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National Security Academic Accelerator (NSA2)

National Security Academic Accelerator (NSA2)

NSA2 is a partnership with the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), that provides training, coaching, and financial support in order to accelerate ASU-led technology and solutions into startups that have commercial application and address national security needs. Throughout the spring and summer, participating teams will engage with the Department of Defense (DoD), as well as with business development professionals and industry contacts and will engage with targeted training and mentorship experiences to move their ventures forward.

What are the program benefits?

  • venture development training and mentoring
  • assistance in customer discovery (both the defense and industry side)
  • access to student support (for business development)
  • showcase events that bring together industry and defense
  • coaching and training with the goal of securing government funding (e.g. SBIR and STTI)
  • program funding to support your participation in the NSA2 (e.g. materials, student work, travel)
  • production support (e.g. marketing, branding, web design)

Who should apply?

ASU faculty, post-docs, researchers or students.

Individual or teams with technology or a solution at any stage of development that has both commercial potential and national security applications

Entrepreneurs and business development experts interested in working with technology experts to develop a viable venture.

*Applicants must be interested in commercializing developed technology, creating a startup, and continuing on with their venture post-program completion.

What is the program focus?

Our Department of Defense (DoD) partners are interested in solutions within the following technology verticals:

  • 5G communications, loT and microelectronics
  • Access, mobility and logistics
  • Autonomy and robotic systems
  • Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Digital engineering, cyber, modeling and synthetic environments
  • Energy resilience and power generation
  • Human performance
  • Quantum information systems

Read about the first year of the program in this ASU news article.

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