AFWERX is the innovation catalyst of the Air Force—bringing ideas and innovation together to enable the Air Force to build smarter, stronger, and more agile solutions in partnership with startups, like yours.
Established in 2017 with a goal to foster engagement between industry, academia, and non-traditional contributors, AFWERX fosters a culture of innovation within the Air Force.
This isn’t your standard government program. AFWERX engages startups through the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, with funding of $2.5 billion to level the business-to-government playing field for over 160,000 startups and small businesses each year. Our goal is to bring your high-potential products and services to real USAF customers so you can compete with the big dogs and get paid for your services.
You have the chance to put your expertise to work to solve real problems and get paid to do it. SBIR is seed funding that helps startups and small businesses compete for government business and find viable customers in the Air Force and other federal agencies. If you’re a for-profit business based in the United States with 500 or fewer employees this could be your next exciting business venture.
Open Topics Announced
See what products and services the Air Force needs the most. Ask questions of the topic sponsor.
May 6, 2020
First day to submit your 15-slide pitch deck and 5-page application.
June 3, 2020
Last day to apply. Award Announcement approximately 30-45 days after close.
8PM ET, July 2, 2020
Meet your next favorite customer.