Can your startup partner with the Air Force?

October 30, 2018

Are you a startup looking to fill a tech gap or test out your product?

Then next week’s Bench-to-Business Showcase, hosted by the Wright Brother’s Institute & the Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing, is for you.

WBI & AFRL are hosting the free event at 444 E 2nd. St, Dayton, from 8:30a to 3p. The goal is to show ways local companies can partner & collaborate with the Air Force outside of traditional contracts, WBI Graphic Innovation Lead Jennie Hempstead said. These opportunities might include licensing or research agreements, or partnerships to share testing resources, often at no cost to the small business.

The Air Force can’t make their own equipment, they have to purchase it, so they want to see the research and tech coming out of their labs commercialized into products they can purchase and use, Jennie explained.

The Bench-to-Business event will showcase tech in different phases of the Air Force’s Technology Transfer & Transition (T3) process. Attendees will meet and be able to chat with scientists, engineers and legal experts. There will also be resources available on how people can jump into this T3 process, Jennie said.

The 711th Human Performance Wing is dedicated to helping pilots be their best, so the event will also be a great networking opportunity for area startups working in healthcare, human performance, health & wellness, or fitness, Jennie said.

GlobalFlyte, a startup that developed a superior incident response platform by licensing two Air Force Research Lab technologies, shows what can be accomplished through this T3 tech transfer process. Systems engineering form SPGlobal, Inc. licensed the technologies & invested $1.5 million in the startup. The collaboration brought $640K back to AFRL, and SPGlobal projects the startup will have a $100 million valuation by 2023.

To attend this free showcase, register here.