Defense TechConnect

SEPTEMBER 26-29, 2022

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2022 National Infrastructure Innovation Challenge
Accelerator and $50K Prize

Join the National Infrastructure Innovation Challenge, aligned with the nation's monumental investments through the Infrastructure Law, the House's American COMPETES Act and the Senate's U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA). Sponsored by:

  • Resilient Infrastructure & Secure Energy Consortium (RISE)
  • National Spectrum Consortium (NSC)
  • Consortium for Rare Earth Technologies (CREaTe)

Submit your technology today and pitch to top government agencies as well as leading industry and investment partners. Qualified participants receive engagement and membership opportunities with partnering consortia representing over $10B in prototype funding authority, while competing for the $50K in prize pool.

Submit Innovations   deadline June 30


Accelerator Program

  • 50K in non-dilutive prize money
  • Membership & engagement opportunities with partner consortia (+$10B authority)
  • Multiple in-person pitch programs: Industry, VC, Agency scouts
  • Multiple one-on-one and virtual training programs
  • Corporate & commercial services matchmaking

Energy Security

Advanced Networks

Rare Earth Innovations 

Resilient Infrastructure 

Smart Mobility

Climate Resilience

Who Should Apply

Transformative energy, networks, infrastructure and climate innovators representing dual-use solutions for both civilian and national security applications are ideal entrants for this Challenge.



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

Submit Innovations
- deadline June 30


Dates & Deadlines

Submissions Open: May 1, 2022

Informational Webinar:
June 21, 2022

Register for Webinar
Submissions Deadline: June 30, 2022

Pitch Event

TechConnect will invite finalists to pitch at Defense TechConnect Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C.

Date: September 26-29, 2022

Location: Gaylord National Convention Center and Hotel


Consortium Membership

Join one of our three partner consortium representing over $10B in technology prototyping contracting authority.  Consortia relieve some of the contractual burdens typically placed on contractors working for federal clients, making it possible for non-traditional contractors to participate in technology development. 

Premier Partners

Premier Partners

2021 Key Sponsors

Key Sponsors

2021 TechConnect Sponsors & Partners

2021 TechConnect Sponsors & Partners

2021 SBIR/STTR Agency Partners

2020 SBIR/STTR Agency Partners

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