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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Oct. 2, 2023
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Ventures can help onshore critical microelectronics supply chain activities and expand opportunities to do business with the DoD as participants in the next cohort of the NSIN Propel Economic Development Initiative (EDI). For the upcoming cohort, NSIN has partnered with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) and its Radio Frequency (RF) and Optoelectronics Division, an innovative DoD laboratory that seeks to upgrade to the Navy’s domestically produced microelectronics solutions.


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.

OCT. 20, 2023 
Discover how technological innovations in digital engineering and management, agile software, and open architecture impact our national security, global competitiveness, and future workforce. Beverly Seay, NSIN Southeast Regional Director, Dr. Will Roper, founder and Chief Executive Officer of technology startup Istari Digital, and Josh Atlman, National Security Advisor to Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff will lead the forum.

OCT. 20, 2023 
Submit innovations for medium- to high-altitude small tactical aerial platforms for extended loitering (STAPEL) to the Space Prototyping and Experimentation Branch at the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC) for the chance to receive part of $150,000 during our latest challenge, NSIN Presents: Project STAPEL.

OCT. 30, 2023 
Innovators with artificial intelligence (AI)-based large language models that could automate processes such as instructional systems design and requirements development for the Navy’s Ready Relevant Learning (RRL) initiative may register to compete for part of a $160,000 prize purse during the NSIN-supported Ready Relevant Learning Prize Challenge. Attend the virtual information session on Oct. 3 to learn more about the challenge and desired solutions.

NOV. 3, 2023 
Ventures interested in bringing university intellectual property (IP) to the federal and commercial markets are invited to apply to join the NSIN Emerge accelerator. Participating ventures will have access to training and mentorship and will receive $20,000 each in non-dilutive funding.

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

NOV. 29, 2023 
Win part of a $90,000 prize pool in the NSIN and xTech Good Vibrations Challenge with innovative algorithms that could help the Army determine whether vehicles pose a threat using terrestrial ground sensors. The challenge is open to undergraduate and graduate students.


NSIN alum Tomahawk Robotics, the maker of an AI-enabled common controller that enables the warfighter to control various unmanned systems through a unified system, was acquired by AeroVironment, a company that provides the DoD with unmanned aircraft, vehicles, and weapons.

NSIN alum Zipline provides the government and private sector with rapid, low cost delivery of supplies and goods through their drone-based logistics service. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently gave Zipline permission to bypass a mandate that requires drones to be operated under visual observation, allowing the company to complete deliveries using drones that operate beyond the operator’s visual line of sight (BVLOS).


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

OCT. 10, 2023

Innovators with affordable, modular open architecture aerial vehicles that could be and mass-produced in a distributed manner may submit their solutions to DIU for the potential to be selected for a contract award. Submissions are due Oct. 10, 2023.

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