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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, March 21, 2022 
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NSIN alumni Simplesense helps operators and responders react faster in emergencies to save lives by integrating data and sensor technologies that convey critical information to make real-time decisions. Today, the startup has received over $15 million in contracts to solve installation-wide data integration platform problems for the military. 

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Small businesses from Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zones and Opportunity Zones in the NSIN Propel: Economic Development Initiative (EDI) accelerator will advance their commercial technologies for contract opportunities. During the cohort, NSIN will match companies with military and commercial mentors to build solutions to work with the DoD. Applications close March 23

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The application deadline for NSIN Foundry is now 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23. NSIN Foundry is a unique entrepreneurial opportunity focused on commercializing breakthrough defense technologies to solve national security problems.

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Applications are now open for early-stage ventures with commercial applications in the Mid-Atlantic to apply for this accelerator program to develop strategies for practical acquisitions, acquire knowledge and mentorship from experts, and grow the capacity of their dual-use technology to succeed in commercial and federal markets. 

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We invite you to learn more about NSIN alumnae Perla Latorre-Suarez, Kelly DiCristina, Monica Aahana Bernard, Lauren Hansen-Armendariz, and Lorie Vega who are emerging leaders in defense innovation. Our next speaker series event is March 29, featuring Janice Glover-Jones, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Chief Information Officer; and retired Col. Rachel McCaffrey, USAF, Vice President, Membership & Chapters for the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), and Executive Director of Women In Defense.


NEW MARCH 28, 2022 (Virtual)

Startups interested in joining the NSIN Propel 2022 cohort to develop their emerging dual-use technology for government and commercial markets can ask questions and learn more about the accelerator.


Applications are now open for early-stage startups to apply for the MassChallenge accelerator, where ventures will receive resources and access to investors to grow their ventures. The cohort will focus on technologies in safety and security, space commercialization, and climate solutions.


MARCH 23, 2022

Startups with artificial intelligence (AI) or robotics technology from the Pittsburgh area, Midwest, or Mid-Atlantic can showcase their solutions to investors at the AI & Robotics Venture Fair, hosted by Carnegie Mellon University and Innovation Works.

MARCH 23, 2022 (Virtual)

Learn about the future of air traffic surveillance services and infrastructure in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s 2022 National Airspace System (NAS) strategy. Attendees will also receive information for scheduling one-on-one sessions with FAA subject matter experts.

MARCH 24, 2022 (Virtual)

Discover new technologies to prepare warfighters for multi-domain engagements in a series of joint-force experiments hosted by Army Futures Command (AFC).

MARCH 28, 2022 (In-person)

Early-stage startups developing solutions in energy technology can receive resources and mentorship from industry leaders as part of mHUB’s Chicago-based accelerator program.

MARCH 30, 2022 (Virtual)

Discover upcoming business opportunities with the Defense Health Agency (DHA) at its virtual Industry Day Requirements Exchange (IDRE). Participants will be able to ask questions and interact with leadership at DHA.

APRIL 7, 2022 (In-person)

Expand your relationships with Northeastern-based entrepreneurs, startups, and leaders in defense innovation at “The Strength of the Innovation Ecosystem” event in Boston, co-hosted by Google and Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF).

TUESDAYS (Virtual)

Find answers to your SBIR and STTR cybersecurity and information protection questions every Tuesday at 1 p.m. EST, during the Department of Air Force (DAF)’s ask-me-anything series. On March 22, Kelley Kiernan, Blue Cyber Director, will answer your cybersecurity questions.


Air Force Ventures (AFVentures), under AFWERX, hosts webinars every Thursday at noon EST, to answer your questions about AFVentures Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) open topics.


Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking innovative solutions for quantum computing where the computational value of the system exceeds its costs and where the computer will operate uninterrupted even if one or more of its components fail. Solicitations are due March 23, and selected proposals will have the opportunity to negotiate an Other Transaction (OT) award with DARPA.
The Navy is seeking innovations for a system of sensors to enhance real-time detection of killer whales and North Atlantic right whales in high vessel traffic areas. NSIN, in partnership with Naval X Northwest Tech Bridge, 401 Tech Bridge, Washington Maritime Blue, and Quiet Sound, is offering a prize pool of $75,500 for solutions. Proposals are due March 31.
Follow the NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify more funding across the defense innovation space. 
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The National Security Innovation Network is a program of the U.S. Department of Defense that collaborates with major universities and the venture community to develop solutions that drive national security innovation. We operate three portfolios of programs and services: National Service, Collaboration, and Acceleration. Together, these portfolios form a pipeline of activities and solutions that accelerate the pace of defense innovation.  
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