DC Fed Tech

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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).

Progress Updates:

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.

November 2017: Completed fall 2017 cohort of Fed Tech. The cohort included several Project 500 entrepreneurs and 2 teams of American University students. Read more about the cohort and program 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