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POTOMAC TECH WIRE -- Sept. 28
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Sponsored by: Lowenstein Sandler: Helping Tech Innovators Meet Today's Legal Challenges

Arlington-based Fintech Rize Raises $11.4 Million in Series A Round
o Arlington-based Fluence Files for IPO; JV of Siemens and AES
o Medical Tech VC Firm Vensana Capital Raises $325 Million for Second Fund
o Reston's Octo and Herndon's Tyto Athene Form Joint Venture

> Lowenstein Sandler: Helping Tech Innovators Meet Today's Legal Challenges

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Briefly Noted: 20/20 GeneSystems, BTI360, Electrosoft Services
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Job Listings:
> Controls Engineer - Key West, FL

> Front End Developer - Springfield, Virginia


Event Listings:
> New: DHG / Culture and Fraud: Going Beyond the Triangle / October 12
> Institute for Excellence in Sales LIVE Programs Return! - Oct. 8 - Fairfax
> The DataTribe Challenge: What could your company do with $2 million?
> Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit - Nov. 10 - Tysons

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> Lowenstein Sandler: Helping Tech Innovators Meet Today's Legal Challenges


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o Arlington-based Fintech Rize Raises $11.4 Million in Series A Round

Arlington, Va. -- Rize, an Arlington-based fintech company focused on helping other fintech developers create their products, has raised $11.4 million in a Series A round. The round was co-led by Alpha Edison and Morpheus Ventures. Previous investors Raptor Group, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, Third Prime, Red & Blue Ventures, Graham Holdings, Walkabout Ventures and Rucker Park Capital also invested in the round. “Rize originally started as a B2C fintech company because consumer pain points about money were our expertise, but we discovered that building intuitive financial user experiences wasn’t merely a UI/UX problem -- you couldn’t achieve “simple and intuitive” without first rebuilding much of the underlying financial infrastructure from the ground up,” wrote founders Justin Howell and Kirk Voltz in a Medium post about the funding. “We pivoted Rize from a B2C fintech app into a B2B platform that supports other fintech builders around their core banking infrastructure needs.”
https://rize.medium.com/?p=14366d0ad48b
https://rizefs.com/

o Arlington-based Fluence Files for IPO; JV of Siemens and AES

Arlington, Va. -- Fluence, an Arlington-based energy storage and digital application company, has filed paperwork with the SEC for an initial public offering. The company, founded in 2018, is a joint venture between Siemens and AES. Its stock is expected to trade on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol FLNC. “Energy storage and digitalization is critical to this transformation, yet today the market is fragmented and customers face the challenge of finding a trusted technology partner amidst conflicting technical claims, inexperienced vendors and installers, and new market entrants with limited power sector knowledge,” the company’s website reads.
https://fluenceenergy.com/
https://blog.fluenceenergy.com/fluence-files-registration-statement-sec-proposed-initial-public-offering

o Medical Tech VC Firm Vensana Capital Raises $325 Million for Second Fund

Vienna, Va. -- Vensana Capital, a venture capital firm focused on medical technologies with offices in Minneapolis and Vienna, Va., announced that it has closed its second fund with $325 million in committed capital. The firm was launched in 2019. Vensana said the newest fund -- called Vensana Capital II -- is focused on investments in the areas of medical devices, diagnostics, data science, life science tools, digital health and tech-enabled services. The firm has made 10 investments so far, including an investment in Intact Vascular, which was acquired by Philips, and CVRx, which had an IPO.
https://www.vensanacap.com/

o Reston's Octo and Herndon's Tyto Athene Form Joint Venture

Herndon, Va. -- In a marriage of federal IT and digital modernization providers, Reston-based Octo and Herndon-based Tyto Athene said they have formed a joint venture. The company, to be known as Octo-Athene, will offer federal agencies services ranging from network modernization to converting data into actionable intelligence at the application layer. The two companies previously had collaborated on various projects addressing market trends and technology delivery.
https://gotyto.com/tyto-athene-octo-form-joint-venture/
 
 
> Lowenstein Sandler: Helping D.C. Area Tech Innovators Meet Today's Legal and Regulatory Challenges.

Lowenstein Sandler is a law firm serving technology leaders throughout the greater D.C. metro area. The lawyers in our rapidly growing D.C. office work hand-in-hand with some of the most innovative entrepreneurs and business executives in the region. We partner with our technology clients to design strategic, effective solutions to their legal and regulatory challenges so they can focus on what they do best: innovate, build, and deliver the products, software, and services that lead our world into the future.

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o Briefly Noted:

(Rockville, Md.) 20/20 GeneSystems, a clinical lab testing technology company, announced the launch of its Clinical Lab Innovation Axcellerator (CLIAx) for diagnostics startups. The accelerator will provide startups with access to 3,000 square feet of clinical laboratory space and testing equipment. 
https://2020gene.com/

(Herndon, Va.) BTI360, a Herndon-based software development company, has named Meigan Ward as its first chief people officer. Ward will oversee HR operations, talent acquisition and teammate development. Ward has previously worked at Allegis Group, CareFirst BlueCross and Cella.
https://www.bti360.com/

(Reston, Va.) Electrosoft Services, a government-focused IT and professional services firm, has hired Kevin Thomas as its senior vice president of strategic growth. Thomas has formerly worked at HP, Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, OnPoint and Achilles Shield.
https://www.electrosoft-inc.com/news/electrosoft-taps-business-and-cybersecurity-leader-kevin-thomas-svp-strategic-growth-further
                                                                     
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> Controls Engineer - Key West, FL

The Controls Engineer will work as a member of the technical team performing and leading research, development and testing in the areas of marine corrosion, marine engineering, materials, electrochemistry, coatings and environmental effects as related to the Navy surface ships, submarines, marine structures, aircraft and shore facilities. Candidates must be able to work with cross-functional groups involving government and industry partners to develop, test, manufacture and transition products or technologies to practical fleet applications and solutions. The position is full time in Key West, FL. Applicants must have the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance. For the full job description and to apply, please click here

> Front End Developer - Springfield, Virginia

We are searching for a front-end developer to join our team of researchers and engineers who create modeling and simulation software for fuel cells, batteries, solar arrays, and other emerging energy technologies. Customers across the DoD use our software to solve existing energy management and logistics problems and analyze novel modes of use. A new-hire in this position will work with the rest of our team of software developers, UI/UX designers, and engineers to expand upon a full-featured energy simulation for the US Marine Corps and US Army. This position will work with a team of other software developers and engineers at US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and collaborating organizations. For the full job description and to apply, please click here.

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> DHG / Culture and Fraud: Going Beyond the Triangle / October 12

Join DHG for a virtual discussion as we bring together a multidisciplinary group of professionals with backgrounds in fraud, forensics and organizational behavior to discuss how culture affects fraud risk at organizations. The discussion will include insights from Victoria Grady, PhD, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at George Mason University. She will be joined by DHG partners Erik Lioy, Forensic and Valuation Services and Scott Spohn, People & Change. For more info, click here.
 
> Institute for Excellence in Sales LIVE Programs Return! – Marriott Fairview Park, Oct. 8 - Fairfax

IES LIVE PROGRAMS ARE BACK BABY! And we’re featuring some of the top sales speakers on the planet to help you take your sales efforts to the next level starting with “The Get Along Guy,” Arnold Sanow. Successful selling often comes down to having great relationships and we will explore the 3 keys to relationship selling at this breakfast program. This interactive "how-to" program will provide you with real-life, practical, and easy to understand tips, tools, and solutions you can use NOW to instantly improve your selling IQ.

For more information and to register at the Early Bird sale rate, go to:

https://cvent.me/YPQ7aA

> The DataTribe Challenge: What could your company do with $2 million?

The DataTribe Challenge is a unique annual competition that brings together the best entrepreneurs in the world looking to disrupt cybersecurity and data science. DataTribe selects three finalists that split $20,000 in prize money and one winner that could receive up to $2 million in seed capital. Does your company have what it takes? Apply now: https://datatribe.com/challenge/

> Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit - Capital One Hall, Nov. 10 - Tysons

The Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit will be held LIVE and IN-PERSON at the spectacular new Capital One Hall in Tysons, Virginia on November 10. Now in its tenth year, the annual summit has become the “must-attend” marketing and digital event for the region and beyond.

The summit features dozens of case studies, keynotes, and presentations on the most important issues facing marketers in 2022 and beyond. As an added bonus to attendees, this year’s summit will be held alongside the PR Summit DC

For more information and to register at a special flash sale rate, go to:

https://mamsummit.com/

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> Lowenstein Sandler: Helping D.C. Area Tech Innovators Meet Today's Legal and Regulatory Challenges.

Lowenstein Sandler is a law firm serving technology leaders throughout the greater D.C. metro area. The lawyers in our rapidly growing D.C. office work hand-in-hand with some of the most innovative entrepreneurs and business executives in the region. We partner with our technology clients to design strategic, effective solutions to their legal and regulatory challenges so they can focus on what they do best: innovate, build, and deliver the products, software, and services that lead our world into the future.

https://www.lowenstein.com/our-dc-office


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