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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, July 24, 2023
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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.


HawkEye 360 provides the DoD with increased situational awareness by enabling the tracking, detection, geolocation, and characterization of radio frequency (RF) signals. With the new funding, the company plans to transition to a new satellite architecture and make investments in artificial intelligence, data fusion, and multi-intelligence orchestration.

Kall Morris Inc. mitigates threats to satellites by reducing potentially damaging space debris using its robotic debris removal system, REACHH. Through their contract with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Kall Morris will test and iterate REACHH in orbit on the International Space Station (ISS).


During a recent NSIN Bootcamp, Hanscom Air Force Base (AFB) developed solutions to free up critical resources in the base’s contracting workflow by automating and simplifying key tasks. The team participated in hands-on, practical problem-solving workshops to create tangible solutions then presented their outcomes to Hanscom leadership for potential implementation on the base.

NSIN, with the help of Spencer Reynolds, NSIN Regional Engagement Principal for New Jersey, has renewed its partnership with Princeton to bring NSIN programming to students and faculty, enabling them to work on real-world DoD challenges while bridging the talent gap between academia and the DoD.

Shabodi helps the DoD leverage 5G and advanced networks to power new,
cutting-edge technologies. Shabodi won a 2023 Enabling Technology Leadership Award in recognition of the company’s Application Enablement Platform (AEP), which helps organizations leverage advanced networks, save application development time, and increase their return on investment.


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.

AUG. 17, 2023
Registration is now open for the 2023 NSIN Defense Entrepreneurial Symposium. 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.


The time is right for U.S. software companies to break into the defense market where they will find opportunities to take advantage of new tools and resources, such as streamlined, software-specific procurement processes and cloud software certifications, favorable market conditions, and available private capital. 


SEPT. 21, 2023

Join global leaders from government and private industry to discuss the future of geopolitics, democracy, technology, and warfare through the lens of emerging technologies. 


Small businesses may join the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) for the Hyperspace Challenge where they will work on challenges faced by the space industry and have an opportunity to build relationships with potential DoD customers.


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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