DHS Launches Accelerator Program

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 @ 03:03 PM gHale

Security entrepreneurs take note: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) unveiled its first business accelerator program, EMERGE!, aimed at those with innovative ideas that address the needs of the Homeland Security community and whose wearable technologies could end up adapted for first responder operations.

The accelerator program seeks innovative solutions that help the “responder of the future” save lives and carry out their mission, particularly in the area of wearable technologies, such as body-worn electronics, advanced sensors, and integrated voice and data communications embedded in a responder’s gear.

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“First responders can benefit from these new emerging technologies, to not only ensure their personal safety, but to better save the lives of those they serve,” said DHS Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Robert Griffin a former firefighter and emergency manager. “There may be innovators who have ideas for the latest scientific advancements that can make a difference in helping these first responders.”

The EMERGE! program will help innovators develop and launch their ideas into investable companies by providing early market validation, mentoring and access to private investment. This program will accelerate the development of selected commercial wearable technologies and provide a path to introduce those technologies to a variety of markets.

This accelerator program is one part of S&T’s overall strategy to reinvigorate federal government research and development. S&T is hoping to attract innovators, keeping pace with the speed of technological advancement.

Click here for more information on the DHS S&T Responder Technology Accelerator.

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