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On Tuesday, August 20, 2019 Public Spend Forum convened experts from government and industry to discuss barriers to entry that small and emerging companies face when trying to enter the public sector market.

Featuring the perspectives of a startup owner (panelist Mat Chacon, Doghead Simulations), a former federal leader whose work spans startup acceleration to running an innovation hub at DHS (Molly Cain, #GovCity), and a federal contracting officer with a technology focus at the United States Digital Service (Traci Walker, Director, Digital Service Procurement), the hour long panel session quickly identified certain barriers that startups face that aren’t always discussed in such a frank, straightforward manner.

With host Raj Sharma moderating the panel, our discussion started with perspectives on the biggest hurdles that face startups and concluded with suggestions on how both sides can improve. This blog contains a summary of the topic areas and key points discussed in this exciting discussion. For a look at the complete conversation, we invite you to watch the full recording of the webinar and read more on the key takeaways on Public Spend Forum.