Launch the DC FedTech initiative — a program aimed at connecting DC entrepreneurs and inventors from federal research labs to foster innovation through research commercialization and tech transfer. Activities will include regular inventor/entrepreneur pitch sessions preceded by seminars aimed at familiarizing businesses with intellectual property procedures and working with federal labs; trainings and student engagement; and pursuing legislative changes to remove constraints on UDC faculty IP ownership. Explore interest in establishing fed tech courses at university MBA programs and feasibility/value of developing a patent pool (DSLBD).
September 2018: Fed Tech has started its fall cohort with an increasingly competitive application process and growing community awareness and interest in the free programming.
February 2018: The Fed Tech program, in partnership with the Washington DC Economic Partnership, hosted a networking mixer featuring pitches from leading researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and information about the Spring ’18 Fed Tech cohort and opportunity for entrepreneurs to be paired with a cutting-edge technology from a government lab. Read more here.
May 2017: Completed the first cohort of DC FedTech, a pilot to connect DC entrepreneurs with inventors from federal labs to advance tech transfer – a major driver of innovation.
- Timeline: FY17-18
- Lead and key partners: Dept. of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP)
- Related core sectors: higher education, technology, government
- Related opportunity areas: security technology
- Related action areas: talent, business environment