Atlanta MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center’s New Technology Advisor

The Atlanta MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center at Georgia Tech is pleased to announce that JarMarcus King, COO of J&F Alliance, has also joined the Center as a Technology Advisor. Mr. King has been critical to the successful launch of the Center’s NEXTTECH 2020 program that connects minority business enterprises (MBEs) to corporations and federal agencies seeking technology and innovation solutions. He offers his technology expertise to help the Center build NEXTTECH 2020 as well as address other technology trends. “We are pleased to have Mr. King on our team,” say Center Director Donna M. Ennis, C.P.F. “His extensive knowledge of technology trends has been invaluable to us as we address the technology needs of corporate and federal agency supply chains.”

Beginning his career as a U.S. Army Cargo Specialist, King has a substantial career in the defense industry working on a multitude of high-level projects fielding new technology in major areas of conflict. Not only has Mr. King completed tenure at the Georgia Tech Research Institute and Redstone Arsenal, but he has most recently been working as a Creative Technologist with J&F Alliance Group overseeing a various range of web projects, mobile apps, and other digital media experiences.

NEXTTECH 2020: Air Force Research Laboratory

We partnered with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to search for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) with market-ready tech that can address the needs below:

  • Enable smartphones to function in subzero conditions for hours and days.
  • Sensors to detect small molecules in real-time at varying altitudes.
  • A flexible and rugged device with the ability to remove salt ions and provide real-time analysis of sweat.


This was our third NEXTTECH event, and the second one with a federal agency. The participating MBES were from all over the U.S. including California and Puerto Rico. Following an explanation of the challenges by Dr. David Stargel, Deputy Chief Scientist of AFRL, the companies asked technical questions and questions about how an MBE manufacturer can work with AFRL.

To learn more about the Air Force Research Laboratory initiative, view the video below.

The Atlanta MBDA Centers Connects Innovative Minority Business Enterprises with Funded Opportunities

The NEXTTECH 2020 launch introduced an innovative matchmaking series presented by the Atlanta Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Centers. This program was established to connect minority business enterprises (MBEs) to technology-driven opportunities and partnerships.

NEXTTECH 2020 Pitch Day will match MBEs to decision-makers during a series of virtual meetings and presentations over the next six months.

The first NEXTTECH 2020 presentation on May 19 was in collaboration with the Department of Energy and focused on energy storage challenges. The Department of Energy shared a list of energy storage needs to be addressed through market-ready technology solutions.
(To see the Department of Energy NEXTTECH 2020 presentation, click here.)

The NEXTTECH 2020 series will continue on July 21, 2020, with a need to solve training challenges through the use of artificial reality, virtual reality and simulation technology.

Visit www.nexttechpitch.com for updates.