Salvador Badillo Rios

Senior Associate and Portfolio Manager, NSIC

As a Senior Associate and Portfolio Manager at National Security Innovation Capital (NSIC), Salvador leverages his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, his 10 years of experience in aerospace, energy, and defense, and his business acumen to identify, evaluate, and support U.S. technology startups developing dual-use deep-tech hardware solutions with both commercial and defense applications.

His core competencies include early-stage venture capital, national security strategy, and deep technology. He also has experience securing funding for engineering research at top universities, engaging in product management and AI consulting for early-stage startups, and conducting experimental and computational research at top government, DoD, and university research laboratories. As a first- generation bilingual LGBTQ Latino, he is passionate about increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech venture capital and startup communities. He strongly believes this is a key strategy for enhancing innovation, economic production, and growth.

In summary, he is bridging the gap between the private and public sectors, enabling the U.S. to maintain its technological edge and competitiveness in the global market, and amplifying the voices of marginalized communities.

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