FedTech leverages Converge, a startup studio event to expand access to deep tech

FedTech leverages Converge, a startup studio event to expand access to deep tech

Published: 25-08-2021 13:11:17 | By: Bob Koigi | hits: 776 | Tags:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) is partnering with FedTech to provide equal and inclusive access to government and university-sourced next-gen deep technologies for entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds.

These federal technologies, ripe for commercialization, represent a vehicle for deep tech transformation and offer a pathway to opportunity for entrepreneurs to build viable businesses that bolster the economy and create generational wealth for underrepresented communities.

Converge will be a step towards remedying some of the inequity in deep tech access. The virtual event hosted by DHS S&T in partnership with FedTech, is the culmination of FedTech’s Homeland Security Startup Studio 2021 Program. Scheduled for August 26, 2021 from 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT, the event will feature keynote speaker Kathryn Coulter Mitchell, DHS Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Science and Technology (S&T).

Converge represents a launch pad for the Homeland Security Startup Studio teams, who have completed five months of rigorous FedTech programming and entrepreneurship training to identify the best commercialization path for their sourced technology. FedTech runs the Homeland Security Startup Studio hosted by the Department of Homeland Security, which forms teams of entrepreneurs and matches them with ground-breaking technologies to assess their commercialization potential.

Robyn Brazzil, Principal, FedTech: “The Startup Studio Model is about opportunity that brings technology and entrepreneurs together. The model seeks to capitalize on cutting-edge technology created in federal labs that lacks the opportunity to access customers. Additionally, we know that entrepreneurship is a skill that many seek to hone but fail to realize due to lack of access or education.”