January 17


06:00 pm - 09:00 pm

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Defense Entrepreneurs Forum


We’re starting-off the new year at DEF Hampton Roads with our next Drink & Think event on January 17th at 6:00 PM at the Old Dominion University Innovation Center. Join ODU Innovation Center Director, David Perkins, as he shares about entrepreneurship in the area and local support to the defense industry, then learn from Jon Haase about the basics of Scrum applied outside the software world. 

This will be a Drink and Think event with a Knowledge Swap and Beer Swap … bring some beer to trade with others while you learn from both the speakers and others in attendance! Thanks to Texas De Brazil for sponsoring with amazing food.

Limited on street parking is available.  Much more parking available directly adjacent to ODU Innovation Center at the York Street Parking Garage (501 Boush Street).

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. DEF Hampton Roads meets on a recurring basis to hear innovative leaders, entrepreneurs and authors share their stories and to get new ideas flowing in a casual environment (where uniforms and rank are left at the door).

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 the DEF Hampton Roads’ monthly events are a great way to learn more.


Why should I register if this is a free event? Taking the couple minutes it takes to register helps the local DEF team to better prepare the planned space and coordinate with the restaurant for everyone who plans on attending. Thanks in advance!

What are my transportation/parking options? Parking is available in the vicinity, but taxi and ride share work as well.

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.