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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, July 17, 2023
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AUG. 17, 2023 
Registration is now open for the 2023 NSIN Defense Entrepreneurial Symposium. On Aug. 17, attendees will learn how NSIN’s programs and services enable businesses to collaborate with the DoD, find business opportunities, and accelerate their growth. In addition, participants will gain insight into the DoD’s strategic imperatives for the defense ecosystem and make meaningful and enduring professional connections with industry and military leaders.


NSIN alumni companies took four of the 10 winning slots at the Army’s xTech Search 7 open-topic prize competition. The alumni, Arbor Batteries, Notch, Soar Technologies, and WingXpand, each received part of $450,000 and an opportunity to submit for Phase I SBIR contracts worth $250,000. Out of a record 775 applicants for xTech, the winners developed the most promising solutions to address the Army’s modernization priorities.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and geospatial technology startup Danti has received $2.75 million in pre-seed funding to develop its search engine technology. In April, Danti won the geoSpatial Environment for Access, Retrieval & Content Hosting (gSEARCH) Challenge, sponsored by NSIN and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), for its solution to deliver increased decision superiority to warfighters by transforming vast amounts of imagery and geospatial data into digestible information at a scale and scope ahead of any adversary.


AUG. 1, 2023
Early-stage ventures interested in the defense sector are invited to apply for NSIN Propel Boston. Selected companies will partner with experts from NSIN, the military, and private industry during the cohort and will work to transition their emerging technology solutions to address the modernization needs of the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community and its partners. Applications for the cohort are due Aug. 1.

AUG. 4, 2023
Companies with extended range sensor system innovations that could enhance environmental awareness and joint force maneuverability for the 1st Multi-Domain Task Force (1MDTF) are invited to submit solutions to the NSIN Presents: Extended Range Sensor Challenge for the chance to receive part of $75,000.


Follow the NSIN Defense Innovation Funding Opportunities Series on LinkedIn to identify more funding across the defense innovation space.

AUG. 15, 2023

Innovators with technologies that have the potential to improve Naval operations, logistics, or decision making may receive SBIR/STTR grants from the Navy. Submissions are due Aug. 15. 

AUG. 25, 2023

Startups with technologies supporting energy resilience, secure information sharing, and sensing and surveillance may submit their solutions to the North American Treaty Organization (NATO) Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) for the opportunity to receive €100,000 in the first round of competition. Selected startups will have the opportunity to move on to phase two and compete for up to €300,000 each in additional funding. Submissions are due Aug. 25.

OCT. 5, 2023

Innovators from industry and academia may submit digital tools that would enable informed, coordinated military movement planning and execution may submit their solutions to NATO for the chance to win part of an $8,500 prize purse. Submissions are due Oct. 5.

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