August 14


05:30 pm - 07:30 pm

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Defense Entrepreneurs Forum


We hope you’ll be able to join us for another DEF Bloomington Drink & Think on Wednesday, August 14th at The Dimension Mill at 5:30 PM. We’ll be hearing from a diverse panel of cybersecurity experts talking about their experiences. Come join us for a chance to learn more and meet other virtuous insurgents! Tickets are free, with spirits from Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery, plus beer and wine from Switchyard Brewery.

Featured speakers include:

  • Jason Whitney, Associate Vice President – IU Ventures. Formerly the Mgr of Strategic Partnerships for IU Ventures for Indiana Philanthropic Venture Fund and Vice President & General Manager – Launch Indiana at Launch Fishers

  • Heath Murray, IT/CS Manager at Artisan Electronics. Murray has been in cybersecurity since his time as a law enforcement officer. He has been working in cybersecurity for the DoD since 2015.

  • Doug Rapp, VP of Cybersecurity CISO at Eleven Fifty Academy. Entrepreneur in Residence at Purdue Foundry at WestGate. President of Cyber Leadership Alliance. Previously, President of Rofori Corporation at DEFCON Cyber and Advisor for Cybersecurity for Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC).

  • Steve Bryant, Regional Director of Indiana South Central Small Business Development Center and Executive Director of the Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College, who will emcee the discussion.

The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum is a non-profit network of problem solvers in the military, government and private sector that work together to increase innovation and support disruptive thinkers in the national security space. The mission of DEF is “Inspire – Connect – Empower” and involves not only monthly gatherings around the world, but periodic DEFx events, an annual conference, and ongoing collaboration via Slack, Facebook and LinkedIn.

If you are a military member, work in government, are an entrepreneur focused on national security, or find the idea of helping solve tough problems enticing, then DEF’s monthly Drink & Thinks are a great way to learn more.


Why should I register? Taking the couple minutes it takes to register helps the local DEF team to better prepare the planned space for everyone who plans on attending. Thanks in advance!

What are my transportation/parking options? Parking is available in the vicinity of the venue.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Feel free to message DEF any questions you may have on Facebook in advance, or shoot us an email. We don’t like spam, but are interested in just about anything else that falls into DEF lanes, so, when in doubt, reach out! We are, after all, about connecting people.