AFVentures

AFVentures

A dual-use approach to national security solutions

AFVentures, the commercial investment arm of the Air Force, creates simple pathways for commercial innovators and private capital investment to help the Department of the Air Force solve problems.

Our Mission: To leverage commercial technology to deliver better capability to the warfighter, faster.

Our Vision: Develop the 21st Century Industry Base for Defense.

The flag-ship investment program at AFVentures is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program Open Topic.

With the Open Topic, AFVentures leverages a portion of the SBIR/STTR budget to enable the Air Force to develop and adopt commercially viable innovations while providing a competitive edge to the U.S. entrepreneur and technology ecosystem.



Business Opportunities


Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

The SBIR program enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization by partnering with Air Force units for customer discovery purposes.

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Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

The SBIR program’s counterpart, Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), is an opportunity for university teams (undergraduate, graduate, doctorate, post-doctorate, faculty/staff) that have formed companies and partnered with a university or non-profit entrepreneurial development organizations to do business with the Air Force.

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Agility Prime

The Agility Prime effort is a non-traditional program seeking to operationalize commercial electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) and other transformative vertical flight vehicles (i.e., “flying cars”) for government missions in a way that accelerates the emerging commercial market.

Review the documents below to learn how to get involved.

  • Request for Information
  • Air Race to Certification Area of Interest (AOI)
  • Air Race Data
  • Innovative Capabilities Opening (ICO)
  • Find an Air Force Customer


    Spark

    Spark is a decentralized network of Air Force bases around the world to execute locally generated ideas and projects.

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    Spark Collider

    Spark Colliders serve as an opportunity for Airmen to connect with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) companies and learn about additional resources available to them to make their ideas a reality.

    Learn more.


    Events


    AFWERX Fusion

    AFWERX Fusion is a two-day showcase hosted by AFWERX to bring together military with industry, academia, and investors to collaborate and solve some of the service’s most pressing issues.

    Spark Collider

    Spark Colliders serve as an opportunity for Airmen to connect with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) companies and learn about additional resources available to them to make their ideas a reality.

    Learn more.

    Focus Areas

    To connect with the Focus Area Author to find out more information on the Focus Area, please contact Focus.Areas@afwerx.af.mil


    Download Focus Areas

    Get Involved


    Below are some actions you can take today to help us build a smarter, faster Air Force.

    Check out our additional guides to the AFWERX ecosystem for Airmen and academia.