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National Security Innovation Network
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023
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DIU and its Indian peer, Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX), are kicking off two prize challenges during the inaugural India-U.S. Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X) meeting. The ecosystem aims to foster collaboration and spur innovation between American and Indian defense ecosystems. The prize challenges will offer awards for undersea communication and maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR).


At Fed Supernova, DIU Director Doug Beck illustrated why the DoD needs to move quickly to leverage commercial technologies to address our growing national security challenges. “Frankly, we are not getting [where we need to be] fast enough,” said Beck. “There are many layers of risk aversion built into our processes to protect against bad things, but we need to think about risk in a different way to take advantage of the incredible capabilities being created today.”


SEPT. 13, 2023 
Learn about government technology needs and opportunities to work with DIU and NSIN during the Florida Regional Roadshow at the Central Florida Tech Grove in Orlando. Representatives from DIU and NSIN will be available to answer questions and help open doors for ventures to work with the DoD.

SEPT. 21, 2023 
Ten startups will share their solutions for improving the Air Force’s resilient basing and moving target engagement at the NSIN Propel New York Showcase Day. The dual-use ventures will pitch to venture capital, commercial startup accelerators, and DoD stakeholders. 

OCT. 17, 2023 
Learn how leaders in the public sector are working to spur innovation and reshape the future of government. NSIN Venture Portfolio Director and Director of Enterprise Services Abigail Desjardins, Director of Innovation at the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority Robert Bornhofen, and Entrepreneur-In-Residence at BMNT Sabra Horne will lead the conversation.


IperionX, whose novel titanium production process results in higher strength titanium made at a lower cost and with fewer emissions, has received an order from Lockheed Martin to produce a titanium plate for testing. Good performance during the testing phase will represent an important step towards commercialization for the company.

ZeroEyes provides the government and private industry with artificial intelligence (AI)-based gun detection software that enables security to quickly detect and respond to potential threats. The company will use the additional funds to expand its headquarters and build out its operations and monitoring center.

Axiom Space provides the government and private industry with greater access to space through safer, more cost effective human spaceflight services and updated, human-rated, space-based infrastructure. With the funding, the company will continue to fulfill contracts and work toward their buildout of a commercial space station.


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. 

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.

SEPT. 7, 2023

Innovators with the ability to prototype and demonstrate on-orbit systems that could rapidly launch, match an object’s orbital plane, conduct rendezvous and proximity operations (RPO), and quickly inspect and characterize a simulated threat may submit their solutions for the opportunity to receive a contract agreement from Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). Submissions are due Sept. 7.

OCT. 3, 2023

Innovators with artificial intelligence (AI) tools that could be used to automatically detect and remediate software vulnerabilities submit their solutions to Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the opportunity to receive part of a $18.5 million prize purse. Submissions are due Oct. 3.

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