Driving access to early-stage ventures to address national security problems.

The Venture Portfolio develops and executes programs and services intended to facilitate access to emerging technology as it engages the talents of fast-moving innovators and non-traditional problem-solvers. The Venture Portfolio works directly with dual-use early stage ventures emerging from both the academic and venture community who have solutions that address Department of Defense (DoD) problems.

Creating an advantage for defense innovation through customer discovery and solution adoption.

Explore our portfolio of programs to learn more.


NSIN Challenges bring collaborators from the defense, academic, and venture communities to work on the most challenging technical problems in national security.


The Emerge Accelerator is an NSIN-designed and university-operated U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) focused startup accelerator for university ventures early in the process of commercializing deep technology.


NSIN Propel partners with the nation’s leading startup accelerators to help the DoD access emerging technology from the venture community by supporting cohorts of early-stage dual-use ventures in developing their ability to understand and work with DoD Mission Partners.

Propel EDI

Propel-EDI sources talented companies from economically challenged areas across the country to meet the objectives of the DoD. Specifically, NSIN partners with small, non-traditional companies located in Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zones, Opportunity Zones, or low-income states.


NSIN Vector is an opportunity for early-stage ventures to further develop their leading-edge technology solutions with the support of NSIN subject matter experts. Vector provides participating ventures with training and mentorship as they prepare for the showcase day where winning teams are awarded non-dilutive funding to advance their core business and equip them to work with the DoD.