William Eggers and Max Meyers of Deloitte wrote in an FCW article published Thursday that federal agencies can “spin in” commercial technological capabilities by implementing four investment strategy models used in the venture capital market.
Those models are industrial base, accelerators, open architecture and strategic partnerships.
The Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Organization’s move to identify and establish a set of tech suppliers reflects an industrial base partnership. Eggers and Meyers called that partnership a “variant of a broader ‘portfolio’ investment strategy, which can help source products whose usage is well understood through innovative acquisition approaches and venture funding arms.”
They noted that accelerators illustrate an “early-stage” investment strategy that provides startups with access to customer insights, assets, sector expertise and other resources to further develop less mature products.
Meyers and Eggers also discussed the strategic partnership and open architecture models by citing the United Nations’ partnership with Mastercard and the National Institute of Health’s Data Commons cloud-based platform as examples.
Eggers is executive director of Deloitte’s Center for Government Insights and Meyers is a manager at Deloitte Consulting’s government and public services practice.