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The introduction of the pitch day concept marked a dramatic shift in the Air Force’s acquisition strategy, creating a faster, smarter method to get cutting-edge technologies and capabilities into the hands of warfighters. Designed to speed up the investment process, the event has continued to expand its reach and scope.

The inaugural pitch day, held March 6 – 7th, 2019 in New York, proved out the concept of pitch days as a vehicle for evaluating technology, awarding contracts to small businesses and paying them in a matter of minutes. 

The average amount of time to award contracts and pay companies via government credit card following a successful pitch at the AF Pitch Day was 15 minutes. The fastest award occurred in only three minutes. Previously, the fastest award of a contract of this type was approximately 90 days – a period of time many small businesses and startups cannot survive without funding.

In 2019, over $131 million dollars was awarded through pitch day events. In 2020, the Air Force will continue to host pitch days in various cities across the United States. Additional details will be posted as information becomes available.


The Air Force SBIR/STTR program is partnering with different Air Force organizations to host several Pitch Day events in 2020.

*The dates and locations listed are subject to change.

Confirmed Events

Event: Pitch Bowl
Date: March 10-13th, 2020
Location: Austin, TX
Details: The Pitch Bowl event will consist of a Collider event, Pitch Day and Keynote Presentation leading up to the start of the SXSW conference.

  • March 10-11th – Collider event hosted at the AFWERX Austin location, Capital Factory
  • March 12th – Pitch Day Event, AFWERX Austin Location, Capital Factory
  • March 13th – Dr. Will Roper to present a Keynote presentation on the opening day of the South by Southwest event in Austin, TX.
    • 12:30-1:30 pm


Event: Life Cycle Industry Days
Date: June 15th – 19th, 2020
Location: Dayton, OH
Details: Several organizations will work to host their Pitch Days during the Life Cycle Industry Days event.

  • Rapid Sustainment Pitch Day (Rapid Sustainment Office)
  • Communications Pitch Day (Presidential and Executive Airlift)
  • Fighter/Bomber Pitch Day (Fighter Bomber)
  • PEO Digital Pitch Day (Digital)
  • Propulsion Technologies Pitch Day (Propulsion)
  • Agile Combat Support Pitch Day (Agile Combat Support)
  • SOF/ISR Pitch Day (ISR SOF)
  • Joint Targeting Processes Pitch Day (JAIC)
  • All-Domain Operations Integration Pitch Day (Command Control Communications Intelligence & Networks)
  • Mobility and Training Aircraft Pitch Day (Mobility and Training Aircraft)

Details Coming Soon

Dates and Details for the following Pitch Days are to be determined and information will be shared as it becomes available.

  • Digital Engineering Pitch Day (SAF/AQR)
  • Quantum Pitch Day (AFRL)
  • Base Defense Pitch Day (AFRL)
  • AI Accelerator Pitch Day (AI Accelerator)
  • Tactical Pitch Day (AFWERX)
  • COSMEC Pitch Day (Digital)

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