Defense Innovation Accelerator

The NSIN Defense Innovation Accelerator (DIA) matches breakthrough Department of Defense (DoD) lab technology with teams of entrepreneurs to solve the real-world problems of DoD and commercial customers. Entrepreneurs work with DoD lab inventors, mentors, subject matter experts, and world class instructors to assess the market viability and the potential to commercialize DoD lab technologies.

DIA is a 4 month cohort-based program executed in two phases: customer discovery and early company formation. Successful teams have gone on to form companies, license the technology from the labs, and pursue various funding opportunities.

Applications for the 2021 cohort are now closed 


Interested in starting a high-tech company to solve the real-world problems of the Department of Defense and other commercial customers? Apply here!


Do you have a wealth of knowledge in the venture, technical, or defense world and want to pass that onto those just going through the process now? Consider becoming a mentor!