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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Nov. 13, 2023
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Applications are now open for university students to apply for the 2024 X-Force Fellowship program. Selected fellows will work with military and national security leaders next summer on real-world DoD challenges, participate in professional development opportunities, and build a portfolio using their skills for national security solutions. Apply by Jan. 31, 2024. 


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. 17, 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. 17, 2023 
Innovators with solutions to bolster Indian and American binational security may submit their technologies for the opportunity to receive part of $300,000 available in the new DIU and India-U.S. Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X) challenges. Submit technologies that enable underwater communication or maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) by Nov. 17.     

NOV. 17, 2023 
Educational design and curriculum development professionals are invited to submit curriculum proposals that address critical skill gaps in the federal workforce while encouraging students to pursue careers in government. Through this new Defense Innovator’s Toolkit course, students will develop a greater understanding of civilian employee roles within the Department of Defense (DoD), gain valuable experience utilizing innovation tools, and explore professional opportunities in the federal space.   


NOV. 29, 2023 
Undergraduate and graduate students may 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.    


NOV. 29, 2023 
Startups will learn how to work with the government from DoD and industry leaders. The event features representatives from DIU and NSIN, and other defense innovation organizations like AFWERX, Army Applications Laboratory, and the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).  

DEC. 1, 2023 
See early-stage ventures present the defense applications of their dual-use technologies during the NSIN Propel Boston 2023 Demo Day. The companies will showcase technologies for digital mission engineering, human-machine interfaces, and unmanned systems with the potential to give Special Operations Forces an asymmetric advantage.     


Tim Hsia, Founder and Managing Partner of Context Ventures, Brandon Shelton, Founder and Managing Partner of Task Force X (TFX) Capital, and Derren Burrell, Founder and Managing Partner of Veteran Ventures Capital spoke about how their perspectives as veterans influences the investment strategies at their respective organizations in NSIN’s latest Investor Spotlight.


Xage Security improves the cyber readiness of operational capabilities for DoD and commercial industry through risk management solutions on Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as surveillance cameras and temperature sensors. The company recently raised $20 million in a Series B round to continue expanding its zero trust cybersecurity innovations. 


DEC. 7, 2023 
Innovators with ideas for a Large Language Model Maturity Model (LLM MM) that could be used to assess the applicability of LLM solutions for various use cases and workflows may submit their solutions to the Department of Defense’s Chief Digital and AI Office (CDAO) for the opportunity to participate in the Advantage DoD 2024: Defense Data & AI Symposium. Submissions are due Dec. 7.    


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

NOV. 17, 2023

Innovators with technologies that could enable the DoD to conduct cyber hunt operations on DoD and partner-owned networks in order to find and analyze malicious cyber actors’ activities, capabilities, and infrastructure may submit their solutions to DIU for the potential to be selected for a contract award.  

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