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DCN is a unique company. We combine the in-depth development and commercialization experience of our team with our extensive networks of innovators, developers and investors.

DCN is a spin-out of regional private equity firm Edge Development Capital (now affiliated with Cimarron Capital Partners). In 1997, Edge helped to launch the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds (NASVF). For over ten years DCN provided the NASVF with comprehensive management as well as selected programming.

In 2001, we began providing ongoing association management services to the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA).

Since reconfiguration as DCN in 2002, our team has rapidly expanded to build problem-solving organizations and entrepreneurial networks. In 2002, DCN created the WBTshowcase, the nation's premier global investment and licensing forum, and helped to launch the Latin American Venture Capital Association (LAVCA).

As an approved GSA contractor on the MOBIS Schedule, DCN established its SBIR/STTR Commercialization Planning Program for National Science Foundation Phase I grantees in 2006.

In 2010, DCN founded Bird Dog Innovation Strategies, a service providing patent landscaping, strategic partnering, and licensing assistance to entrepreneurs and researchers. In 2014, Bird Dog Innovation Strategies, LLC., was formed as an independent company and continues to thrive.

In addition to these partners, we engage with many other associations and entrepreneurial networks as well as government and development agencies. We seek relationships with organizations that share our values and strive to grow local, regional and international economies.

Along the way, we have built a reputation as a responsive and innovative company with technical expertise, integrity, and genuine commitment to our partners' missions.