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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, April 10, 2023
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Christy Cardenas, Managing Partner, Grit Ventures


Meet 2019 NSIN Foundry alumna Joanna Patsalis, co-founder and COO of Direct Kinetic Solutions (DKS) and Forbes 30 Under 30 program honoree. Patsalis and DKS are helping warfighters with cutting-edge technology to increase operational battery power and mission efficiency.

DKS boasts over $6 million in contract awards and licenses because of the relationships and credibility the team developed with DoD partners while working with the Army Research Lab during Foundry.

Apply for the next Foundry cohort today and collaborate with federal laboratories to commercialize breakthrough defense technologies and build new companies. Join NSIN for an information session on April 12 to learn more about the application process and desired technologies. Applications for Foundry are due April 28.



APRIL 14, 2023

Work with DoD and government stakeholders like the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Information Directorate, the premier research organization for command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) and cyber technologies for the U.S. Air Force, in NSIN’s latest accelerator, NSIN Propel New York. 

Selected companies for the accelerator will have opportunities to test, evaluate, and demonstrate technology for DoD mission partners and venture capital. Attend the NSIN Propel New York information session on April 14 to learn more about growing your venture in the accelerator.

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.


NSIN alumni Starfish Space won a $3 million contract from the National Security Innovation Capital (NSIC) to develop the team’s Nautilus electrostatic adhesive docking and capture mechanism. With the next phase of growth, Starfish will continue to increase the in-orbit capabilities of our nation’s satellites.  


NSIN looks forward to working with Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)'s new Director, Doug Beck, on our shared mission to accelerate defense solutions and build relationships with organizations that strengthen our national security innovation base.

Natural language processing startup Danti won a potential $75,000 award to identify capabilities that transform the way the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and its partners search and discover geospatial content.

Nine companies with augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) technologies selected for the 2023 NSIN Propel Economic Development Initiative (EDI) cohort will solve U.S. Air Force Spark Cell capability gaps and critical training needs. Through Propel EDI, ventures in historically under-represented areas – including HUB Zones, Opportunity Zones, and low-income states – connect with DoD stakeholders to address some of the nation’s pressing national security challenges.

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. 

Innovators with software tools to assess configuration settings to improve interoperability during distributed mission training events may be awarded part of a $100,000 prize purse by Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD). Applications close April 21.


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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