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NAVSEA Deputy CTO Recognizes Beacon

February 14, 2015
Beacon Interactive System's CEO, ML Mackey, was recognized by NAVSEA CAPT Michael Ziv for spearheading SBANE’s Boston-based Navy SBIR Outreach event hosted by the law firm Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP this past December.  The event was not only successful at exposing the Navy to the strength of the SBANE Women’s Business Network but also reinforced SBANE’s position in the local ecosystem as an SBIR center of expertise.    

Mr. Dick McNamara, former Executive Director of PEO Subs and currently of the NAVSEA SBIR Program Office presented a general overview of the SBIR Program and specific details about the Navy’s SBIR Program.  Based on his experience of successfully transitioning over $1B of SBIR investments into the submarine community he presented the audience with very practical advice on how to successfully engage in the Navy’s SBIR process.  The Navy also flew 6 SBIR Program Managers in from DC for this event.  They each presented a review of the SBIR Topics in the Navy SBIR solicitation as well as met individually in one-on-one meetings with event participants.  

SBANE member company Beacon Interactive Systems CEO, ML Mackey, spoke about their transitions of SBIR investments to Navy customers as well as how to successfully leverage the generated IP into the private sector and spin-out companies.