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Phase I focuses on customer discovery, exploring the commercial viability of the DoD technology, and identifying business and technology development pathways. Phase II focuses on company formation and identifying commercial and public funding opportunities. At the end of the cohort, teams present labs with a market assessment report and compete in a Demo Day pitch event in front of potential customers and investors.


About the Event

NSIN Forge is a National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) program that partners with FedTech to bring deep tech government inventions to established ventures. Forge identifies Department of Defense (DoD) technologies available for commercialization and matches them with startup companies to participate in the cohort.


2:30 p.m. / 1430 ET


Welcome Remarks 

2:40 p.m. / 1440 ET

Keynote Address

Robert Burns - Executive Director, Innovation & Collaboration Science & Technology Directorate, U.S. Department Of Homeland Security

2:50 p.m. / 1450 ET

Venture Spotlight

Dave Copps - Serial Entrepreneur, Founder & CEO,

Jennifer Ortakales - Entrepreneurship Reporter for Business Insider

3:30 p.m. / 1530 ET


Closing Discussion and Audience Q&A

About the Speakers

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Robert Burns

Executive Director, Office of Innovation & Collaboration

DHS Science & Technology Directorate

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Dave Copps

Serial Entrepreneur, Chief Executive Officer at Worlds

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Jennifer Ortakales

Journalist, Business Insider

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