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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: Weapons Pitch Day - This event has been cancelled. View the message below regarding this decision.
"The Armament Directorate regrets to inform you we must cancel our 4 June Program Executive Officer Weapons Pitch Day.  However, we are still reviewing all submissions and may decide to pursue promising proposals at a later time.  It is the Armament Directorate’s sincerest intention to continue to work with proposers of high-impact topics and strive to bring them into our portfolio to further benefit our warfighting customers."
Date: June 4th, 2020
Location: Doolittle Institute Niceville
Details: This multi-agency event includes weapons-related focus areas. Expect involvement from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). This will be the first-ever Direct-to-Phase II Weapons Pitch held at the Doolittle Institute in Niceville, FL

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Event: Virtual Quantum Pitch Day 
Date: June 15 - 16, 2020
Location: Virtual Event 
Details: The Virtual Quantum Collider will bring together government, industry, academia, and the small business community. This effort seeks to enable small business innovation in order to quickly transfer advanced quantum technologies to our warfighters. During this event: hear from the leaders shaping the future of quantum, network with professionals across the industry, and be a part of an event which will award Air Force funding to exceptional small businesses revolutionizing quantum technology.

Click here for more details or to register for the event.


Event: PITCH DAYton 2020 - (Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this event has been cancelled for 2020. Future plans are being discussed and will be communicated as they become available.)
Date: June 15th – 16th, 2020
Location: Dayton Convention Center, Dayton, OH
Details: Several Program Executive Officer (PEO)/Directorates will participate in this event which precedes the Life Cycle Industry Days (LCID) at the same venue from June 17 to 19th

  • PEO Digital
  • PEO Presidential and Executive Airlift
  • PEO Fighter/Bomber
  • Propulsion Directorate
  • PEO Agile Combat Support
  • PEO C3I & Networks
  • PEO 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)
  • Base Defense Pitch Day (AFRL)
  • AI Accelerator Pitch Day (AI Accelerator)
  • Tactical Pitch Day (AFWERX)
  • COSMEC Pitch Day (Digital)

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