers collaboration with innovators to accelerate capabilities and shape our future in space. Major technology trends that affect our national security continue to emerge from private industry, academia, and the government. The U.S. Space Force’s competitive advantage is our ability to identify, validate, acquire, and integrate those technologies quickly. Accordingly, SpaceWERX seeks to form collaborative partnerships between the military’s operational experts and the top problem solvers in industry, academia, and the government.

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Purchasing/Contracting Needs:

SpaceWERX is looking at anything that can deliver Space-based capability through either direct or adjacent means. Typically, we are looking technology areas to be built out for full prototype potential within two years of inception of working within the DoD for that specific technology; however, that requires a market to either already exist or a process be initiated to create requirements for that market to exist in the short to near-term.

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Captain Cody Bronkar, Venture at SpaceWERX

Cody Bronkar is an active duty Captain helping manage and shape the way the Space Force allocates its SBIR/STTR budget. Cody has an active role in merging both the internal and external government communities to problems and solutions that exist in our current environment all in support of the National Defense Strategy. While previously a cyber professional in both the Air and Space Forces at the operator and headquarters levels, he brings a technical prowess to understanding how tech is able to merge into all levels of the Space Force. Cody works with the Program Executive Officers and Operators throughout the Space Force on how each are wanting to strategically expend their budgets while utilizing SpaceWERX resources to bridge the gap of capability development. His previous experience within both AFWERX and SpaceWERX allows for a unique ability to realize how to connect entities throughout the ecosystem to deliver utility to the warfighter.

B:Side Fund

At B:Side Fund, we’re laser-focused on helping you succeed. Our mission to foster the economic growth of diverse small businesses is the foundation for everything we do. As true fans of small business, we help entrepreneurs access friendly and affordable capital. We help inspired people create thriving businesses with funding, education, and resources.

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Sandra Lopez, Loan Officer

As Loan Officer for our Direct Lending programs, Sandra helps the most underserved business to not only survive but to thrive and grow. Her work for the program directly supports our mission of fostering the economic growth of diverse small businesses within our community.

Lisa Adams, Marketing & Communications Specialist

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