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NEWS | June 14, 2021

Limiting the Barriers of Entry for Small Businesses to Work with the US Air Force

By Ciska Bloemhard, Contractor, AFWERX SBIR/STTR Program

Wondering how to get your technology in the hands of the warfighter?

—This is a free event YOU don’t want to miss.

Press Release

Dayton, Ohio — Tech Warrior Enterprise (TWE) – an AFWERX Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program - will host its free virtual Tech Warrior Medical OPS event for all qualified small businesses from July 19-23, 2021.

TWE understands that, while many small businesses have technology that will benefit the warfighter, government procurement often comes with entry barriers.

To limit these barriers, during the virtual five-day event, US-based small businesses will have the opportunity to participate in a two-part demonstration of their Tactical Combat Causality Care (TCCC), physical therapy, or mental health technologies.

The first part consists of private pitches. During this portion, small businesses have the ability to showcase their innovations to U.S. Air Force warfighters, government tech scouts, and industry subject matter experts (SMEs) in order to gain early, real-time feedback to improve their chances of government procurement and accelerate technology maturation. The second part consists of public pitches. Participating small businesses also have the ability to give non-proprietary presentations for the potential gain of commercial investors and joint venture opportunities.

Not ready to pitch?—Not a problem! All are welcome to engage in the public education room to learn about government needs and focus areas, small business resources, and investment opportunities.

TWE is limiting demonstrations to only the top 20 small businesses with medical technologies that are ready to put their innovations in the hands of the warfighter and accelerate maturation.  

Don’t miss this event! Registration is open now until 12:00 a.m. ET on June 26, 2021.


“The U.S. Air Force is constantly searching for the next generation technology to make our warfighters safer and more efficient. As agile innovators, we believe small business are the key to this goal. Tech Warrior always showcases some of our nation’s best and we can’t wait to see what this medical OPS event brings.”

 Joey Angeles | Division Chief of the Department of the Air Force SBIR/STTR Program Office



About Tech Warrior Enterprise

Tech Warrior Enterprise is a technology demonstration program established in 2017 by the AFWERX SBIR/STTR program. Tech Warrior Enterprise provides facilities and technical evaluation support services to test new technologies via demonstration in relevant settings and in collaboration with government users.


About The AFWERX SBIR/STTR Program

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/ Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program was established by Congress with the goal of identifying small businesses that could provide a solution to the warfighter in a faster, more efficient manner than was presently available. This program is reducing barriers and accelerating processes, seeding the future of the U.S. Air Force through innovation and forward-thinking technology.



CONTACT: Ciska Bloemhard                                            
USAF SBIR/STTR Program Office
Senior Marketing & Communications Specialist

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