The Emerge Accelerator connects U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) mission partners (e.g., operational units, program offices, etc.) with emerging technology teams and startups at our nation’s top research universities.


The NSIN Emerge Accelerator seeks to establish partnerships with universities to create new dual-use ventures that can serve both government and commercial markets. The ventures will be based on existing university intellectual property corresponding to the DoD’s urgent and critical areas of technology development.

The 12-week program offers participants funding to accelerate venture creation and technology transition.The program also offers access to feedback, advisors, and potential partners from the DoD and private industry. While pursuing federal and commercial markets is highly encouraged, the NSIN Emerge Accelerator excels at providing new ventures with the baseline knowledge necessary to do business with the federal government and the private sector.

For additional information, visit our program page.


Teams should have reached a Technology Readiness Level* (TRL) of 4 (validation in a relevant environment) or greater, plus a technology vertical focus on artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML), deep tech, autonomy, cyber security, and other general technology solutions.

*Source: The 9 Technology Readiness Levels of the DoD

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