DC FedTech

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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:

November 2019: The Fall 2019 FedTech closing event took place at Amazon Web Services in Arlington, VA.

September 2019: FedTech started its Fall 2019 cohort, with 27 entrepreneurs from across the country and alumni from American University. The teams are working on technology from the Department of Transportation, Department of Energy and NNSA.

May 2019: 19 teams participated in the Spring cohort of the Startup Studio program. 57 entrepreneurs spent 8 weeks discovering whether there is a commercial application for technologies coming out of federal agencies. Read more here.

September 2018: FedTech has started its fall cohort with an increasingly competitive application process and growing community awareness and interest in the free programming.

February 2018: The FedTech 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 FedTech 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 FedTech. 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