Driving access to early-stage ventures to address national security problems.

The Venture Portfolio develops and executes programs and services intended to facilitate access to emerging technology as it engages the talents of fast-moving innovators and non-traditional problem-solvers. The Venture Portfolio works directly with dual-use early stage ventures emerging from both the academic and venture community who have solutions that address Department of Defense (DoD) problems.

Creating an advantage for defense innovation through customer discovery and solution adoption.

Explore our portfolio of programs to learn more.


NSIN Challenges bring collaborators from the defense, academic, and venture communities to work on the most challenging technical problems in national security.


The NSIN Emerge Accelerator connects 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.


NSIN Propel partners with the nation’s leading startup accelerators to help the DoD 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 DoD Mission Partners.