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:

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.

National Security Accelerator (NSA2)

The NSIN National Security Academic Accelerator (NSA2) pilot connects U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) customers (e.g., operational units, defense laboratories, etc.) with long horizon technology missions to the deep technology and talent residing at our nation’s top research universities. Over an academic year, participating university partners throughout the NSIN Network identify technology and teams working in areas of interest to the DoD and accelerate the development of new dual-use (i.e., applicable to the commercial and DoD market) ventures using extant entrepreneurial educational and accelerator programs.


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.


The NSIN Vector program an accelerated learning pilot program on the business fundamentals of dual-use venture creation. The program seeks prior Hacking for Defense and Hackathon teams to participate for the opportunity to compete for a follow-on contract.