Using Defense Money to Grow Your Unicorn

Mar 13, 2023

11:30am – 12:30pm CT

Recording: Using Defense Money to Grow Your Unicorn, Mar 13, 2023

The U.S. Defense Department (DoD) has one of the largest budgets in the world, awarding $445 billion in contracts. Compare that to the private sector where start-up creation and investment was estimated at $105 billion. The DoD represents great opportunities for startups. The defense marketplace is also one of the most complex and bureaucratic landscapes that make navigating it extremely challenging. But lucrative defense contracts that can be landed. Early-stage non-dilutive defense funding has proved pivotal to scale market success. With money available from government programs, startups can actually get paid to develop commercial products. Learn how to navigate the complex Department of Defense and create dual-use companies that can land funding & lucrative DoD contracts.

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Jeff Decker

Stanford University

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