Not all GEOINT Symposium attendees will be from military, government, or contracting. There will also be some private and public equity as well as venture capital investors among the crowd.
USGIF has partnered with Neptune, a small firm that provides strategic consulting, research, and advisory services to the financial sector, to offer a two-day program Tuesday and Wednesday introducing investors to the world of geospatial intelligence.
“The GEOINT revolution is underway,” said USGIF CEO Keith Masback. “And USGIF is using its platform as the convening authority for all things GEOINT to extend the message and broaden the discussion.”
This year’s investor program builds off the success of a one-day event held for the first time at last year’s Symposium.
“We hope to expand upon what we did last year,” said Patrick McCarthy, a partner with Neptune. “We want investors to have the opportunity to hear from some of the leading thinkers in GEOINT from panels and lunchtime discussions. We also want to introduce investors to some of the companies exhibiting at GEOINT 2015.”
McCarthy attributes GEOINT’s rising success to the proliferation of key technology such as GPS and remote sensors coupled with exponential growth as technologies designed for the government are increasingly leveraged commercially.
“When those two things come together you get fantastic growth opportunities,” McCarthy said. “We aim to make sure investors are well up to speed or ahead on this topic after coming out of the Symposium.”
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