Accelerating the adoption of novel concepts and solutions.

The Acceleration Portfolio is focused on finding and creating ventures that develop solutions to the real-world problems faced by service members. The Acceleration Portfolio identifies startups emerging from the academic and the venture communities that can address DoD problems in innovative ways. Our programs and services support the engagement of ventures with potential DoD customers and stimulate the creation of new ventures from technologies emerging from DoD labs.

NSIN’s Acceleration Portfolio programs include:


The NSIN Boost program connects Department of Defense organizations looking for innovative dual-use technology with SBIR and STTR opportunities to enable rapid contracting. This program helps DoD personnel with research or acquisition missions expand their access to our Nation’s most promising start-ups by leveraging NSIN’s deep access to venture ecosystems and our partnerships with SBIR/STTR offices.

Defense Innovation Accelerator

The Defense Innovation Accelerator (DIA) identifies breakthrough Department of Defense (DoD) lab technology and leverages it to solve the real-world problems of DoD and commercial customers. Teams of entrepreneurs, working with DoD lab scientists and technologists, assess the market viability and the potential to commercialize DoD lab technologies.


Propel partners with the nation’s leading startup accelerators to help the Department of Defense access emerging technology from the venture community by supporting cohorts of early-stage dual-use ventures in developing their ability to understand and work with military customers.


Starts events give dual-use ventures opportunities to showcase their technology and business ideas to potential Department of Defense customers, contracting officers, potential mentors, and investors.