Defense TechConnect

NOVEMBER 28-30, 2023

Urban Air Mobility Challenge

TechConnect Accelerator & $50K Prize

Join the Urban Air Mobility acceleration and awards program sponsored by the Vertical Lift Consortium, the nation's leading organization rapidly transitioning innovative aviation technologies for the U.S. government. This Challenge is the first in a series of accelerator events aligned with industry, government and military needs and over $50B in Smart Mobility initiatives within the nation's Infrastructure Law! Pitch and connect your technology with leading corporate, investment and federal prospectors. Qualified participants receive engagement and membership opportunities with the Vertical Lift Consortium, while competing for $50K in non-dilutive funding.

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Challenge Topics:

  • Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing
  • Innovative Power Generation & Storage
  • Data & Systems Situational Management
  • Autonomous & Collaborative Technologies
  • Innovative Air Mobility Capabilities & Applications

How to Participate

Who Should Apply

Innovators representing state-of-art air mobility solutions for both civilian and federal security applications are ideal entrants for this Challenge.



Submit and pitch your technology to top investment, industry and government tech-scouts. Submission places you in a qualifying process for membership and engagement opportunities with the sponsoring consortia. Your submission will compete for a piece of the $50,000 non-dilutive prize.

Submissions Closed

Dates & Deadlines

Submissions Open: May 1, 2022

Informational Webinar: June 7, 2022

Informational webinar on Vimeo.

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2022


Pitch Event

Finalists will receive an invitation to pitch at the Defense TechConnect Innovation Summit and Expo in Washington, D.C.

Date: September 28, 2022

Location: Gaylord National Convention Center and Hotel


The Vertical Lift Consortium (VLC) is a collaboration of small and large businesses, for-profit and not for-profit entities, academic organizations, and their affiliated organizations working collaboratively with the U.S. Government to rapidly transition innovative vertical lift technologies and to coordinated research and development program designed for prototype aviation technologies. The Vertical Lift Consortium supports the $10+ Billion AMTC contracting authority for rapid prototyping of cutting edge technologies.



4Front Robotics / University of CalgaryHighly Maneuverable e-VTOL for Helicopter Impenetrable
Aerial Vehicle Automation (AVA)Model T of Aerial Vehicles AVA X8 and Winged X8
Aliptera Inc.The Lip Wing - Augmenting Hover Lift, Increasing V/STOL Aircraft Cruise and Hover Performance
Coolbuck, Inc.Electric Flying Vehicle with VTOL
Design, Analysis and Research CorporationQuiet and Efficient UAM Propulsion Technology
Elphel, Inc.Long-Range Thermal 3D Perception for Air Vehicles
InceptEVAn Electric Vehicle Performance Analysis, Simulation and Optimization Software
Information Systems Laboratories, Inc.Artificial Intelligence Enhanced Radar for Detection, Classification, and Sense & Avoid
KRyanCreative, LLCelectric Tip Drive Rotor System
Lectratek, LLCPower and propulsion solutions for electric aviation
LeVanta Tech LLCEconomical, clean regional transport
LuftCar LLCHydrogen and battery hybrid, autonomous AIR and ROAD eVTOL vehicle (true flying car)
Luna Labs USA, LLCRotary Aircrew Posture Support (RAPS) System
NEOEx Systems, Inc.EXTEND(TM) Energy and Power System for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
PhasorLab IncHyper Sync Net for UAV Fleet Navigation
Reliable Autonomy LLCGuarantee of collision avoidance with high computational efficiency and non-conservative navigation for non-collaborative autonomous agents
SpyDarM-Star eVTOL Medical Transport
ValqariFully Autonomous Point-to-Point Drone Delivery Between Landing Stations
VolexionMulti-functional Graphene Encapsulation for High Performance Li-ion batteries

For more information please contact Laura Benold.

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