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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, March 20, 2023
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Rebecca Gevalt, Managing Partner at Dcode Ventures, shares advice for dual-use, defense-focused startups and her perspective as a female partner in venture capital (VC) in NSIN’s latest Investor Spotlight Q&A. The series shares insights from top investors to help defense innovators better understand the investment landscape.

NSIN Staff Share Their Top Defense Innovation Reads


NSIN Managing Director Cheryl Ingstad is delivering the closing remarks at the NVIDIA GTC 2023 Event & Innovation Showcase on March 22.

NSIN Staff Share Their Top Defense Innovation Reads
Expand your library with top reads on innovation, technology, and defense during National Reading Month. NSIN Regional Engagement Principal for Los Angeles Rahul Singh shares his pick, “The Code” by Margaret O'Mara. Keep up with the series on our LinkedIn page for more recommendations.

NSIN Foundry 2023

APRIL 28, 2023

Discover a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs and federal laboratories to commercialize breakthrough defense technologies to solve national security problems. Over the five-month program, teams of entrepreneurs will work with innovation leaders to build new companies based on cutting-edge DoD technologies. Applications close April 28. Join NSIN for an information session on March 23 to learn more about the application process and desired technologies.


NSIN alumni Starfish Space raised $14 million in new funding to develop Otter, its satellite servicing vehicle which enables government and private industry to fix and refuel satellites in-orbit. With this funding, the company is expanding its team as it prepares for its first mission to space, and launching a prototype of Otter to extend satellite lifecycles for our nation. 

ABL Space, developer of a transportable satellite launch system, and Stoke Space, developer of reusable rockets, enable government and private industry to launch into orbit more often and from new locations. The launch pad allocations, provided by the U.S. Space Force, will enable the ventures to foster the development of novel launch systems for civilian and military space capabilities. 

NSIN Staff Share Their Top Defense Innovation Reads

Innovators can hear from NSIN Managing Director Cheryl Ingstad and Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) Acting Director Mike Madsen about how our organizations are working together to engage industry and academia to bring cutting-edge technology to the government. 

APRIL 15, 2023

Join industry, government, and academia to discuss the challenges and opportunities confronting the defense establishment on April 15 at the NSIN-sponsored Harvard Business School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology and National Security Conference. The conference will focus on the technological developments and innovation emerging from the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and explore those technologies’ implications for a future China-Taiwan contingency.

NSIN Presents: SynGen Challenge

MAY 1, 2023

Innovate the generation of synthetic (SynGen) training data for military computer vision algorithms. Finalists are eligible for a potential federal funding award of up to $75,000. Applications close May 1.


Follow the NSIN Defense Innovation Funding Opportunities Series on LinkedIn to identify more funding across the defense innovation space.
The U.S. Army xTech Pacific competition offers eligible small businesses from Hawaii, Alaska, and Washington with innovations to help the Army operate across long distances, an opportunity to engage with the DoD, earn prize money, and advance to the xTech accelerator program. Finalists are eligible for part of $800,000 in competition prizes with the potential to advance and earn up to $250,000 in Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards or $1.9 million in Direct to Phase II SBIR awards. Submissions to xTech Pacific close on April 20.


MARCH 30, 2023

See members of industry and academia showcase their cutting-edge cybersecurity and cyber resilience technologies and capabilities to scientists and engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate (AFRL/RW).

MAY 10, 2023

Join the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) for a forum on the importance of cybersecurity in securing intellectual property and protecting the defense supply chain. The event will feature thought leaders from government and industry as they share the latest on DoD security requirements and expectations for the Defense Industrial Base. 

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