The Program

The Program

What You Can Expect from Us:


Intense training for small businesses and startups through curated content relevant to specific Air Force technology topics and customers


In-depth customer discovery and aggressive business model creation for greater future success, both in the military and commercial sectors


Workshops and guest speakers facilitate a mix of collaborative in-person brainstorming and group-learning sessions


Regular training in pitching and conveying mission-driven value to customers in the military and commercial sectors


Rapid timelines for testing assumptions based on live customer feedback and mentorship

What We Expect from You:


A consistent group of participants, one of which is a company decision-maker, must gather in Dayton, Ohio for seven out of ten weeks


Willingness to actively engage with fellow cohort members, facilitators, and mentors who are like-minded and push for strategic, smart growth at the fast pace of entrepreneurship


Enthusiastic participation in the 10-week process


Participation in the final Demo Day

The Topics

Prior T3 Transition Accelerator curriculum took topics generated by the Air Force and examines them through a defense and commercial market lens. Check back here for updated information on the next T3 Transition Accelerator topic.

Prior T3 Transition Accelerator Topics

UAS Structures

Leverage commercial (i.e. automotive, marine or other non-defense market) assembly processes that are very simple or automated and pervasive, materials that can be applied to the fabrication of UAS structural components. These aircraft structural components and assembly processes minimize cost while providing a responsive solution to unpredictable manufacturing surge requirements.

UAS Turbine Engines

Small and medium size turbine engines (~200 lbf thrust) for consumable/attritable applications has opened new development opportunities for low cost components. Production of robust, readily adaptable, and sustainable manufacturing approaches to small engine propulsion and power technology which can deliver low-cost engines with intermittent production requirements.

UAS Sensors

Low cost sensors which are complementary to low cost attritable and expendable platforms to find, fix, and track targets in challenging environments. Achieve low cost by leveraging commercial technologies (law enforcement, border patrol, geo survey, and recreational use), advanced manufacturing techniques, and novel low-cost sensor R&D efforts.

Space Systems

Low cost, disaggregated space systems for operations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) with greater resilience and responsiveness by leveraging disruptive technologies and advanced manufacturing techniques. Reduce spacecraft bus and payload cost, and mass and increase throughput through the application of advanced manufacturing technologies such as additive manufacturing, automation, new materials, and design. Decrease spacecraft component turn-around time and increase availability through changes in material and component qualification requirements considering limited life and LEO operations.

Key Dates and Milestones

The next T3 Transition Accelerator is in the planning stages. Check back here for updated information on dates for the next T3 Transition Accelerator.

A photo of all the audience at demo day.

Key Learnings

Ultimately, you’ll strengthen innovative concepts and prototypes for technologies that address critical market needs. Development occurs via:

A Commercialization Plan

1) Beyond technology transition within the military sector, the ultimate goal of this program is to introduce SBIR-funded technologies into the marketplace using teachings that bridge the gap between traditional SBIR coaching and entrepreneurial training.

2) You’ll develop a comprehensive commercialization plan, with a deep dive into customer discovery, to identify military and commercial customers and understand how their value proposition compare and connect.

An Investable Business Plan

1) Companies will be able pitch their value with the confidence of a validated business plan.

2) Demo Day will provide the forum for companies to pitch to an audience of SBIR grant funders, outside capital investors and other Air Force buyers.

Preparation for the SBIR Application Process

1) SBIR requirements will drive the learning process throughout the 10 weeks of programming, ensuring each company has been fully prepared to submit and, ideally, secure SBIR funding.

2) The program offers expedited timelines and access to resources to aid in the SBIR application process.

World Class

Curriculum Includes


Top quality mentorship

SBIR Application guidance and consulting


Through The Entrepreneur Center (TEC)

Support from University of Dayton Internship Program

Market & consumer research consulting


Collaborative working environment

End user feedback

Local entrepreneurial ecosystems within Southwest Ohio

Access to the U.S. Air Force, WBI, and TEC networks

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