Innovation Challenge

AUVSI is seeking innovators, technologists, and entrepreneurs to compete in our inaugural Innovation Challenge. Apply now for a chance to present to leading decision makers and win a prize package valued at more than $35,000!

What is the Innovation Challenge?

The Innovation Challenge is an opportunity for small, start-up and early stage companies operating in the commercial, defense, and non-traditional unmanned systems or autonomous systems spheres to present their technology to government and industry representatives at Unmanned Systems — Defense. Protection. Security. (USDPS).

During the Innovation Challenge five finalists will pitch their technology to the USDPS audience and the esteemed Advisory Panel. Each finalist will have six minutes to pitch their technology and four minutes to answer questions from the Innovation Challenge Advisory Panel. The panel will provide feedback and guidance, but the final choice will be left to the USDPS audience.

Competing in the Innovation Challenge offers startups the chance to present their ideas to the community and establish themselves as a premier innovator!

Application and Selection Process

  • Interested companies must complete the Innovation Challenge application by Monday, July 1. There is no fee to enter!
  • Members of the USDPS Executive Committee will review applications and select five finalists to compete in the Innovation Challenge at USDPS.
  • All applicants will be notified of their selection status by Monday, July 22, 2019.

Participant Criteria

Participants should meet the following criteria:

  • Companies must have generated less than $5 million in revenue
  • Technology must be relevant to unmanned systems

Finalist Perks

All finalists will receive the following:

  • An opportunity to present to the defense, protection and security community and be positioned as a leading innovator
  • Recognition on the USDPS Innovation Challenge webpage
  • Recognition in the USDPS onsite program

Grand Prize Package — $35,000+ value

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