News | Oct 1, 2019

US Army sponsoring pitch contest, taking applications for xTechSearch 4.0

The U.S. Army is continuing a competition designed to reward tech entrepreneurs with cash prizes and an opportunity to apply for follow-on grants and contracts.

The Army Expeditionary Technology Search, better known as the xTechSearch, began recruiting small businesses into its fourth class on Tuesday.

The competition was started in 2018 and is sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisitions, Logistics, and Technology. It has evaluated more than 500 technologies and awarded $4.1 million to 102 small businesses including Adranos, whose rocket fuel won the first round and $200,000.

“xTechSearch, now launching its fourth cohort, is continuously evolving and improving the dialogue between Army stakeholders and small business innovators,” said Zeke Topolosky, a spokesman for the contest at the Army Research Laboratory. “Army stakeholders are learning about exciting new technologies and providing feedback to innovators on ways to pivot those technologies for specific Army users.”

The 40-day application window opened today. The deadline is Veterans Day (November 11).

The competition consists of four-phase progression that ends with proof-of-concept demonstrations at the Association of the United States Army conference.

“xTechSearch allows small businesses to engage directly with Army experts and provides networking opportunities for those businesses to stay engaged as their technologies evolve.  It is exciting to see the enthusiasm and motivation on both sides working to deliver new or improved capabilities to the men and women in uniform,” Topolosky said.

To learn more about eligibility and the application process, download the flyer below and visit the xTechSearch website.