Accelerating the adoption of novel concepts and solutions.

The Acceleration Portfolio is focused on finding and creating ventures that develop solutions to the real-world problems faced by service members. The Acceleration Portfolio identifies startups emerging from the academic and the venture communities that can address DoD problems in innovative ways. Our programs and services support the engagement of ventures with potential DoD customers and stimulate the creation of new ventures from technologies emerging from DoD labs.

NSIN’s Acceleration Portfolio programs include:


Compass is the latest pilot program from the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN). It is unique in its focus on working with incubators and accelerators in low-income states to source new participants to engage in national security problem-solving opportunities while developing experience to do business with the Department of Defense (DoD).


NSIN Foundry identifies breakthrough Department of Defense (DoD) lab technology and leverages it to solve the real-world problems of DoD and commercial customers. Teams of entrepreneurs, working with DoD lab scientists and technologists, assess the market viability and the potential to commercialize DoD lab technologies.

Emerge Accelerator

The NSIN Emerge Accelerator connects Department of Defense (DoD) mission partners (e.g., operational units, program offices, etc.) with emerging technology teams and startups at our nation’s top research universities. Participating university partners throughout the NSIN Network identify teams based on DoD technology areas of interest. During an academic year, these teams receive the support and training necessary to become new dual-use (i.e., applicable to the commercial and DoD market) ventures.


Propel partners with the nation’s leading startup accelerators to help the Department of Defense access emerging technology from the venture community by supporting cohorts of early-stage dual-use ventures in developing their ability to understand and work with military customers.


Starts events give dual-use ventures opportunities to showcase their technology and business ideas to potential Department of Defense customers, contracting officers, potential mentors, and investors.


The NSIN Vector program is an accelerated learning opportunity based on the business fundamentals of dual-use venture creation. The program seeks prior NSIN programming alumni to participate for the opportunity to compete for a follow-on contract.