NEXTTECH 2020: Air Force Research Laboratory

We partnered with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to search for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) with market-ready tech that can address the needs below:

  • Enable smartphones to function in subzero conditions for hours and days.
  • Sensors to detect small molecules in real-time at varying altitudes.
  • A flexible and rugged device with the ability to remove salt ions and provide real-time analysis of sweat.

This was our third NEXTTECH event, and the second one with a federal agency. The participating MBES were from all over the U.S. including California and Puerto Rico. Following an explanation of the challenges by Dr. David Stargel, Deputy Chief Scientist of AFRL, the companies asked technical questions and questions about how an MBE manufacturer can work with AFRL.

To learn more about the Air Force Research Laboratory initiative, view the video below.

The Atlanta MBDA Centers Connects Innovative Minority Business Enterprises with Funded Opportunities

The NEXTTECH 2020 launch introduced an innovative matchmaking series presented by the Atlanta Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Centers. This program was established to connect minority business enterprises (MBEs) to technology-driven opportunities and partnerships.

NEXTTECH 2020 Pitch Day will match MBEs to decision-makers during a series of virtual meetings and presentations over the next six months.

The first NEXTTECH 2020 presentation on May 19 was in collaboration with the Department of Energy and focused on energy storage challenges. The Department of Energy shared a list of energy storage needs to be addressed through market-ready technology solutions.
(To see the Department of Energy NEXTTECH 2020 presentation, click here.)

The NEXTTECH 2020 series will continue on July 21, 2020, with a need to solve training challenges through the use of artificial reality, virtual reality and simulation technology.

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