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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Sept. 18, 2023
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NSIN, in partnership with the 1st Multi-Domain Task Force (1st MDTF), recently awarded a combined $75,000 to the three winning companies of the Extended Range Sensor Challenge. "This challenge is a big success for us,” said Lt. Col. Blake Schwartz, 1st MDTF data science chief. “We're getting exposure to a lot of different technologies, many of which we didn't know about at all, some of which are better understood and put our problem set out there for a lot of industries as well."


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


A cohort of 20 early-stage ventures will explore defense applications for their commercial technologies and compete for part of $50,000 during the 2023 NSIN Vector accelerator. The startups will leverage their technologies to address national security focus areas including the conflict in Ukraine, strategic deterrence, and Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2).


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.

NOV. 15, 2023 
At an upcoming showcase day, top teams from the 2023 NSIN Foundry and Forge cohorts will pitch dual-use, defense and commercial solutions they created from federal technologies to an audience of investors, government stakeholders, industry experts, and entrepreneurs. The teams will compete for cash prizes as they share the spinout ventures they created.


Rachel Johns, who spent this past summer as an X-Force Fellow working on a critical minerals acquisition project for Picatinny Arsenal, was named as one of St. Louis’ Most Innovative Individuals Under 25 by St. Louis Inno. She is finishing her degree at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) under a DoD Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship. Johns will work in geospatial analytics at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) once she graduates.


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. 26, 2023

Innovators with low-cost, high-resolution, medium format, daylight readable displays for mixed reality headsets may submit their solutions for the opportunity to receive up to $1.9 million in small business innovation research (SBIR) funding from the Army.

SEPT. 26, 2023

Small businesses with low-cost short-wave infrared (SWIR) laser sensors that could enable broader use of SWIR sensors in combat vehicles may submit their solutions for the opportunity to receive up to $1.9 million in small business innovation research (SBIR) funding from the Army. 

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NSIN is a program office in the U.S. Department of Defense, nested within the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). We are set up to collaborate with a wide variety of innovators to include universities, researchers, students, entrepreneurs and start-ups. We create opportunities for collaboration across communities and connect those that might not traditionally work in national security. Together, we help drive national security innovation and develop technologies that directly support the individuals responsible for protecting our country.  
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