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Many mind-blowing ideas are being birthed in U.S. startup companies. In order to capture these ideas, the Pentagon must do business at the speed of innovation: inspiring and accelerating startup creativity toward national security challenges.

"Pitch Days are new fast tracks for startups to work with the Air Force. Modeled after commercial investment pitch competitions, our goal is to award $40 million to startups using one-day, one-page contracts. These awards use convenient credit card payments— we want partnering with the Air Force to be easy and energizing!" Dr. Will Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics


How it Works

Award Phases

Topic Types

Pitch Day is open to all ideas furthering national security in air, space and cyberspace. Our Inaugural Pitch Day will have special emphasis on three areas.

Award Phases

Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Network

Award Phases

U.S. Air Force Special Warfare Technologies (Battlefield Air Operations Family of Systems Technologies)

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Digital Technologies

Eligibility Requirements

All startups and small businesses that are:

  • U.S. based for-profit business
  • More than 50% owned by U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens
  • No more than 500 employees

For more information about other eligibility requirements visit https://www.sbir.gov/about

How to Submit

Companies will have from January 8th to February 6th 2019 (at 8:00pm ET) to submit proposals and pitch decks. Companies submit applications via https://sbir.defensebusiness.org/. Air Force will notify selected companies for in-person pitches by February 15, 2019.


For general questions related to the event please contact AFSBIRSTTR-Info@us.af.mil.

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