NSIN Propel

NSIN Propel

The National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), in partnership with Decisive Point, presents NSIN Propel Hawaii, enabling the development of next-generation applications of emerging dual-use technology for government and defense. 

The NSIN Propel Hawaii accelerator is a collaboration with the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet—the world’s largest fleet command encompassing 100 million square miles. The program aims to  recruit companies with technology solutions for adaptation to address the modernization needs of the U.S. Navy and broader DoD community. The cohort of early-stage ventures will deliver cutting-edge capabilities that enable the U.S. Navy and its partners to operate as a ready, capable, and combat-credible force in the Pacific region. 

The cohort will directly engage with DoD end-users to better understand real-world challenges, build a foundation for doing  business with the DoD,  and work closely with the accelerator team to design pilots around the national security applications of their technology. Selected companies will also gain access to a robust network of private investors and commercial partners. 

Who Should Apply? 

Early-stage ventures seeking an opportunity to expand into the federal market based on their technologies that have been developed for commercial applications. Specifically, companies working across sectors including but not limited to:

// Leverage 5G infrastructure 
// Operate with minimized signature, smaller SWAP and defeat detection by threats 
// Make sense of publicly available information from multiple sources to deliver time-critical insights
// Maneuver autonomously to extend communications range or enable operations from a safe distance 
// Detect objects or map terrain utilizing novel AI/ML on the edge
// Improve collaboration and operations with coalition partners 
// Enable operations in austere environments through portability, edge processing, and power
// Integrate mission assurance or cybersecurity

Areas of focus

Contested Logistics
Solutions that improve decision support, reduce risk to forward-deployed forces and improve readiness. Relevant solutions may include technologies that enable predictive or real-time analysis, scheduling, and shared situational awareness.
Inexpensive decoys, buoys or wave gliders that support interchangeable sensors, operate stealthily, or increase sensing resilience and coverage for a distributed fleet.
& Connectivity
Technologies for secure, agile, and resilient communications which include hardware, software or novel network protocols. Desired technologies may include secure and smart networking routing or leverage multi-earth orbit satellites for beyond line of sight communications, 5G, and edge processing.
Solutions enabling rapid response to crisis events in all environments especially when communications and traditional power sources are unavailable. Technologies should also facilitate response operations with allies and partners.

NSIN Propel // Hawaii

Our newest program, NSIN Propel - Hawaii is a collaboration between the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet (PACFLT), and the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation (HTDC).  The program focuses on advanced orbital communications systems, 5G connectivity, and disaster & humanitarian response, steering emerging technology companies towards solving challenges specific to the Pacific region.

Key dates

Key Dates

Open Call: Nov 9
Info Session: Nov 30
Applications Due: Jan 6
Startups in Program: Feb 15  - May 31
Demo Day: May 25


NSIN Propel partners with U.S. government stakeholders and commercial industry. Learn how your organization can participate in the upcoming program.
The United States Pacific Fleet (USPACFLT) is a theater-level component command of the United States Navy, located in the Pacific Ocean. It provides naval forces to the Indo-Pacific Command.
The National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) is a program of the U.S. Department of Defense that collaborates with major universities and the venture community to develop solutions that drive national security innovation. NSIN operates three portfolios of programs and services: National Service, Collaboration, and Acceleration. For more information, visit: nsin.mil
HTDC is a dynamic state agency responsible for diversifying Hawaii's economy by developing a flourishing technology industry that provides quality, high-paying jobs for Hawaii residents. HTDC aims to accelerate the growth of Hawaii's technology industry by providing capital, building infrastructure and developing talent to foster innovation and diversify Hawaii's economy. HTDC is attached to the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT).
We are trusted partners to great companies, providing critical industry expertise in capturing non-dilutive funding for R&D and larger government contracts for business expansion. We don’t just understand our partner’s business, we are part of their growth strategy and are deeply involved in securing their revenue opportunities in the federal market. We understand the needs of the government and the challenges associated with the adoption of new technologies at scale because we’ve been in the fight, both as those working to acquire new technologies and as those on the tip of the spear daring greatly for the United States. These insights allow us to see beyond the curve, identifying product-market fit in government, indicators of imminent contract award, and emerging opportunities for acquisition. Our unique model helps Decisive Point to confidently assess investment potential, reduce risk, and enhance returns for our investors.

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Notice: This NSIN Propel public announcement is an open call to small businesses and non traditional defense contractors seeking innovative, commercial technologies proposed to create new DoD solutions or potential new capabilities fulfilling requirements, closing capability gaps, or providing potential technological advancements, technologies fueled by commercial or strategic investment, but also concept demonstrations, pilots, and agile development activities improving commercial technologies, existing Government-owned capabilities, or concepts for broad Defense application(s). As such, the Government reserves the right to award a contract or an Other Transaction for any purpose, to include a prototype or research, under this public announcement. The Federal Government is not responsible for any monies expended by the applicant before award and is under no obligation to pursue such Other Transactions. This NSIN Propel Open Call Announcement is considered to have potential for further efforts that may be accomplished via FAR-based contracting instruments, Other Transaction Authority (OTA) for Prototype Projects 10 USC 2371b and Research 10 USC 2371, Prizes for advanced technology achievements 10 USC 2374a, and/or Prize Competitions 15 USC 3719.  The public open call announcement made at https://www.newlab.com/studios/nsin-propel,  https://www.nsin.mil/propel-2022/, and www.https://www.decisivepoint.com/accelerator website is considered to satisfy the reasonable effort to obtain competition in accordance with 10 USC 2374a (b), 15 USC 3719 (e) and 10 USC 2371b (b)(2). Any FAR-based actions will follow announcement procedures per FAR 5.201(b) accordingly.