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TH!NK Event held for entrepreneurs, small business, startups

In an effort to foster robust economic growth, the Doolittle Institute hosted its Small Business + AFRL TH!NK Event on July 12, 2018 at its new Niceville facility. The Doolittle Institute invited the business and entrepreneurial communities to learn more about collaboration opportunities with the Air Force.

The day’s events included an overview of how the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is cutting the red tape for collaborators, tips for composing Small Business Innovation Research proposals, an introduction to the Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF), and an exciting peek into AFRL’s Tech Warrior. Attendees also learned what entrepreneurial resources are available to them in the northwest Florida region.

An impressive variety of entrepreneurs and innovators participated in the TH!NK Event, including Rachel Campbell, COO and CFO at VisSidus Technologies, Inc.

“It has been interesting to learn how AFRL has been trying to remove the barriers for small businesses to work with them,” said Campbell, whose company received a SBIR contract with the US Army in 2016, and has currently been selected for a STTR contract with NASA.

All presentations in the TH!NK Event were live streamed on YouTube, and a rebroadcast of the event may be found on the Doolittle Institute’s YouTube channel. The presenters made their slides available to attendees, and can be downloaded here.

The Doolittle Institute, an AFRL Innovation Institute, supports the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate (AFRL/RW) by working to license and commercialize AFRL/RW technologies in the private sector, enable rapid technology delivery to the warfighter, identify and foster new R&D partnerships and develop AFRL’s current and future workforce. The Doolittle Institute is a member of the Defensewerx Family.

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