Friday, February 21, 2020

Twenty small business and technology companies will demonstrate their innovations during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Global Force Symposium and Exposition as part of the fourth round of the Army’s XTechSearch competition.

The Expeditionary Technology Search, shortened to XTechSearch, calls on companies to demonstrate technologies that can help the Army meet its modernization challenges. The goal is to seek nontraditional innovators and small businesses who can work with the Army, including through cooperative research opportunities with Army scientists, as the service continues its modernization efforts.

The 20 businesses chosen for XTechSearch 4.0 will demonstrate their innovations at the Global Force Symposium March 17–19 in Huntsville, Alabama, the service announced earlier this year.

“The 20 selected entrepreneurs and companies presented incredible capabilities and systems that we would have not otherwise seen or been able to support had it not been for Army xTechSearch,” said Bruce Jette, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, in a statement.

The companies showed off their innovations during three pitch events in January, including a Jan. 22–23 TechMatch event hosted by AUSA’s Greater Philadelphia (Penn & Franklin) chapter and designed to support Army modernization efforts through member engagement with local businesses and research institutions.

The businesses are:

  • Battle Sight Technologies of Dayton, Ohio
  • Bounce Imaging of Buffalo, New York
  • DroneShield of Warrenton, Virginia
  • FastVDO of Melbourne, Florida
  • FLITE Material Sciences of Somerville, Massachusetts
  • GeneCapture of Huntsville
  • Geopipe of New York, New York
  • Inductive Ventures of Marietta, Georgia
  • IoT/AI of Fremont, California
  • Kericure of Wesley Chapel, Florida
  • LumiShield Technologies of Pittsburgh
  • LynQ Technologies of Brooklyn, New York
  • MEI Micro of Addison, Texas
  • Multiscale Systems of Worcester, Massachusetts
  • NeuroFlow of Philadelphia
  • NanoSystems Laboratory of Chicago
  • NOVAA of Dublin, Ohio
  • Passenger of Austin, Texas
  • Primal Space Systems of Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Vita Inclinata Technologies of Broomfield, Colorado

During the Global Force Symposium, up to 12 of these companies will be chosen to move on to the next round of the competition. Each will receive $120,000 and six months to prepare for a proof of concept demonstration during AUSA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition Oct. 12–14 in Washington, D.C. At the end of that event, a winner will be announced and awarded a grand prize of $250,000.

Also scheduled for the Global Force Symposium is a series of demonstrations by the 12 finalists of XTechSearch 3.0. A winner for that round will be announced at the end of the conference.

For more information on XTechSearch, click here. For more on the AUSA Greater Philadelphia (Penn & Franklin) chapter TechMatch program, click here.

For more on the Global Force Symposium and Exposition, click here.