Selected participants will present short pitches demonstrating the potential of ventures working at the intersection of national security and scalable commercial opportunities. Startup finalists selected to present at the event will have the opportunity to address high impact investors, defense and security industry representatives, and government leaders and become eligible for future NSIN-sponsored opportunities.
NSIN Starts LA will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd in Los Angeles, CA. We are taking submissions from early-stage ventures working in the areas of data virtualization, secure resilient cloud technology, human-machine teaming, and automation.
We are looking for entrepreneurs who are developing technologies or solutions that have a dual-use. Your company is eligible if you are building something capable of serving both the commercial and defense/security market, regardless of whether you are actively pursuing such a strategy at present.
Our goal is to get the most innovative projects in front of senior leaders who can support them. Some innovators need money. Some need an advocate to cut through the entrenched bureaucracy. Some want to recruit others to join their team.
Program Executive Office, Digital, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. leads more than 3,500 Airmen, government civilians and support contractors in the acquisition of software and weapons systems and to standardize and spread agile software development processes throughout the Air Force. PEO Digital also executes a $12 billion portfolio consisting of 322 programs across 15 divisions located in 9 major locations… Innovate… Deploy… Win.
Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communication, Intelligence, and Networks (C3I&N), Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. is responsible for more than 2,600 personnel and acquisition execution of a $12.1 billion portfolio developing, producing, deploying and sustaining Air Force, joint and coalition cyberspace, networks, cryptologic, data link systems, and special projects to enable decisive combat operations… Deliver… Innovate… Grow… D.I.G. IN!
NSIN is a program office reporting through the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense, Research, and Engineering whose mission is to build new communities of innovators to solve national security problems.
Selection Criteria to Include
- Potential to address scalable commercial markets
- Potential impact on urgent and important national security problem
- Level of technical innovation
- Strength and experience of team
- Readiness to test or demonstrate product/market fit
Steven D. Wert, Hanscom AFB
Steven D. Wert, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Program Executive Officer Digital, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. He leads more than 3,500 Airmen, government civilians and support contractors in the acquisition of software and weapons systems and in the standardization and dissemination of agile software development processes throughout the Air Force. PEO Digital also executes a $19 billion FYDP portfolio of ACAT, non-ACAT, technology transition, and Foreign Military Sales programs. He reports directly to the Service Acquisition Executive and is a milestone decision authority for delegated ACAT-II and all ACAT-III programs in the PEO Digital portfolio.
Wert served as an Air Force officer for nearly 25 years. He led performance engineering on the advanced medium-range air-to-air missile, and he served as program manager for missile integration efforts with the NATO Eurofighter, JAS-39 Gripen, and Peace Onyx F-16 programs. Wert later directed the Airborne Warning and Control System Radar Development Team and led the ACAT-I U.S./NATO Radar System Improvement Program.
Wert was on the Air Force Program Executive Officer staff as Director for Surveillance and Control Programs, including the E-3, E-4 and Peace Shield. He subsequently served as Deputy Director for Congressional and Budget Integration, Information Dominance, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. He was previously assigned to the Electronic Systems Center as executive officer to the commander and led the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System Program before joining Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command as Deputy Director for Engineering. Following active duty, Wert was employed by SRA International, Inc., supporting the Office of the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for ISR. Prior to his current appointment, he was Program Executive Officer for Theater Command and Control, Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom AFB.
Startup Selection Timeline
03 APR: Call for participation opens
26 APR: Call for participation closes
30 APR: Semi-finalists announced
03 MAY: Semi-finalist videos due
06 MAY: Five Finalists Announced
22 MAY: MD5 Starts LA event
Questions About the Event
Contact Scott Aughenbaugh for further details.