Defense TechConnect

NOVEMBER 28-30, 2023

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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.

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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.

Submissions Closed


Dates & Deadlines

Submissions Open: May 1, 2022

Informational Webinar:
June 21, 2022

Informational webinar on Vimeo.

Submissions Deadline: June 30, 2022

Pitch Event

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

Date: September 27, 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.



Disaster TechUsing Predictive Technology to Optimize Demand Response and Managing Solar Energy Intermittency on Micro-Grids
EINO, Inc.AI for Next Generation Networks
EnKoatThermal Regulating Coatings for Climate Resilient Infrastructure
GridMatrixGridMatrix Insights Dashboard
GTA, Inc.Resilient Subsea Green Hydrogen and Oxygen Production for Maritime Fueling, Decarbonized Manufacturing, Grid-Balancing, and Mariculture
Heat InverseCoolFilm
Magnet Energy LLCRare Earth Free MnBi Permanent Magnet
Minerva LithiumNano Mosaic SPE Flow Technology for Lithium
MODULA S INCCommunity Distributed Power
Parasanti IncTactical Processing for Analytics at the Edge
Phoenix TailingsInnovative, Sustainable Re-mining Technology
Phoenix TailingsNovel Technique for Domestic Rare Earth Oxide Separation and Rare Earth Metal Reduction
PowerHouseRetractable Plug-and-Play Mobile Solar Microgrid
Precient Technologies LLCMembrane Biofilm Reactor (MBfR)
Sesame Solar Inc.Mobile Nanogrid for Disaster Response Powered by Solar + Green Hydrogen
Silicon HarlemTech-Enabled Dashboard (TED)
TRAXyL, Inc.FiberTRAX - a "paint-on-pavement" fiber installation capability
Windlift, IncDeployable Airborne Power Generators

2023 Sponsors & Partners

Sponsors & Partners

2023 SBIR/STTR Agency Partners

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