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Many mind-blowing ideas are being birthed in U.S. startup companies, but the Pentagon largely misses out on them. For our big bureaucracy, awarding a contract in months is a flash. The Pentagon must do business at the speed of ideas: inspiring and accelerating startup creativity toward national security challenges. The smaller the company, the faster we must move. We accept that challenge. Welcome to Air Force Pitch Day.
"Pitch Days are new fast tracks for startups to work with the Air Force. Modeled after commercial investment pitch competitions, our goal is to award $40 million to startups using one-day, one-page contracts. These awards use convenient credit card payments— we want partnering with the Air Force to be easy and energizing!" Dr. Will Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
We are excited to see your ideas! Our mission is broad, so Pitch Day is open to all ideas furthering national security in air, space and cyberspace. Our Inaugural Pitch Day will have special emphasis on three areas.
Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Network
Battlefield Air Operations Family of Systems Technologies
All startups and small businesses that are:
U.S. based for-profit Business
More than 50% owned by U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens
No more than 500 employees
Additional requirements apply
For more information about other eligibility requirements visit https://www.sbir.gov/about
HOW TO SUBMIT
Companies will have from January 8th to (8:00pm EST) on February 6th 2019 to submit proposals and pitch decks. Companies submit applications via https://sbir.defensebusiness.org/. Air Force will notify selected companies for in-person pitches by February 15, 2019.
Join us on January 4th for Ask Me Anything sessions about Air Force Pitch Day on Zoom. Additional Ask Me Anything sessions about the individual technical topics for the Air Force Pitch Day will be announced soon. https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/477699181
Download the Flyer: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HkdN1EtWN3-epV3ivvMu20zrS3qKxhtM