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About Us

AFWERX is expanding technology, talent, and transition partnerships for rapid and affordable commercial and military capability.

Organizationally, AFWERX has three efforts: AFVentures, Spark, and Prime.

Commercial Technology Industrial Base: The first, AFVentures, is all about tapping both U.S. and global tech ecosystems, using military problems to accelerate commercial technologies. We are transforming the Air and Space Force into an early-stage “investor” that leverages private capital, accelerates commercialization using military missions, and grows the number of companies partnering with us.

Empowered and Innovative Airmen Talent: The second branch, Spark, is all about empowering innovation at the operational edge. Spark connects amazing Airmen and Space Professionals to commercial innovators using virtual collaboration, immersive training, and networking opportunities that inspire ideas and cultivate a creative Force. By connecting operators closer to acquisition, Spark provides both a voice and conduit to turn powerful ideas into powerful operational realities.

Accelerated Capability Through Transitions: The third branch, Prime, is all about priming—and then accelerating—emerging commercial markets using military missions and equities. In addition to funding, Prime programs will leverage other unique Department resources—like test infrastructure, certification authorities, interagency relationships, and early operational use cases—bringing the Air and Space Force’s full value proposition to bear by becoming an early adopter to de-risk emerging markets.

Air Force, DoD rallies industry, academia, service members to combat COVID-19

In collaboration with the COVID-19 National Response Team, AFVentures has created an industry portal to assess and respond to challenges presented by the pandemic.

AFWERX Named to Fast Company’s 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators

Through investments in innovation organizations like AFWERX and collaboration with private sector partners, the Air Force has set the foundation for organizational-wide culture and technological evolution.

Spark Tank 2021 encourages leadership to support Airmen ideas

As part of this effort, the wing and major command with the most number of ideas submitted by the end of the campaign will be recognized for mobilizing their organization to contribute to the Air Force's innovation mission.

Printing to protect: 3D printed face shields help joint fight against COVID-19

Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps service members on Oahu joined forces to help health care professionals at Tripler Army Medical Center by using 3D printers to make face shields.


Collaborate with Us

We're thrilled to have you join us on our mission to create a smarter, faster Air Force designed with Airmen needs at it's core.

Explore the following guides for ways to get involved.

Airmen Industry Academia
Spark Cells

Spark Cells are a grassroots innovation network that leverages the ingenuity of Air Force intrapreneurs at the base level and non-traditional partners to create unique opportunities for the military’s operational experts to collaborate with the top problem solvers in industry, academia, and the government.


AFWERX Challenge is the combination of the defense, academic, startup, private sector and small business worlds to collaborate through challenges and live events.

Spark Tank

Spark Tank is an annual event where Airmen pitch innovative ideas to top Air Force leadership and a panel of industry experts. Hosted each year at the Air Force Association’s Warfare Symposium, thousands of attendees watch the innovation pitches to senior leaders.


AFVentures harnesses the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to enable the Air Force to develop and adopt commercially viable innovations as integrated program components or operationally effective commercial off-the-shelf solutions while providing a competitive edge to the U.S. entrepreneur and technology ecosystem.

Participate in our Community

Learn about upcoming events, innovation challenges, and have the opportunity to submit your ideas.

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