The SBIR Accelerator

Technology, Transfer & Transition

The Air Force Transition Hyper-Accelerator, in partnership with Wright Brothers Institute (WBI) and The Entrepreneurs Center (TEC), will leverage TEC methodologies, programs, and resources to support the U.S. Air Force’s SBIR goals. The Dayton-based, 10-week program focuses on rapid commercialization of key technologies considered critical to the success of the U.S. Air Force.

Phase 2 Acceptance Without TEC

Historically, about 33% of DoD Phase I awards will lead to Phase II projects.

Phase 2 Acceptance With TEC

With the U.S. Air Force Accelerator, about 90% of Phase I awards will lead to Phase II projects.

Introducing the Accelerator model into a SBIR program opens up new pathways for small businesses and startups to engage with the DoD in valuable and meaningful ways. This new frontier within the DoD is a harbinger of continued movement towards innovation and cutting-edge advances in technology. The AFRL Transition Accelerator can shorten SBIR timelines, reducing transition timelines overall, ultimately advancing technology into the hands of warfighters and/or within the commercial space.


The Power Behind the Program

With a stacked bench of organizations involved, the accelerator will feature educators and mentors with deep industry knowledge–sourced from the U.S. Air Force, WBI, and TEC networks.

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Dr. Kevin T Geiss

“Meeting innovation where science and technology intersect drives the United States Air Force forward. Supporting programs like the Transition Accelerator assists in developing and implementing these innovations. We must continue taking steps forward and supporting the entrepreneurs who can get us there.”

Dr. Kevin T Geiss
Senior Executive Service, Director, Airman Systems Directorate, 711th Human Performance Wing, AFRL

Demo Day – April 5

Join us for Demo Day

The team behind the U.S. Air Force’s Transition Accelerator invites you to attend their Demo Day on Friday, April 5, to hear each participating technology company pitch their innovative solutions to a live audience in Dayton, Ohio. The audience will include the public, DoD officials, SBIR evaluators, and potential investors. Solutions all focus on human-machine teaming in the ISR setting and are each SBIR Phase I awardees.

Light food and beverages will be served.

For more information, contact [email protected]