Sarah Djamshidi, Managing Director
Ms. Djamshidi brings more than a decade of capital formation, business challenge assessment, go-to-market strategies, growth and exit planning and advisory service for emerging tech companies to National Capital (NCC).
She has advised high-profile, technology-based firms and early-stage tech companies and led public-private-partnership organizations with great success. She has earned her reputation as a detail-oriented executive leader who can synthesize complex business challenges to uncover solutions and opportunities for entrepreneurs.
She led the Chesapeake Innovation Center (CIC), a national, homeland and cyber security accelerator where she spearheaded partnerships to facilitate contracts for homeland and cyber security projects. During her tenure at CIC, she coached more than 200 innovative technology companies nationwide and a portfolio of 14 emerging companies.
As Director of the University of Maryland’s Technology Advancement Program (TAP), Sarah helped to raise $20 million for portfolio companies. She also was instrumental in the design, development, and implementation of the University ’s first technology spin-out program, MTECH VentureAccelerator.
In addition to managing her own business, Speedshift Ventures, she was the President of and now serves as the Strategic Advisor to Maryland Business Incubation Association (MBIA), an association of more than 20 incubators and accelerators supporting more than 400 emerging companies throughout the State of Maryland. She is also an active committee member for BASE Business Initiative (BBI), a Fort Meade Regional Growth Management Committee sponsored initiative.
Ms. Djamshidi holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Management Science and Statistics with specialization in Decision Information Systems from the University of Maryland.