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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, March 27, 2023
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MARCH 28, 2023

Ventures from Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zones, Opportunity Zones, and low-income states can expand opportunities to do business with the DoD as participants in the next cohort of NSIN Propel Economic Development Initiative (EDI). Selected companies will work with NSIN and the U.S. Air Force Spark Cells and submit for an AFWERX Open Topic Direct to Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award worth up to $1.25 million. Applications close March 28 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.


NSIN is pleased to amplify the 2023 HBCU Entrepreneur’s Week hosted by Jackson State University’s College of
Business. The mission of HBCU Entrepreneur’s Week is to make interdisciplinary entrepreneurship experiences, opportunities, and resources accessible to students, alumni, faculty, and staff from all 101 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as well as local business owners and community members interested in learning more and engaging in the ecosystem.

NSIN Staff Share Their Top Defense Innovation Reads
Expand your library with top reads on innovation, technology, and defense during National Reading Month. NSIN Senior Federal Program Manager Cassie Muffley shares her pick, "The Rainforest, The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley," by Victor W. Hwang and Greg Horowitt. Keep up with the series on our LinkedIn page for more recommendations.

NSIN Foundry 2023
Discover how NSIN, the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), and National Security Innovation Capital (NSIC), help companies and the venture community reinvigorate civil-military technology collaboration. 


The South Dakota Mines Techstars Startup Weekend taught the entire gamut of business creation, all in 54 hours. SD Mines student and NSIN alumni John Barbour credits TechStars and NSIN programs with teaching him what he needed to know to launch a software venture to support DoD requirements.

Spark Cell leaders from across the nation learned about design thinking and pitching as they connected during the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) Innovation Week. NSIN Regional Engagement Principal for St. Louis Mike Seper shared how NSIN’s network and resources might be leveraged by Spark Cells to support the Air Force.


NSIN alumni Ubicept is delivering decision superiority to warfighters by improving computer vision capabilities. At a recent demonstration in Boston to TechCrunch, Ubicept’s technology bypassed still-frame images while directly analyzing image data, increasing the speed and quality of mission-critical information available for warfighters.

NSIN X-Force Fellowship alumni Alec Dionne and Maggie Sparling co-authored a report on how the U.S. might leverage policy around information and communication technologies to counter Chinese influence and strengthen U.S.-Pacific partnerships. 

NSIN alumni Kupros enables the DoD to increase the performance of critical circuits with greater conductivity and resistance to radiation while decreasing costs by allowing printing on common 3D printers. The company’s all-metal copper filament was licensed from Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division (NSWC Crane) with the help of NSIN and NSWC Crane’s Office of Technology Transfer.


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 innovations emerging from the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and explore those technologies’ implications for a potential future China-Taiwan contingency.

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.

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.

APRIL 20, 2023

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. 


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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