TandemNSI Provides Guidance, Exclusive Insight to Federal Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

The last month has seen Arlington’s TandemNSI initiative offer two different events that provided tech entrepreneurs very specific guidance they need to break into Federal contracting opportunities with the national security establisment, and then provided exclusive insight into a specific opportunity available. Both events were a result of TandemNSI’s ongoing public-private partnership designed to facilitate such connections between the national security establishment and tech innovators in the entrepreneurial community, with the goals of creating a vibrant ecosystem around national security innovation, and growing related businesses in Arlington.

In “Hacking the Federal Government,” representatives from DARPA, the Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), the Binary Group and Jones Day participated in a panel discussion that offered advice and guidance on taking advantage of nontraditional government acquisition instruments. Attendees learned that they need to be creative in finding solutions that fit government requirements. Attendees also learned about strategies for gaining direct exposure to federal research agency in order to help shape future acquisition requirements.

Just a week later, TandemNSI kicked off its “Featured Opportunity” series with a visit from CTTSO representatives to speak about their 3D printable bomb disposal robot challenge. The CTTSO panel offered event attendees a sneak peek as to what they’re looking for, from this particular challenge, as well as advice for how competitions are prime opportunities for meeting new, smart companies. Attendees also learned that proposals received as a result of these competitions are kept in the system and could be used at a later time.

Learn more about the CTTSO’s competition: 3D Printable Small Robot to Assist in Bomb Disposal.

Additionally, AED is following up with another session of specific guidance for entrepreneurs doing work with the Federal government.  Contrators are now required to provide a Contract Cybersecurity Risk Management Plan for any government projects. AED is hosting a special workshop specifically designed to guide attendees through the process of creating this complex plan. Risk management specialist Dr. Michael Chipley will lead attendees through generating a System Security Plan, Concept of Operations, and an Incident Response Plan.

The workshop is free, but registration is required. Read more about the How To Workshop.

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