美国家地理空间情报局启动新的科技加速器计划(英文)

2020-12-26  智邦网

编译 致远

据c4isr网12月25日报道

美国家地理空间情报局(NGA)在圣路易斯启动新的科技加速器计划,旨在促进商业初创公司开发新的地理空间技术。

计划通过与资本创新公司和密苏里技术公司合作经营,将选择八家企业参加为期13周的启动项目,为参与者提供100多万美元经费支持和激励措施,包括办公场所、业务指导、10万美元赠款、联系投资商以及提供NGA直接反馈。

项目实施期间,参与者将暂时迁往圣路易斯,计划明年3月启动。

NGA为首批项目明确了四个重点技术领域:先进分析和建模、数据完整性和安全性、数据管理和人工智能。

资本创新管理总监布莱恩·迪克森称:“通过专家指导,在圣路易斯建立蓬勃发展的创业园区,将为希望赢得政府及其他部门信任的初创企业提供一系列支持,奠定坚实基础。”

启动加速器计划,这在美国情报界尚属首次,将推动NGA对圣路易斯城投资,为NGA在西部建立新的前沿创新机构,与当地院校合作,推动优秀科技人才开发。

主要采取密切合作交流、促进技术转让等方式,以构建新的生态系统,最大限度地推动改变游戏规则的创新开发。

首批申请受理将于1月17日截止。


NGA launches new tech accelerator in St. Louis

WASHINGTON — The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is launching a new tech accelerator in St. Louis as a way to help commercial startups to develop new geospatial technologies.

The NGA Accelerator, which will be run in partnership with Capital Innovators and the Missouri Technology Corporation, will select eight companies to participate in its inaugural 13-week program. The program boasts more than $1 million in perks and incentives for participants, including office space, mentorship, $100,000 in grant funding, investor connections and direct feedback from NGA. Participants will temporarily relocate to St. Louis for the duration of the program, which is set to launch March 22.

NGA has selected four technology focus areas for the first cohort: advanced analytics and modeling, data integrity and security, data management and artificial intelligence.

“Geospatial-intelligence is a rapidly growing industry and the NGA Accelerator will be the epicenter for next-generation technologies,” said Capital Innovators Management Director Brian Dixon in a Dec. 15 statement. “We think our combination of expert mentorship, a burgeoning startup community in St. Louis, and a range of support services will form the perfect foundation for any early-stage company looking to build a reputation among the government sector and beyond.”

In a press release, NGA boasted that the accelerator is a first of its kind in the U.S. intelligence community.

The decision to place the program in St. Louis adds to NGA’s recent investments in the city, where the agency is building a new state-of-the-art facility to house NGA West and has partnered with local universities to develop talent for its workforce.

“This project is part of our larger effort to grow the world’s best geospatial ecosystem in St. Louis,” said NGA Director Vice Adm. Robert Sharp. “Our strategy is to work closely with talented teams in the region to form a whole that’s greater than the sum of its parts. Our tactics include close collaboration and technology transfer. The growing ecosystem is central to our efforts to maximize game-changing innovation.”

Applications to join the first cohort will be accepted through midnight Jan. 17.


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