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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Aug. 21, 2023
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AUG. 25, 2023 
Pre-Series A ventures interested in the government market are invited to apply for the 2023 NSIN Vector program. Selected companies will work with experts from NSIN and the military to develop dual-use technologies and compete for non-dilutive funding. The program is open to ventures from Hawaii, Washington, Kansas, Ohio, and Arizona—where NSIN will place future Mission Acceleration Centers. Vector applications are due Aug. 25.


A team of civilians and servicemembers at Hanscom Air Force Base devised solutions to ensure the personnel readiness of Airmen and Guardian for new challenges to national security. During the Bootcamp, the team created a system to report and track Airman and Guardian training and medical requirements in real time, providing  base leadership critical information on service members and their skill sets. 

Jim Hunt, Managing Partner of Lavrock Ventures, shares insights he gained through his wide-ranging career, outlines markers of success in business, and talks about common pitfalls facing dual-use and defense-focused startups.


The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it will make $5 billion in loan dollars available to venture capital (VC) funds. The new program features a loan structure that is better suited to the longer-duration investments that are typical of VC funds, creating space for these funds to invest in technologies that are critical to the U.S.’s global competitiveness and to national security.


AUG. 24, 2023

Connect with government, industry, and the broader innovation and intelligence communities to exchange ideas about government programs, resources, and opportunities for geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) innovation. Innovators can attend virtually or in-person at The GEOINT Hub at the Technology Entrepreneur Center, Inc. (T-REX) in St. Louis.

AUG. 29, 2023

Help inform how the newly established India-U.S. Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X) will move forward and create innovation hubs to foster collaboration between U.S. and Indian academic institutions, industry, and government.

SEPT. 26, 2023

Take part in conversations about maximizing professional opportunities and working to deliver a decisive competitive advantage to the warfighter at the 2023 Women In Defense National Conference.


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

AUG. 22, 2023

Innovators with technologies that could increase the range of single all-electric powertrain ground vehicles may submit their solutions for the opportunity to receive  funding from Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). Submissions are due Aug. 22.

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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