DoD Powering Innovation, Empowering Entrepreneurs: Startup Connect Meeting Recap!

By Published On: March 28, 2024

The Startup Connect meetup on Tuesday, March 12th, hosted by  Monterey Bay DART and the Institute for Innovation & Economic Development (iiED) provided presentations and conversations focused on the Department of Defense (DoD) research ecosystem that drives innovation in military technology. Collaborating with government agencies, private companies, and academic institutions is crucial to nurturing a culture of experimentation and learning. During the meetup, discussions highlighted the safe integration of drones into the national airspace and the opportunities and challenges that come with it, including aerospace integration and safety. Other topics discussed include the importance of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) in promoting economic growth and employment opportunities in Monterey County. It was emphasized that innovation and experimentation play a crucial role in developing solutions for national security, and it is essential to leverage the ecosystem to turn ideas into prototypes, especially by enabling technologies.

Are you interested in unlocking the secrets of military innovation? Did you miss the recent discussion on safe drone integration and the future of aerospace? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered! Learn how the Department of Defense, businesses, and research universities collaborate to develop cutting-edge technologies. Discover how you can transform your ideas into national security solutions and help boost Monterey’s economy.

Art Siordia, Airspace Integration

Jordan Caballero, Monterey Bay APEX Accelerator

Bill Sherrod, HawkTower

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Written by : Jen Simon